Anvil’s Lips: ‘We Got F***Ed’ by the Music Industry


Guitarist/singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow canadian metal legends ANVIL was asked in a new interview with the “Heavy Metal Chaos” radio show if he thinks the group would still exist if it hadn’t been for the success of their documentary, “Anvil! The Anvil Story”. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Of course we would still exist. We existed before the movie for 13 fucking albums, man, so why wouldn’t we exist afterwards?

“Actually, you know what’s really interesting, and that’s something people should consider: if the band was crap and really didn’t make sense, the movie would never have been made to begin with” , he continued. “That’s the first step. And that was because of the music and the breakthrough and the amazement the band had that made a kid come back 30 years later and make a movie about the injustice of something that deserved fame, the injustice that got is produced. Wanting to right a wrong – that’s what it was about; that’s what it was about. It’s not that the group was unworthy. We got fucked by the business. And you can feel it and look at it however you fucking want, but you weren’t in the fucking car so you didn’t see what happened when it broke. You were not there. You did not witness the accident. I was in the accident – I witnessed it – so I know what happened. So you want to blame it on the band? No. You can’t blame the band; the band had huge, huge potential at one point, then had the rug pulled out from under them at the worst time it could have happened – in 1983. Goodbye. We opened to fuck AEROSMITH, everything happens, and then all of a sudden we are no longer. No record company, no fucking tours, no fucking nothing. It’s finish. And you don’t release another record for four fucking years, the most important years in heavy metal?”

“Anvil! The Anvil Story” was named one of the best documentaries of 2009 by a slew of film critics associations across the continent, including critics in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Las Vegas, as well as the International Documentary Associationthe Online Film Critics Societyand the National Society of Film Critics. It also made year-end Top 10 lists in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweekand Voice of the village.

“Anvil! The Anvil Story” was the screenwriter’s first film Sasha Gervasi (“The terminal”) and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham (“The Kite Runner” and “The Motorcycle Diaries”). The movie follows Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner and their gang, ANVILwho released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982 “Metal on Metal”. The album influenced a whole musical generation of rock bands, including METALLIC, KILLERand ANTHRAXall of whom have sold millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path – straight into darkness. The film was both entertaining and touching as it followed their ultimate quest for fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them.

ANVILthe new album of, “The impact is imminent”will arrive on May 20 via AFM recordings.

Like its three predecessors, “The anvil is the anvil” (2016), “Hammering the Pavement” (2018) and “Finally legal” (2019), “The impact is imminent” was produced by Martin “Mattes” Pfeiffer and Jörg Uken to Ukenit is sound pavilion studios in Germany.

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