"Bring the Noise" is a song by the American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero; the song was also released as a single that year. It later became the first song on the group's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The single reached No. 56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The song includes several shout-outs to fellow hip hop artists like Run–D.M.C., Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusually for a rap group, Yoko Ono, Sonny Bono and thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs. Anthrax later collaborated with Chuck D to cover the song.
In 1991, Public Enemy recorded a new version of "Bring the Noise" in collaboration with the thrash metal band Anthrax. Chuck D has stated that upon the initial request of Anthrax, he "didn't take them wholehearted seriously", but after the collaboration was done, "it made too much sense." It was included on the Anthrax compilation Attack of the Killer B's and as the final track on Public Enemy's own Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black album, and was followed by a joint-tour featuring the two groups, with shows ending with both groups on stage performing the song together. Chuck D went on to say that shows on the tour were "some of the hardest" they ever experienced, but when the two bands joined on stage for "Bring the Noise", "it was shrapnel". Anthrax first played "Bring the Noise" live in 1989, two years before the Public Enemy collaboration, and it has been a live staple ever since.
The recording was ranked No. 12 on VH1's 2006 list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs and is featured in the video games Die Hard Trilogy, WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW, WWE WrestleMania 21, WWE Day of Reckoning, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2.
The title of the Anthrax version is sometimes spelled "Bring tha Noise" or "Bring tha Noize".
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