Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ tops rock charts after Stranger Things 4

First Kate Bush, now Metallica. ‘Master of Puppets’ climbs the charts thanks to stranger things!

The last two episodes of stranger things 4 hit last weekend, and on top of the monster-hunting mayhem, we also got the most metal gig ever. As part of the Hawkins gang’s elaborate plan to kill the murderous Vecna, D&D master metalhead Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) whips out his trusty guitar in the Upside Down and cranks his amp up to eleven in order to attract a swarm of Demobats. away from Maison Creelle. The song Eddie is playing is Metallica’s “Master of Puppets,” the title track from the band’s 1986 album and one of the most iconic metal songs of all time.

Much like when the show featured Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” in Volume 1, the use of “Master of Puppets” propelled the song up various music charts and introduced it to a whole new generation of fans. . As of this writing, “Master of Puppets” is number one on the iTunes rock charts and number 29 on all of iTunes. On Spotify, the song climbed to number 15 in the US Top 50 and 12 in the UK Spotify charts, per The envelope. Meanwhile, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” still tops that same Spotify USA Top 50 chart, more than a month after it premiered. stranger things 4 volume 1.

The power of stranger things cannot be underestimated. The show does a public service, really.

NAPA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 27: (L-R) Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield of Metallica perform during BottleRock Napa Valley 2022 at Napa Valley Expo on May 27, 2022 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Metallica reacts to “Master of Puppets” in stranger things

As you might guess, Metallica is pretty happy with how their song was used on the show. The band posted on Instagram over the weekend to share their thoughts on how their music has been used in stranger thingsand had nothing but good things to say.

“The way the Duffer Brothers integrated music into stranger things has always been on the next level, so we were beyond thrilled that they would not only include ‘Master of Puppets’ in the show, but also have such a crucial stage built around it,” the band wrote. “We were all thrilled to see the end result and when we did we were totally blown away…it’s so extremely well done, so much so that some people could guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of the hands of Joseph Quinn in the trailer!! How crazy is that? »

It’s an incredible honor to play such a big part in Eddie’s journey and to be in the company of all the other amazing artists featured on the show again.

It turns out that Metallica was involved on many levels. In addition to using their music on the show, Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo, actually played the extra guitar parts for the song which were mixed with the 1986 studio track on the show. . Rob Trujillo posted on Instagram after the finale’s release to praise his son for the epic shredding, and also credit Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett for helping Tye out with some of the parts. To keep with the family!

stranger things the music supervisor speaks using “Master of Puppets”

stranger things has always had a fairly robust soundtrack, with musical nods to classic sci-fi and horror films of the era as well as many 80s hits. songs to choose from, however, stranger things Music supervisor Nora Felder says Eddie’s Upside Down shredding fest was built specifically around “Master of Puppets.”

“It was another one of those ‘this has to be that song’ moments,” Felder said. Variety. “This part of the story was to be a pivotal and particularly hair-raising scene in which Eddie heroically stood up for the fight of his life. I believe the Duffer Brothers felt that playing ‘Master of Puppets’ throughout the Extended Stage was the obvious choice. No other songs were discussed further, and we jumped to erase it right away.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield said “Master of Puppets” was about drug addiction, but the show used it to comment on Vecna’s mind control abilities. “They share similarities in that they each have life-destroying powers that rob people of their essential personal powers,” Felder said. “The aggressive sound of up-tempo metal belies its psychological and socially conscious warning lyrics, which are rooted in a sensitive concern for others. The sensitive side we saw in Eddie, which is clearly evident in the scene where he meets Chrissy, is also masked and covered up by Eddie’s abrasive public image.

It’s not the first time that stranger things used Metallica music; Max Mayfield’s older brother Billy was a fan of the band, blasting their song “The Four Horsemen” during Season 2. So when it came time to get the band’s endorsement, Felder was confident.

“I contacted Metallica’s management office and carefully considered the scene and what the intent would be,” Felder recalled. “I knew the release would be taken seriously because we used one of their songs in Season 2 and learned at that time that they were fans of the show. ‘Master of Puppets’ is a pretty big song in their catalog, and I think it’s considered one of their favorites in their concerts. I wanted to be respectful in making sure that Metallica fully understood the context in which the song was used, as well as its importance for the scene and for this exciting new character, Eddie Munson, who no one had yet met in previous seasons.

As for filming the scene itself, Felder confirmed that Eddie Munson actor Joseph Quinn actually learned the 8-minute, 35-second metal opus on guitar. So while the music we hear on the show is a mix of the original Metallica studio track and Tye Trujillo’s added guitar playing, Quinn dedicated his time to making sure Eddie Munson would actually be seen playing. the song on screen.

“Yes, Joseph took the time to learn the guitar riff and was actually playing on a guide track,” Felder said. “Everyone thought he had done a great job.”

STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Joseph Quinn learned to play “Master of Puppets” during stranger things

Naturally, Quinn weighed in on all of this as well. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was a kid, luckily, but I never kept it all the time. But it meant I had the basics there,” Quinn said. Squire. “I went to the guitar store and bought a guitar, and started practicing maniacally.”

I just remember being completely stunned by the kind of… there’s a very specific world in which something like this could exist. And [series creators Matt and Ross Duffer] have created this world in which he does not feel forced. I think it was the first scene I shot when I came back from Christmas vacation. When we got up there, me and Gaten [Matarazzo] just had the best time. It was quite a large crew that day. Plus, there was a feeling that it was the first time people had seen live music in a long time. No one would like to hear [me play it live], but I practiced and learned the song. We had a backing track playing and the whole crew was scrambling and we were having a blast. I still feel extremely lucky.

Along with acting from Quinn, additional guitar parts from Tye Trujillo, and the original studio track from Metallica, the Upside Down metal gig also featured a guitar body double for Eddie: guitarist Aidan Fisher, whose fingers you see playing the solo during “Master of Puppets. Fisher first came to public prominence in 2013, when he was brought on stage at a Steel Panther concert after challenging the band’s guitarist to hair satirical metal to a rock-off. Fisher was just eleven at the time, but he was shredding like a true pro. The video of his performance went viral and launched him on a career as a guitar player for hire.

After the release of stranger things 4Fisherman tweeted released a video of him playing Kirk Hammett’s iconic solo in “Master of Puppets,” which also includes a fun photo of him and Joseph Quinn both dressed in their Eddie Munson costumes.

“I had a stroke,” Quinn said of the experience. “Who doesn’t want to feel like a rock star for an afternoon?”

The nine episodes of stranger things 4 are now streaming on Netflix.

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