Happy Birthday: Lars Ulrich
It’s Lars Ulrich’s birthday today, and to celebrate, we’ve picked four of our favorite covers that Metallica has turned in over their course of their career. Not that we couldn’t have selected several more, but we thought we’d keep our cool and limit ourselves to four. If you’re a fan, then you’ve probably heard and loved at least two of these already, but if the other two haven’t crossed your radar up ‘til now, then we’re happy to have introduced you to them.
1. “Cretin Hop” (Ramones): When Metallica was invited to participate in the Ramones tribute album, WE’RE A HAPPY FAMILY, the band actually recorded six of their favorite Ramones songs. In the end, it was their take on “53rd and 3rd” that made the cut, but this was one of the other songs they tackled…and since we know you’re curious, the other four tracks were “Commando,” “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World,” “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” and “We’re a Happy Family.”
2. “Stone Cold Crazy” (Queen): Recorded for RUBAIYAT, the 2-disc set released by Elektra Records in celebration of the label’s 40th anniversary. The album featured current artists on the label doing covers of songs by artists who’d been on the label at some point. As you can hear, Metallica absolutely shredded on their version of “Stone Cold Crazy,” introducing a number of their younger fans to the song for the very first time.
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3. “Turn the Page” (Bob Seger): By the time Metallica tackled this 1972 song about enduring the trials and tribulations of being a road warrior, the average radio listener mostly knew Bob Seger for overplayed tunes like “Night Moves,” “Like a Rock,” and “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll.” This cover gave younger listeners a kick in the pants, reminding them that Seger’s back catalog is full of some real gems that don’t get spun nearly enough.
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4. “Clampdown” (The Clash): When the band turned up for their set at the annual Bridge School Benefit this past November, they were all geared up and ready to play some cover songs, and among their selections was this Clash classic. Their stripped-down performance of the track is a ton of fun, made all the more enjoyable by their obvious enjoyment of playing the song.