10 August 2023

10 August 2023 - Metallica - Master of Puppets

By popular request, I'm posting this song.

In 1986, a band that was growing in popularity (but not getting much airplay) released their third albun, Master of Puppets.  The only single they released from that album was the title song, and it was a goddamn masterpiece.  The song is about their frustration with the music business how drugs can control your life. 

It was also the last album and therefore the band's last single that featured original bassist Cliff Burton, who passed away later in 1986.  This was his favorite song on that album, and its mine as well. The band all co-wrote the song, which features long instrumental breaks, dramatic tempo changes, and even an homage to David Bowie.

Those of you who know television know where I'm going here.

That's right.  James Hetfield's appearance on American Dad, which features this song.


No, no, that's not what you were looking for.

Of course, it was The Simpsons, where the band appears and featured this song and a super diss on the bus driver.


Ohhhh, no.  You meant Billions, the Showtime series.   You know, its seventh season comes tomorrow to Paramount+ (with Showtime).


OK, fine, 

Stranger Things generated TWO Billboard Hot 100 hits last year.  "Running Up That Hill" was a huge hit, but "Master of Puppets" featured prominently in the season finale, and made this song a top 40 hit - with airplay finally coming ON POP RADIO -(although rock radio played them even more) - in the United States, nearly 40 years after its initial release.

According to my sister, Eddie played this song on his guitar in the Upside Down to destract the demobats away from Venca's house, so Steve, Robin and Nancy could sneak in to try and hurt/kill Vecna before he got Max.

This is Eddie.   It's he who played the song.

There's no way in hell I'm posting a picture of Vecna.  I Googled that so you don't have to. 

I understood none of that, so I hope you did.


I just wanted to remind you that this song is 37 years old and the band still performs live, and they ALWAYS, to my knowledge, include this song, which is one of their most popular amonsgt fans (including my sister).

In current concerts, they actually use some of the Stranger Things images on the screen. Which you can see in this video, taken when they played in Western New York in 2022.  August 11, Highmark Staduim (which used to be called Rich Stadium and that's what it will always be to me).  I know this because my sister, Dawn, actually recorded this video.

The song is also featured in my favorite TikTok post... of mine.
@argylederojo This is @McRoblox17 ♬ Master of Puppets - Metallica

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