On The Flippity-Flop: Metallica Gets The Diamond Award

Jun 26th, 2007 // 7 Comments

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ARTIST: Metallica
SONG: “The Prince”
FIRST APPEARANCE: As the B-side to the One single, 1988; later appeared on Garage Inc.
WHY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN A-SIDE: Metallica has recorded dozens of cover songs, and while this Diamond Head homage wasn’t the group’s best remake moment, it did serve as a British-rock primer for several impressionable younguns (some of whom had no doubt never ever heard of the band until they picked up this cassingle).

Metallica – The Prince [MP3, link expired]

  1. PengIn

    Nice pick. This is certainly better than (though not as funny as) their early 80s demo take of this track wherein Hetfield sounds like a little girl singing after inhaling a couple of balloons worth of helium.

    I miss the days when Metallica didn’t suck.

  2. Bazooka Tooth

    I, too, miss the days when Metallica wasn’t INCREDIBLY LAME. I came across copies of Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning the other day at the library, and both have been blasting from my jogging playlist since.

    Also, made me think of one of the best lines of cinema dialogue ever: “Park it yourself, Metallica breath!”

  3. noamjamski

    As a very young impressionable lad in 1987 Metallica blessed me with a very significant musical discovery via the $5.98 Garage Days EP: Killing Joke.

    Based on the door that opened, their cover of “The Wait” basically changed my life.

    As sad and out of touch as that band has become, they used to use their fame and power to champion their favorite bands of the underground, which is of course totally awesome.

  4. PengIn

    @noamjamski: Agreed. If not for their cover of Breadfan, I probably wouldn’t have heard of Budgie.

  5. knuckleschool

    dude. Metallica OPENED with “Bread Fan” on the “And Justice For All” show in my town. And all 18,000 plus knew every word. So not happening with any act these days.

    Praise be to thee, Cassingle..

  6. capn_guthrie

    Wow, this takes me back to a much more 9th grade time. Ima go listen to Kill Em All.

  7. Feh Am Legend

    @noamjamski: Man, I’m so old that I was hipped to that KJ record by the hardcore kids in my high school, probably about the same time James was taping Lar’s copy of it. But, indeed, it had a mighty impact.

    But thanks for this; my girlfriend is gonna love it. Me, as far as metal went I really liked them before they became rock stars but they seemed to get progressively more lame as I lost my taste for metal. But hearing this is a kick and reminds me of why it could be so fuckin’ excellent. It’s just the guitar solos. I, for one, was happy when punk rock cut down on guitar solos.

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