Metallica Unearths ‘Stranger Things’ Version On ‘Master Of Puppets’
Kate Bush isn’t the only musician to be rocked by “Stranger Things.” On Tuesday, Metallica shared her reaction to the show using her song “Master of Puppets,” saying she was “totally blown away.”
The latest volume of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series, which landed last Friday, features an epic moment for actor Joseph Quinn, who appears in season 4 as fan-favorite metalhead Eddie Munson. . In the season finale, Eddie performs “Master of Puppets” above the alternate universe version of his trailer as bloodthirsty “Demobats” swarm around him.
“It’s an incredible honor to be an integral part of Eddie’s journey and to once again keep company with all of the amazing artists featured on the show,” the band said in statements posted to social media.
Metallica, currently consisting of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, first released the song in March 1986.
Hours after the band’s reaction, Metallica’s Instagram page also shared a video of Hetfield performing the edgy opening riff “Master of Puppets” on stage in Prague.
“Master of Puppets” is the second ’80s track to feature prominently in the fourth season of “Stranger Things.” The first half of Season 4 spotlighted Bush’s 1985 “Running Up That Hill” cut in a crucial way for actor Sadie Sink’s character, Max Mayfield.
Like “Running Up That Hill,” “Master of Puppets” reaped recent benefits from the “Stranger Things” effect.
The Metallica song has since been featured in thousands of TikTok videos and climbed the iTunes charts. Since Tuesday, “Master of Puppets” has climbed to number one. Likewise, Bush’s track currently holds the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Pop chart. “Running Up That Hill” and “Master of Puppets” took first and second place, respectively, on iTunes’ Top Songs chart on Tuesday.
In response to the newfound love for “Running Up That Hill,” Bush said in June, “It’s all really exciting!”
“Thank you so much to everyone who supported the song. I look forward to the rest of the series in July,” the singer said in a statement at the time.