Before the IFC.com premiere of Metallica & Lou Reed’s Darren Aronofsky-directed video, here are 5 other Metallica collaborations we’ve enjoyed

Before the IFC.com premiere of Metallica & Lou Reed’s Darren Aronofsky-directed video, here are 5 other Metallica collaborations we’ve enjoyed (photo)

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It happened one fateful evening in New York back in 2009. Both Metallica and Lou Reed were on hand for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts, and after crossing paths back stage, realized they wanted to make more music together. “Lulu” is the resultant album that chance encounter yielded.

Reed asked Metallica, the exalted rulers of heavy metal, to help him provide a soundtrack to his theatrical piece of the same name. Last May, the two musical forces came together to create ten eclectic songs that sound like nothing you’ve heard from Metallica before.

But Metallica are no strangers to collaboration. In fact, the band — and its members — have teamed up with some other unlikely (and other, likely) collaborations in their past. Here’s a look back at five Metallica musical pairings you may not have known about.

And don’t forget to check back at 10am EST Saturday on IFC.com for the exclusive premiere of Metallica and Lou Reed’s new music video “The View,” directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Ja Rule and Metallica

Not sure what they were going for here, but in 2003, for the “Biker Boyz” soundtrack, Metallica ended up working with none other than Ja Rule. Two gravel-throated vocalists — on one track? It’s even better than it sounds. If you ever wanted to hear a Metallica tune laden with all the boast, bragger, and swagger of a hip-hop track, then you should definitely check out this unlikely pairing.

Ja handles most of the vocals on the song, called “We Did It Again,” and Hetfield does come in every once in a while on the track — mostly in the chorus, and towards the end of the chaotic track, when he intones, “Rip that smile right off your face.”

Metallica and Trey Parker and Matt Stone

You may have recognized James’ bad-ass vocals on the track “Hell Isn’t Good” from the film “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” when you first saw the movie. It’s kind of hard to not notice it’s James Hetfield singing, and most Metallica fans have always assumed it was James.

But “South Park” fans long believed it was Trey Parker, merely paying homage to Hetfield who isn’t credited for his vocal contributions. James admitted in a 2000 interview that it was him singing as a screaming Kenny plummets towards the fires of hell, meeting nefarious characters like Hitler and…uhm…Gandhi on his way down.

Metallica and Ray Davies

“See My Friends,” Ray Davies’ latest album, hit stores earlier this year and featured new studio collaborations, offering different takes on classic Kinks tunes. For “You Really Got Me,” Davies enlisted the mighty chops of Metallica.

The result is a version of the well-known track that your parents wouldn’t even recognize. Metallica turned it into a hard-rocking, fist-pumper of a metal anthem. We get Hetfield on vocals first, followed by Ray who comes in and just turns up the bad-ass level to 11. It’s definitely a version made for lovers of riffs, as it features a dazzling solo and a really great intro.

On a side note, “See My Friends” also boasts collaborations with the pride of New Jersey — which, depending on who you ask, is Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi, who are both featured on the album — along with The Pixies’ Black Francis and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan.

Metallica and Mercyful Fate

In 1993, Mercyful Fate released their imposing album “In The Shadows” which features a song called “Return of the Vampire 1993,” which features the drumming of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

It’s pretty much one of the only times Lars has worked outside of Metallica, other than in film. Of course, the song rules because of King Diamond, one of heavy metal’s best and most beloved vocalists.

Metallica and K’Naan

In 2009, Somali-Canadian hip hop artist K’Naan enlisted Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett for the track “If Rap Gets Jealous.”

The track appears on K’Naan’s “Troubadour,” and while you may not recognize Kirk’s fancy finger work, please do enjoy the Eminem-style vocals of K’Naan.

Check back at 10am EST Saturday on IFC.com for the exclusive premiere of Metallica and Lou Reed’s new music video “The View,” directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Let us know about your favorite Metallica collaboration in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.


IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
Die Hard wedding

Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
Die Hard restroom

Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
Die Hard dance

Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
Die Hard thank you

Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
Die Hard valentines


The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
Die Hard thank you

Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
Die Hard errands

Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
Die Hard office

Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.


Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.


A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.


Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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