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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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