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.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.