Metallica “Totally Blown Away” with How ‘Stranger Things’ Utilized “Master of Puppets” in Season 4 Finale


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“Master of Puppets” remains one of the most well-known and widely beloved songs from Metallica — a “calling card” of the thrash metal titans‘ career, if you will, arguably one of the band’s most enduring tracks. Thanks to some key placement in the Season 4 finale of Netflix’s hit Stranger Things (which premiered on Friday), it’s also now surging up the streaming charts in the type of social media-fueled phenomenon that hasn’t been seen in … well, a few weeks (when Kate Bush’s “Running up That Hill” received its own renaissance thanks to the show).

To keep things mostly spoiler-free if you haven’t yet watched the latest season of the Netflix original series, a character named Eddie Munson (portrayed in the show by actor Joseph Quinn) wails away on electric guitar along with the track to keep a flock of otherworldly, interdimensional bats/monsters at bay.

In response to the wildly entertaining scene and the resurgence of “Master of Puppets,” which hit the top of the iTunes Rock chart on Wednesday thanks to this clip, Metallica reflected on the moment in an Instagram post:

The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include “Master of Puppets” in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it. We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?

It’s an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie’s journey and to once again be keeping company with all of the other amazing artists featured in the show.

 

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The dramatic sequence heavily features the song, which Entertainment Tonight said on Monday has since landed at number 12 on Spotify’s Top 50 U.S. chart and number 26 on the music platform’s Global Top 50. Quinn tells ET that the love from fans is “heartwarming” and “a completely overwhelming feeling.”

And the scene in question, which won’t make any sense if you’re not up to date:

ET quotes Quinn, who joined the cast of Stranger Things to play Eddie Munson this season, as saying “it’s pretty much all of me” featured on the guitar:

“I was lucky that I kind of I’ve played guitar since I was quite young so I had kind of the foundations to take most of it,” he explained. “It’s great fun, you know, who wouldn’t wanna kind of be a rock star for an afternoon or an evening?”

Quinn added that he was asked via text if he could play guitar, but it wasn’t until the show was back from hiatus that he really grasped what he’d be doing. “I think it might be the only world where like a sequence like that kind of can exist and it not feel ridiculous,” he said of the show. “I mean, obviously it is ridiculous, but it feels earned and it feels fun and it feels like the perfect crescendo to this kind of crazy sequence.”

Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo shared on Instagram that his son, Tye, contributed to the scene:

 

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The placement of Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” in the series also rejuvenated that song’s streaming success — so much so that it earned Bush her very first Top 10 hit in the United States. The song’s frequent use in the season, as a musical theme of sorts for the character Max Mayfield (played by Sadie Sink) went a long way toward boosting its popularity:

“[Stranger Things] is such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Bush said (per Stylist). “It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad!”

Stranger Things continues to be a pop culture powerhouse that won’t be stopped.



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