“You all started at ground zero simultaneously. 🤘🏻”
When Weird things Finally returning to our screens for its fourth season in May, no one expected the huge cultural impact it was going to have.
While Netflix was already established to offer epic sci-fi special effects with a healthy palette of ’80s nostalgia, its huge popularity has yet to impact the music industry.
But that all changed with the fourth episode of season four, which live alone Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running That Hill” topped the charts.
Nearly 40 years after its initial release, the ’80s classic has been given a new lease on life after being featured in main scene who saw Max (Sadi Sink) desperately trying to escape from Vicna’s clutches.
Max’s friends played her favorite song in an attempt to lure her back to the real world, and Sadie gave an impressive performance as she battled the monster while Kate’s eccentric vocals served as the soundtrack.
The scene has easily earned a place as one of the best music moments in television history, and it turns out there are just as many places it came from as the remaining episodes of Weird things Playing outside.
It was the season 4 finale that provided us with another “Running Up That Hill” moment, with Metallica’s 1986 hit “Master of Puppets” taking center stage during the episode. peak moment.
In the scene, fan favorite Eddie Monson (played by Joseph Quinn) whips out a version of the classic metal with his electric guitar while trying to create a diversion in the Upside Down.
It’s a pivotal moment in the series, and the new character’s popularity combined with the 36-year-old’s epic performance of the song made Metallica climb to the top of the charts.
In fact, spotify Reported that “Masters of Puppets” was downloaded 17.5 million times in the week following the episode’s release, and quickly reached number one on the US rock iTunes chart.
And Metallica themselves gave the scene their stamp of approval, saying they were “stunned” using their song.
The way The Duffer Brothers combined music Weird things We were always next level, so we were very excited for them to not only include ‘Master Of Puppets’ in the show but to build such a pivotal scene around it,” they wrote on social media at the time.
“We were all so touched seeing the end result and when we did, we were totally blown away… It was so well done, that some people were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hand in the trailer!! How cool is that?” They added. “It’s an incredible honor to be such a part of Eddie’s journey and to once again be with all the other great artists on the show.”
Metallica is getting more and more excited TikTok video From the scene with a video of themselves performing the song wearing Hellfire Club jerseys from the show.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Metallica guitarist Robert Trujillo confirmed that his son Ty has tracked down the extra guitar parts for the version of the song used in Weird things.
But despite the obvious rocker involvement in the Netflix pickup of their song, some long-time Metallica fans were unimpressed by the band’s sudden surge in popularity.
“Sorry for being elitist, but I can’t stand it Weird things They used that song, and now everyone’s acting like a big fan,” one person tweeted. “I’ve been listening to Metallica for about 9 years, and none of you have ever heard of FAKE FRICKERS at that time.”
Another wrote: “The fact that Metallica [are] It became mainstream in 2022 due to an episode of Weird things It makes my pent-up teenage anger difficult.”
Others have gone so far as to share their thoughts directly with the band by commenting on their TikTok posts. Someone said: “I’m sorry Metallica for all the fakes Weird things fans.”
But the group was ready with the perfect response, writing in response: “Don’t be sorry. Everyone is welcome to the Metallica family. If they like ‘Dolls’, they’ll probably find plenty of other songs to join in.”
The comment was one of many that Metallica received, with the band eventually making a comment on a TikTok video that defended its new fans.
They reiterated, “FYI – everyone is welcome in the Metallica family.” “Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music.”
Then they pointed out: “You all started at ground zero simultaneously. 🤘🏻”
Metallica immediately praised their healthy attitude towards welcoming new listeners Weird thingsand ended up sparking a conversation about people trying to “guard the gate” from music.
Many pointed out that it was actually an honor to introduce metal music to a new audience, especially the younger generation.
“Metallica said everyone is welcome,” one fan wrote in a comment that liked the band. “Stop guarding the gate and cuddling the new fans, embracing the youngsters who find a foothold in the genre. 🖤✨🤘🏼”
Another wrote on Twitter: “If you’re upset about it Weird things He introduces more people to Metallica, and he tries to keep the gate. You’re what’s wrong with the culture of music.”
Another person pointed out that discovering the band through the TV show is no different from being introduced by older family members.
“I grew up in Metallica. Imagine my father’s gate blocking it from me??? But no, he conveyed his love for their music just as I do now with my children,” they wrote.
Another added, “Look, even Metallica isn’t the guard on Metallica. 🎸🤘🏻”
Others pondered the fact that this was a similar reaction to “Running Up That Hill”‘s return to radio, including Some scathing comments Directed by Taika Waititi.
Taika said recently NME It felt as if Weird things Kate Bush was “devastated,” adding that he was “really annoyed” with her song being used on the show.
“I’ve become one of those old brutes who’s like: ‘Those kids have never listened to Kate Bush. They just heard one song on a TV show! He explained at the time. “They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush! “
“If you keep the younger generations to get to Kate Bush and Metallica Weird things You are my enemy,” one tweet read. “Have a damned life and leave the kids alone, and let them discover and enjoy the classics no matter what means they find them.”
Another person actively welcomed the new listeners to their fan base as they shared: “To Weird things Fans: Welcome to Kate Bush. We seniors have known about it for years, and now it’s your time too.”
Another person echoed: “One of the best results around Weird things is that there is a *group* of people discovering Kate Bush for the first time. And I mean yes, they should have known about Kate Bush beforehand, but that’s still a good thing.”
Others pointed out that Metallica and Kate Bush were already very popular artists with 21 Grammy Award nominations between them before. Weird thingsso finding new fans isn’t exactly new.
“Weird things Are you all trying to protect Kate Bush and that’s embarrassing. Honey, it’s Kate Bush. You didn’t discover anything,” one wrote.
Metal Society ‘hardcore’ before Weird thingsAnother tweeted: “I don’t listen to Metallica because they are very mainstream.” “The same people after Weird things: “Damnett is now Metallica is the main.”
“Poisonous metal heads that act like Metallica were never prevalent before Weird thingsA third person added. Another sarcastically said, “Oh my God, I just opened Weird thingsAnd I think this little-known artist, Kate Bush, was really into something. So nice of producers to give her music a chance.”
Similar to Metallica, Kate Bush showed her appreciation for Weird things She aired “a new lease on life” in her decades-old song in a rare statement posted on her website.
“You may have heard that the first part of a great new series of Weird things It was recently released on Netflix.” “It features the song “Running Up That Hill” which young fans who love the show are giving a whole new lease on life – love it too!”
“Because of this, ‘Running Up That Hill’ is shown all over the world and entered the UK chart at number eight. It’s all really exciting!” Bush is gone. “Many thanks to everyone who supported the song. I am looking forward to the rest of the series in July.”
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