James Hetfield Calls Master Of Puppets’ Success In Stranger Things ‘Bizarre’

James Hetfield, the frontman of iconic metal band Metallica, recently expressed his bewilderment over the resurgence in popularity of their song ‘Master of Puppets,’ due in part to its inclusion in the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things.’ In an interview with Today Show Australia, Hetfield shared his thoughts on the phenomenon, attributing it to fans who have grown up with the band and now work in the entertainment industry.

In the season finale of ‘Stranger Things,’ a character named Eddie Munson performed ‘the most metal concert ever’ in the show’s Upside Down alternate universe, playing ‘Master of Puppets’ among other songs. This rendition introduced the song to a new generation of fans, demonstrating its enduring power to influence and inspire metalheads.

Following this exposure, Metallica released an animated lyric video for the song, created by UK design studio ILOVEDUST, which quickly garnered over half a million views on the band’s YouTube channel. As Hetfield suggested, the song’s newfound popularity may be the result of longtime fans incorporating their favorite tracks into their work in film and television, thus introducing the music to a whole new audience.

James Hetfield’s words about the resurgence of ‘Master of Puppets’ read:

“It’s fantastic, us and Kate Bush, we should probably go on tour again. It’s just bizarre that people actually like the song ‘Master of Puppets,’ and the fact that it’s had a big resurgence. It’s a testament to, I think, you know, fans of ours that have grown up with us and now are in careers like in movies or other things bringing the music they love into their work now. So yeah, I mean the ‘Stranger Things’ people being fans of Metallica that’s what happens.”

The usage of ‘Master of Puppets’ in this series can be interpreted as a message for television and film producers, and raises the question of whether we will see more of this type of old-school metal in future productions. The inclusion of ‘Master of Puppets’ suggests that there is still a demand for this genre of music and a desire to see it featured in contemporary media.