“Stranger Things” had Metallica in mind when writing the guitar scene

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There was no band other than Metallica in mind for stranger things 4pivotal guitar scene to end the season. series creators Duffer Brothers had already envisioned the influential metal band’s “Master of Puppets” in the now-iconic part led by metalhead character Eddie Munson from their very first writing.

That’s what Hannah Davis, Director of Creative Sync Licensing for Metallica’s management company Q Prime, explained in a recent column on Metallica Official “So what!” Blog. (Stop reading here for any spoiler-y info, or watch the scene below.)

“The song was scripted by the Duffer Brothers,” Davis says, “so it was on their mind from the very beginning. Nora [Felder, Stranger Things music supervisor] contacted me in November 2020. … Nora explained the scene to me and explained the character of Eddie Munson to me.

Davis continues, “Because he was a new character, there was no real reference for how much of a ‘fan’ he was, so Nora explained that he was a metalhead and fans liked him. She explained how it all started with him playing the riff on guitar, a visual instrument, and then the Metallica recording was coming.”

She recalls, however, “We didn’t know the full scope in terms of how long the song was played or what exactly the song would be used for. … But everyone was so excited it was a quick ‘yes’.”

Either way, Metallica, already ingrained in pop culture, saw its music reach new listeners with placements such as July 1st. stranger things bring up. Last Saturday (July 9), the group reacted in a duo with the scene on TikTok. On Sunday, July 10, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” appeared in a new orchestral version on HBO Westworld.

Tye Trujillo, the 17-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, contributed the guitar solo used on the recording for stranger things. It is also one of the most recent stranger things soundtrack, which includes other cuts from KISS, Journey and Talking Heads.

Giving a brief primer on licensing, Davis says, “Synchronization licensing occurs when a piece of music is synchronized with visual media. Use of a piece of music in this context requires a license, approval, for both the master recording and the underlying composition. »

She adds, “I have relationships with music supervisors like Nora…and I pitch our artist’s music for specific shows and scenes and sometimes get briefings on shows and so on during production. I present in everything from film and television to commercials and video games.”

Munson, played by Joseph Quinn, waves the heavy metal flag throughout stranger things 4, which premiered on Netflix in May. On the show, he wears a Dio back patch in addition to playing guitar. Quinn even listened to metal to prepare for the role.

Metallica, together for more than 40 years, will wrap up their current streak of scheduled world tour dates in August. Last year, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said it was “far too early” to talk about a new Metallica album, although the band had apparently been working on one.

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