For all of Metallica's musical triumphs over the years there have been missteps that even the fan club members would rather forget. They are one of the best metal bands in the world and pioneered bringing metal into the mainstream in a way that hadn't been done before. The San Francisco group has been putting out incredible albums since 1983 so having a few questionable songs in the catalog comes with the territory. Of course, some of them are certainly more questionable than others.
For a band that has a history of making metal look cool, there's bound to be some uncool standouts from time to time. Here are some of the most un-metal moments in the band's catalog.
2011's Lulu, a collaborative album between Metallica and the late music legend Lou Reed, was the most divisive project in Metallica's history, second only to Some Kind Of Monster. Diehard fans appreciated Metallica's attempt at working outside their comfort zone while other fans blasted the project. "Little Dog" is a prime example of both the oddball collection of songs that made Lulu and the weirdly un-metal left turns Metallica has taken over the years.
The soundtrack to the 2003 underground motorcycle film Biker Boyz brought Metallica together with two unlikely collaborators - Ja Rule and Swizz Beatz. If that seems odd, that's because it is. It's an extremely strange musical happening, and was so confusing to fans that it continues earning a spot on a list of the 20 most awkward musical collaborations.
Metallica's 1996 album Load was released a year before their album Reload and designed to be the first in what the band intended as a double album. Load was meant to be a departure and an attempt at experimentation. One of those experiments is "Ronnie," and it's certainly not the thrash metal fans were used to at the time.
The song, built around a bluesy riff, features a speaking part from Hetfield, who puts on something of a southern drawl to deliver the lyrics that are allegedly about a 1995 school shooting but delivers none of the power of Metallica classics like "Ride The Lightning."
Whether or not Metallica did the Kinks' classic "You Really Got Me" justice is debatable, but their cover - performed alongside Kinks' founder Ray Davies - is certainly something. Metallica's version is probably closer to Van Halen's riff-centric take on the song than the original, but is undoubtedly uncharacteristic of Metallica regardless of which version they used as a template.