Metallica’s largest music is “Enter Sandman,” however in an interview with Gibson Icons (seen beneath), guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that he by no means anticipated the music to be successful. In truth, his projections for the recognition of the monitor ended up being fairly expensive as he misplaced his Porsche in a wager with the band’s tour supervisor.
“‘Enter Sandman’ by no means struck me as being successful music,” mentioned Hammett. “None of these songs [from the Black Album] ever struck me as being hit songs. They struck me as being simply actually good, concise songs with nice durations of heaviness and nice durations of melody. And when the album simply began promoting the way in which it did, I couldn’t imagine it.”
The guitarist continued, “I even had a wager with our tour supervisor. He mentioned, ‘It’s gonna promote six million by this date.’ And I used to be, like, ‘I’ll provide you with my Porsche 911 Carrera if that occurs.’ And guess what? It occurred. And guess what? I needed to give him my Porsche 911 Carrera.”
Throughout the chat, Hammett lays a lot of the reward for the music and the black album’s success with producer Bob Rock, who satisfied the band to report in the identical room collectively. As soon as listening to all the things again, Hammett might see (and listen to) the distinction made.
“The primary time I heard it on the radio, I used to be blown away by how good it sounded. ‘Trigger [1988’s] ‘One’ sounded fairly good on the radio, it sounded fairly good on MTV, regardless that it was compressed as shit, however there was one thing in regards to the Black Album and all of the tracks that simply made it leap out of the radio,” mentioned Hammett, including, “Perhaps it’s ’trigger there’s a lot presence within the drums – the drums are so crisp. I don’t know. However each monitor that’s performed on the radio simply leaps out of the radio. There’s simply a lot presence. To me, that’s the factor that I carry on going again to – how good it sounds after I hear it on the radio.”
“Enter Sandman” was the lead single off 1991’s self-titled black album. Although it solely hit No. 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart, the music did crossover to the Billboard Sizzling 100 peaking at No. 16. The Wayne Isham-directed video was additionally named as MTV’s Greatest Laborious Rock Video in 1992.
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