“All of you once started from scratch. 🤘🏻”
When very strange things finally returned to our screens with a fourth season back in May, no one could have guessed the huge cultural impact it would have.
While the Netflix hit was already made to deliver epic sci-fi special effects served up with healthy ’80s nostalgia, its massive popularity has yet to impact the music industry.
But that all changed with the release of the fourth episode of the fourth season, which single-handedly revived Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” to the top of the charts.
Nearly 40 years after its original release, the 80s classic has been given new life after it featured a pivotal scene in which Max (Sadie Sink) desperately tried to break free from Vecna’s clutches.
Max’s friends played her favorite song in an attempt to bring her back to the real world, and Sadie gave an impressive performance while fighting the monster, with Kate’s quirky vocals serving as the soundtrack.
This scene easily cemented its place as one of the best musical moments in TV history, and it turns out there was a lot more where it came from as the remaining episodes very strange things played out.
It was the season 4 finale that provided us with another “Running Up That Hill” moment, with Metallica’s 1986 song “Master of Puppets” taking center stage at the episode’s climax.
In this scene, fan favorite Eddie Munson (played by Joseph Quinn) plays his electric guitar to a classic version of metal while trying to have some fun at the Upside Down.
It’s a pivotal moment in the series, and the new character’s popularity, combined with his epic rendition of the 36-year-old song, has catapulted Metallica to the top of the charts.
In fact, Spotify reported that “Masters of Puppets” had 17.5 million downloads in the week following the episode’s release and quickly reached number one on the US iTunes rock chart.
And Metallica themselves gave the scene their approval, stating that they were “overwhelmed” by the use of their song.
“The way the Duffer brothers turned the music on very strange things has always been the next level, so we were thrilled that they not only put ‘Master Of Puppets’ on the show, but built such a key stage around it,” they wrote on social media at the time.
“We were all thrilled to see the final result, and when we did it, we were just blown away… It’s so well done, so much so that some people were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s song. hands in the trailer!! How insanely cool is that? they added. “It’s an incredible honor to be such an important part of Eddie’s journey and once again to be part of the company of all the other great artists featured on the show.”
Further bolstering their excitement, Metallica duetted a TikTok video of the scene and a video of them performing the song in Hellfire Club t-shirts from the show.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo confirmed that his son Ty had recorded additional guitar parts for the version of the song used in very strange things.
But despite the rockers’ apparent involvement in Netflix picking up their song, some of Metallica’s more longtime fans are unimpressed by the band’s sudden surge in popularity.
“Sorry for being elitist, but I can’t stand it very strange things used this song and now everyone is acting like they’re big fans,” one person tweeted. “I listened to Metallica for about 9 years and none of you fake FRICKERS fanatics even heard of them back then.”
Another wrote: “The fact that Metallica [are] goes mainstream in 2022 due to episode very strange things makes my repressed teenage anxiety rage HIGHLY.”
Others have gone as far as to share their thoughts directly with the group by commenting on their TikTok posts. One person said: “I feel sorry for Metallica for all the fakery. very strange things fans.”
But the group cooked up the perfect response, writing back, “Don’t be sorry. Everyone in the Metallica family is welcome. If they like Puppets, chances are they’ll find a lot of other songs they like.”
And that comment was one of many received by Metallica, as the band ended up pinning a comment on a TikTok video defending their new fans.
“FYI, EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica family,” they repeated. “Whether you’re a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, music connects us all.”
They then pointed out, “All of you started from scratch at some point. 🤘🏻”
Metallica received immediate applause for their healthy attitude towards taking on new listeners behind their backs. very strange thingsand it ended up causing talk of people trying to “gate” the music.
Many have said that it was a great honor for me to introduce metal music to a new audience, especially the younger generation.
“Metallica said WELCOME EVERYONE,” wrote one fan in a comment that the band liked. “Stop guarding and accept new fans, accept young people who find their footing in this genre. 🖤✨🤘🏼”
On Twitter, another tweeted: “If you’re upset that very strange things introduces Metallica to more people and tries to gatekeeper. You are what’s wrong with musical culture.”
Someone else pointed out that getting to know the band through a TV show was no different than getting to know the group through older family members.
“I grew up with Metallica. Imagine my dad hiding this from me??? But no, he passed on his love for their music in the same way that I now pass on to my children, ”they wrote.
Another added: “You see, even Metallica doesn’t control Metallica. 🎸🤘🏻”
Others have speculated that it was a similar reaction to the return of “Running Up That Hill” to radio, which included some scathing comments from director Taika Waititi.
Taika recently told NME that he felt like very strange things “spoiled” Kate Bush by adding that he was “really annoyed” by the use of her song on the show.
“I became one of those old jerks who says: “These kids never listened to Kate Bush; they heard the same song on the TV show!” he explained at the time. “They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush!”
“If you screw the younger generation for infiltrating Kate Bush and Metallica through very strange things you are my enemy,” one tweet read. “Enjoy the fucking life and leave the kids alone, let them discover the classics and enjoy them no matter what means they find them.”
Someone else actively welcomed new listeners to their fandom, sharing, “To very strange things fans: Welcome to Kate Bush. We older people have known about it for many years, and now your time has come.
Another person repeated: “One of the best results about very strange things that there is a *group* of people discovering Kate Bush for the first time. And I mean, yes, they really should have known about Kate Bush beforehand, but it’s still good.”
Others pointed out that Metallica and Kate Bush were already very famous artists and had 21 Grammy nominations prior to that. very strange thingsso it’s nothing new about them finding new fans.
“very strange things you’re all trying to babysit Kate Bush, and it’s embarrassing. baby, it’s KATE BUSH. you found nothing,” wrote one person.
“Hardcore” metal community before very strange things: “I don’t listen to Metallica because they’re too mainstream,” wrote another. “The same people after very strange things: “DAMN, METALLICA IS NOW MAINSTREAM.”
“Toxic metalheads acting like Metallica have never been mainstream before. very strange thingsadded a third. Another quipped, “God, I just turned on very strange thingsand I think this obscure “Kate Bush” artist really knew something. It’s so kind of the producers to give her music a chance.”
As with Metallica, Kate Bush credited very strange things breathing “new life” into her decades-old song in a rare statement that was posted on her website.
“You may have heard that the first part of a fantastic, exciting new series very strange things was recently released on Netflix,” she wrote. “It has a song called ‘Running Up That Hill’ that the young fans who love the show are giving a whole new life to – I love that too!”
“Because of this, ‘Running Up That Hill’ charted all over the world and reached number 8 in the UK charts. It’s really exciting!” Bush continued. “Many thanks to everyone who supported the song. I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series in July with bated breath.”
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