In a divided America, there is one thing that we can all agree on - Lady Gaga performing with Metallica at the 2017 Grammys was horrible. You can watch it here if you want, but I don't recommend it.
Gaga's got talent and she's got style and she's one of the best performers of our time, but lately it feels like she’s been intentionally reinventing herself into something basic. Musicians like Ke$ha, Cyndi Lauper, and P!nk are hot pop ladies who have been able to reach a variety of audiences for years and they’ve done it with class and a bit of trash. With Gaga, it feels like a mockery and a very intentional marketing scheme and a lazy one at that.
As someone who reluctantly sang “Enter Sandman” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” at the Barstow Sportsplex 4th of July shindig back in 2001 because the guitarist was too shy to do it only to get kicked out for making them sound “not metal enough,” the idea that someone of Gaga’s stature would do something like this on purpose is absolutely insane to me. Is it because I don’t like metal? Nope. Is it because I hate Metallica’s songs? Nope. It’s because she wasn’t really feeling it. She’s dabbling in white American musical culture just for the attention and the money. It’s disappointing. What's more disappointing is that somewhere, somehow, there's a VHS of me singing Metallica and I don't have it. Best case scenario is that some one's uncle taped over it with WWF Royal Rumble or something.
Here are 3 renditions of Metallica songs that are not terrible. I promise.
Lissie - Nothing Else Matters
Not that it matters, but she’s an American blonde girl from the midwest and she slays the sincerity of American classic rock. She does it consistently. What I like about her cover songs is the fact that the words are what matters to her. I also encourage you to listen to her cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.” It’s incredible. After that, dive into her latest release “Live At Union Chapel.”
DJ M.I.F -Tricky Sandman