RAW - #164, December 7-18, 1994 METALLI-ZIG! You might not know it, but the mighty Metallica have laid down two songs originally recorded by Glenn Danzig! Here's how... WHEN METALLICA decided to record a series of cover versions for an EP in 1987, Lars and the boys thumbed through their collection of ludicrous Heavy Metal records and came up with a selection of theirfavourite obscure Metal tracks from days gone by. In amongst the Budgies, the Diamond Heads, the Holocausts and many other long-forgotten acts, they also came across a band by the name of The Misfits. Formed in 1978 and led by Glenn Danzig himself, the American act had assumed legendary status not only through songs such as "Last Caress" and the intriguingly title "Mommy Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight?", but also because it was incredibly rare for the band to perform live. All the Metallica boys realised that they had a liking for this quasi-Punk outfit's brooding intensity and "F**k you" attitude and felt there were plenty of tunes they could do justice to. Alongside "Helpless" by Diamond Head, "The Small Hours" by Blitzkrieg, Killing Joke's "The Wait" and Budgie's "Crash Course In Brain Surgery", the band decided on a medley arragement of two Misfits numbers: the aforementioned "Last Caress" and "Green Hell". The Ep was recorded in LA's Conway Studios and was bashed out in six days when guitar madman Ted Nugent, who had block- booked the studio, was out of town on one of his notorious hunting trips! The EP was released in the US and Britain to great acclain. However, the UK pressing didn't feature "the Wait", as its running time would have been too long to have been considered a 12"EP. Instead, it would have been recognised as an album, with regular album pricing!