Almost everyone on the planet has heard “Enter Sandman” at one point or another, whether they’re metalheads or just attending a sporting event. Jason Newsted, who has played on several Metallica albums including black album, admitted that he thought the iconic track was “a little cheesy”.
Newsted joined Metallica on bass in 1986 after the death of Cliff Burton, and left the band in 2001. As a result, he played on …And Justice for All, Charge, Recharge and, of course, their self-titled 1991 record, which is the best known of them all because it spawned a ton of hits.
In an interview with Metal Hammer, the bassist named “Sad But True” as his personal highlight on the album, “because of the weight”. Then he also described his feelings about several of the other massive songs.
“I struggled with ‘Nothing Else Matters’; I knew it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up — there was no denying it — but I was kinda scared of it, to be honest, because I still wanted to” CRUNCH!” I thought “Sandman” was a little cheesy, honestly. The nice thing was we all sat in the room together and played 70 takes of “Nothing Else Matters”. After a while, you you’re too close. ‘How many times can I make it trickier?'” he recalled.
“It’s crazy, I just realized that,” he continued. “Our sweetest song ever broke down the biggest walls to let our hardest songs into the world. When it was No. 1 in 35 countries in one week, and seven of those countries where we were haven’t even gone yet? Man, that doesn’t happen to a band that says, “Die! Die!” more often.”
The rocker previously named “Nothing Else Matters” as one of the most important songs in Metallica’s catalog because it introduced them to a wider audience than they had previously reached. Promoters and radio stations who had never been interested in featuring them suddenly wanted to when the song hit number 1 in so many places around the world, and they didn’t even release it to because of the personality of James Hetfield.
“What I mean is, the sweetest song Metallica has ever done – ever – broke down the most serious walls to be able to convey ‘Creeping Death’ and everything else to people. It wouldn’t have could have happened the other way,” he told Rock Antenne in September.