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"Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band"

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Year of Release: 2007

track listing
  • Sgt, Hetfield's Motorbreah
    Pub Band
  • Revol-ooh-tion
  • Blackened In The U.S.S.R.
  • Sandman
  • Helvester Of Skelter
  • A Garage Dayz Nite
  • Anesthesia
    (I'm Only Sleeping)
  • Leper Madonna
  • Ktulu (She's So Heavy)
  • For Horsemen
  • Hey Dude
  • Sgt. Hetfield's (Reprise)
  • And Justice For
    All My Loving

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    "Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band"

    Take the bands Metallica, and The Beatles... What do you get? BEATALLICA!! It's Beatle songs, in the style of Metallica. Sounds too good to be true? You bet! With the popularity of "mashups," this combination is another case of uniqueness, and being different. Just as in the band Dread Zeppelin, reggae music (especially taking the songs by Led Zeppelin, reggae style, and the lead singer of the band being the "fat Elvis Presley."

    Just as the title of the band states, a mashup of Beatle tunes in the style of Metallica, and lyrics in the direction of Metallica and the Beatles. For example, "Sandman" definitely sounds like Metallica's "Enter Sandman," yet it kicks into the Beatles' "Taxman" with the "Enter Sandman" riffs heard throughout. Great mashup! Another one, is the take of Metallica's "And Justice For All" and The Beatles' "All My Loving" -- you get "...And Justice For All My Loving." Get it now?

    "Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band" is a take on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," having the reference to Metallica bandmember James Hetfield as "Sgt. Hetfield" and his Motorbreath Pub Band. "Revol-ooh-tion" is based on the Beatles' "Revolution" and having the famous rough sounding "ooh's" in many of Metallica's songs. "Blackened In The U.S.S.R." -- The Beatles' "Back In The U.S.S.R." and Metallica's "Blackened." "Helvester Of Shelter" -- The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and Metallica's "Harvester Of Sorrow." "A Garage Dayz Nite" -- The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" and Metallica's EP album THe $5.98 EP Garage Days, which was later released as Garage Inc.

    "Anestheia (I'm Only Sleeping)" is based on the Beatles' "I'm Only Sleeping" and Metallica's "Anathesia (Pulling Teeth)", yet the music of the Beatles' "Birthday" is heard. "Leper Madonna" is based on the Beatles' "Lady Madonna" and Metallica's "Leper Messiah" "Ktulu (She's So Heavy)" -- The Beatles' "She's So Heavy" and Metallica's "The Call Of Ktulu" (Another band comes to mind on that "Ktulu" spelling -- Klaatu -- They were rumored to be the Beatles reunited, back in the mid-1970s. This was obviously, false.)

    "For Horsemen" is based on Metallica's "The Four Horsemen" and the Beatles' "For No One," speed metal (Metallica) style. his version never loses style. It is one of my favorite Darin tunes. "Hey Dude" is "Hey Jude" of course, and it's "James Hetfield" in his most unique rough-styled singing voice, singing a classic Beatle song, in the Metallica styled way. This one you have to chuckle at, it is very different, and unique; only "James Hetfield" could pull this off, giving it "his" own unique take.

    As in the original "Sgt, Pepper's" song, Beatllica has it's own reprise -- "Sgt. Hetfield's (Reprise)" Ending the album is ...And Justice For All My Loving" -- The Beatles' "All My Loving" in speed metal style of Metallica's "And Justice For All."

    All the songs are easily sounding of Beatle songs, yet they are in the musical style of Metallica. The lyrics are often more referenced to that of Metallica's, with the Beatles'lyrics thrown in. This is a unique and different album, and may or not be for everyone. It's a parody album, based on the Beatles' music.

    Beatallica was formed in 2001, and consists of members combining names of the real Beatles and Metallica: "Jaymz Lennfield" (James Hettfield/John Lennon), "Grg Hammetson III" (George Harrison/Kirk Hammett), "Kliff McBurtney" (Cliff Burton/Paul McCartney), and "Ringo Larz" (Ringo Starr/Lars Ulrich). [This is really, really clever, how they did this.] Their real names are Michael "Tinker" Tierney ("Jaymz Hetfield" - vocals, lyrics, songwriting, rhythm guitar), Jeff Hamilton ("Grg Hammetson III" - lead guitar, backing vocals). "Kliff McBurtney" were three members - their real names are Paul Terrien (current member), Lee Bruson (2004-2005), Tony Bulero (2001-2004); (bass, backing vocals). "Ringo Larz" (Ryan Charles - drums).

    Other "members" of the Beatles "entourage": "Flemball Rasmartin" (Flemming Rasmussen/George Martin") [Shane Olivo] - producer, "Dave Newkid" (Dave Mustaine/Jason Newsted) [David Benton] - touring bassist, backing vocals. Two other "Grg Hammetson's" : [Jeff Salzman; 2006-2008] and Krk Hammetson [Michael Brandenberg; 2001-2006].

    To avoid legal problems, Beatallica pursued a non-commercial policy, having all their songs as free downloads. They portrayed themselves with stage names; their real names were revealed in interviews, and other sources. The band Metallica themselves were aware of this spoof, and never threatened to take any legal action. (This is a surprise, due to their involvement with Napster and music copyrights and royalties. As for the Beatles, in 2005, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (the company that holds the rights to most of the Beatles' catalogue) sent a cease-and-desist notice, stating that the use of the Beatles music for Beatallica be taken down and created a petition to do so. Metallica member Lars Ulrich stepped in, and offered his legal assistance, and a settlement was reached. Therefore, in 2007, Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band was officially released. (They had released two EPs previously.)

    The "mashup" concept is a popular "genre." Other acts to watch for, are Metal Elvis (Elvis Presley tunes, in the style of heavy metal), Hayside Dixie (AC/DC and Kiss songs in bluegrass style), Dread Zeppelin (as mentioned earlier), Rock Sugar (taking two well-known songs as "mashups" -- "Don't Stop The Sandman" is a mashup of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Another mention is Go Home Productions mashup of "Rapture Riders" -- Blondie's "Rapture" and The Doors' "Riders On The Storm." There are many other mashups to find on Youtube. Go Home Productions is the only one I've seen, that actually has an official CD released. And Pat Boone's In A Heavy Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy; heavy metal tunes in the crooner style of Pat Boone. Paul Anka also has released an album of well-known rock tunes in the crooning style. (The list is endless...)

    If you can appreciate good parody humor, Beatallica's Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band is a funny look at how you can be creative in mixing two bands together, The Beatles and Metallica. Beatle tunes in the style of Metallica. This may not be for everyone, but it's a humourous look at how music can be accomplished, using two well known great music bands.

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