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Eddie Munson’s Key ‘Stranger Things’ Scene Was Written With Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” In Mind


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With the title track to their 6x multi-platinum 1986 album, “Master Of Puppets” experiencing a meteoric resurgence amid the charts thanks to its inclusion in last week’s season 4 finale of ‘Stranger Things‘, Metallica have now revealed via their So What! column how their song wound up in the hit Netflix series.

As it turns out, the key scene, *spoilers* which saw Eddie Munson (played by Joseph Quinn) draw the attention of the minions of Vecna with a ripping rendition of “Master Of Puppets“, was written with “Master Of Puppets” in mind by the series creators, The Duffer Brothers. Hannah Davis, who serves as the Director of Creative Sync Licensing for Metallica‘s long-time management Q Prime, said of the process to get the song in the series:

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“The song was scripted in by The Duffer Brothers, so it was in their mind from the very beginning. Nora [Felder, ‘Stranger Things‘ music supervisor] reached out to me in November 2020. They were shooting bits and pieces when they could because, of course, it was the pandemic. Nora ran me through the scene and explained the character of Eddie Munson to me.

Because he was a new character, there wasn’t a real reference for how much of a ‘fan’ he was, so Nora explained he was a metalhead and that the fans would love him. She detailed how it started with him playing the riff on guitar, a visual instrumental, and then Metallica’s recording would come in. We didn’t know the total scope in terms of how long it would play or how exactly the song would be used. For example: would it play through or stop/start? But everyone was so excited that it was a quick ‘yes.’”

The version of the song used was embellished by newly recorded guitar tracks laid down by Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist/vocalist Robert Trujillo. Speaking via So What!, Tye said of his involvement:

“One of the producers [Randy Geiger] is married to my 3rd-grade teacher, Sona, at Muse School, and 3rd grade was when I started really getting into music. They were looking for someone to do a raw guitar track for that particular part, so Sona reached out to my current teacher, J, and asked if I’d be interested in doing that based on her knowing how interested, I was in music.

They didn’t know whether I played guitar or not – they knew I played bass – but I told them I play both and that I was definitely interested in it. They sent me the script parts to learn, and I just went and practiced hard in my room.”

“My Dad asked Kirk [Hammett, Metallica guitarist] to help me, and Kirk sent me recordings of him playing the solo (and rhythm) down. At first, I didn’t know how I was going to learn it, but I quickly figured I’d be able to get to grips with it, and the clips were hugely helpful in that process.”

You can find out more about Tye‘s involvement and sync-licensing in general over at metallica.com. Since being featured in the series last weekend, “Master Of Puppets” has hit #1 on the iTunes rock chart & #6 on Spotify‘s U.S. top charts. Data provided by Billboard via Luminate revealed that on June 30th, the day prior to the ‘Stranger Things” episode airing, “Master Of Puppets” was streamed 253,000. It was subsequently streamed 1.43 million on July 04th.

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