Metallica Really Got Kinks track

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 November 2010

This article is from 2010.

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Metallica say The Kinks' track 'You Really Got Me' ''chose them'' when they were asked to record one of the band's songs for an album

Metallica claim The Kinks' track 'You Really Got Me' "chose them" when asked to cover one of the band's tracks.

The heavy metal band were approached by the 60s group's frontman, Ray Davies, to record a version of one of his songs, and Metallica frontman James Hetfield said he knew instinctively which track the group would pick.

He said: "This song chose us, not the other way around."

Ray explained how Metallica could see a clear link between their thrash metal styling and the sound which he established - particularly in his heavy, distorted guitar sounds - with his band on their record, released in 1964.

He said: "They saw it as a direct link between what The Kinks started out doing and what became heavy metal."

Ray also enjoyed the recording process with Metallica, which took place in Oslo, Norway.

He added: "We'd socialised a bit in the past and had played 'You Really Got Me' once at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"So everyone just got down and played live and sang live at the same time. It was a really great occasion."

'See My Friends' which sees Ray perform his biggest hits with a number of today's stars, is released today (08.11.10).

Metallica

Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Mon 30 Oct

prices vary / 0844 338 8000

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Oct

£50.55–£85.55 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Sun 22 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

Tue 24 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

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Ray Davies

The Godfather of Britpop and one of the most influential songwriters ever to have emerged from the British music scene, with more than a few classics in his catalogue.

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