Jason Newsted Wasn’t Impressed With ‘Enter Sandman’ At First
Jason Newsted has shared in a new interview his first thoughts on “Enter Sandman” as he thinks back to Metallica’s classic 1991 self-titled album.
Asked by metal hammer if there were any tracks in particular from ‘The Black Album’ that really stood out during recording, he replied, “I’m going to go back to ‘Sad But True’, because that’s my highlight of everything the project, because of the mass. I struggled with ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ , because I always wanted to ‘CRUNCH!’.'[Enter] Sandman’, I thought was a bit cheesy, honestly. The beautiful thing was that we all sat together in the room and played; 70 takes of “Nothing Else Matters”. After a while, you get too close. ‘How much trickier can I do?’”
He added: “It’s crazy I just realized. Our sweetest song ever broke down the biggest walls to let our hardest songs into the world. When it was number 1 in 35 countries in one week, and seven of those countries we hadn’t even been to yet? Man, that doesn’t happen to a band that goes ‘Die! To die!’ most of the time.”
Interestingly enough, Newsted isn’t the only one who didn’t embrace “Enter Sandman” right away. In March 2020, producer Bob Rock said in an interview with GibsonTV, “I remember Lars [Ulrich] saying, ‘Well, Sandman is the single.’ And I go, ‘What?’ For me, it was as if I hadn’t understood yet… Because all the lyrics weren’t there. I thought “Holier Than Thou” only because that kind of energy was fast and that kind of worked for me. What do I know? It ended up being Sandman, obviously a good choice.
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