Lars Ulrich – Selects the Songs/Artists that have influenced him – Radio Broadcast 19/06/2010

Lars Ulrich - Selects the Songs/Artists that have influenced him - Radio Broadcast 19/06/2010



as part of music ruin my life which is a feature where we speak to artists about the music that shaped their lives their musical upbringing the influences that made him want to start and like playing in a band so to continue with the mouth like the Metallica special I spoke to drummer Lars Ulrich about his musical upbringing and start off by asking him what was the first album that he ever bought was deep purple's fireball and actually ties into uhm one of the latter questions that was the day after that I went to my first concert so I was nine years old there was a deep purple concert in Copenhagen and it was the day before there was a tennis tournament the tennis tournament was held at the gig where the concert was and all the tennis players were invited to come to the deep purple concert was on a Sunday my dad took me to the deep purple concert playing in the tennis tournament and so the next day after school I stopped at the every when I biked home from the schools about a 15 minute bike ride there was a record store on the way and I went in and asked them if they had any deep purple records and they handed me fireball that was the first record about amazing it's not a bad start either as well the song fireball itself is actually I think considered to be the first song that sort of has if you get really technical about it sixteenth note notes double bass kind of riding in the intro kind of the same thing that became Motorhead signature thing kind of an overkill or whatever but Ian Paice was doing that and I guess 1971 especially growing up in Denmark I mean obviously there was deep purple there was Black Sabbath and there was Led Zeppelin but in Denmark and then much of Scandinavia and I think even like in Germany and so on deep purple will actually the bigger of the three bands and had kind of more maybe longevity and the whole sort of family you know the rainbow and the white snakes and all the stuff that sort of came out of the deep deep purple the family tree as it was called and the English periodicals was pretty significant you know for a lot of people but you know when I was growing up deep purple I mean I love Black Sabbath and I loved let's Aplin but deep purple were like one notch above them just in terms of I like idolize them it was like a dad that was my main the main thing for me for for many years was deep purple and Ian Paice was obviously a significant significant part of that and is that what made you want to play in abandonment actually the specific record the moment but maybe want to play in a band is the brute force yes so all these stories threat together yeah to confuse people so now it's 1980 and I'm now in Los Angeles and and I was getting all these records sent over from bullet records and from friends of mine in England and in Denmark and I'd heard about this band Diamondhead and has read about them but I actually hadn't heard their music yet and so brute force was a compilation that MCA put out over all the up-and-coming new wave of British heavy metal bands and the opening song on that album was diamond hits it's electric and probably about halfway through hearing that song I was like I think this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life is but I can't tell you the headline and one of those like moments of clarity and you know the roof parted and you know ya know lightning came down and all that nonsense but I remember sitting there with that song going that that was the gateway to wanting to envelop myself in music for the rest of my life it was just like this is this is it I've reached my destination on my journey how long have you been playing at that point even though I had oh I I guess it depends what you define as play yeah I guess that's the thing isn't it there's a point where in about 77 or 78 I had wrangled a drum kit out of my grandmother for Christmas or something I had a music room down in the basement and it was not great drums but and I would sit down there and kind of pretend I was in deep purple status quo or you know my friends would come over and get the tennis rackets out of the closet and we pretend we were the sweet whatever but so I've sort of been toying around with it but then we moved to LA for me to play tennis and all that stuff and in that fall all the music that was coming out of England new wave of British heavy metal just quickly made me change my worldview and then when I heard that song it's electric which is actually the theme song to my radio show that song sort of made me want to like I said jump in listening to the radio one will show me gotta be done speaking with Lars alright from Metallica discussing the songs that helped shape his musical upbringing and up next I asked him what song means the most to him cuz I love you is um the song that my wife and I danced you on all wedding I guess there's full circle here I mean all we're sitting talking about is England in 1974 yeah so Slade it's just one of those bands that's always had a huge impact or has a huge impact but they've always been a significant part of my life and growing up with all their singles and their albums and seeing them numerous times one of the great sort of elements of music that's been with you for a long time is circling back to it and rediscovering different things and unfortunately some music when you circle back to it it's not maybe it's not quite what you remember it to be of what you wanted it to be but Slade I mean their stuff is just it's timeless and it sounds as the craft of the songwriting and the brilliance the intelligence of it the it still resonates at such a high level and I think you know Noddy holders is very um underappreciated as a lyric writer that when I started going back to it maybe five years ago all of a sudden I started hearing like John Lennon in some of his lyrics and started hearing a kind of a much deeper more philosophical approach to some of the stuff because you know they were one of the Klan bands and sometimes they're not respected you know maybe at the deepest of levels but some of their stuff is really well put together and we were going through a particular Slade rebirth a couple three four years ago my wife and I and when we had to pick a song to dance to her wedding it was because I love you and um so that's all something that you're currently jamming and listening to which is interesting because obviously now you have your own radio show so that's how's that altered your the way you find music what I can tell you what it has done is has rejuvenated my connection to music and kind of read inspired me I I've had and I've been fairly open about this I've had sort of up and down relationships with music for years because there are times where I get very inspired by other music and then there are times where I just am so depressed at the fact there's nothing cool happening there's actually a lot of great music out there that's the good news the bad news is that it's so difficult for the great music to stand out from the other music that's not so great because of obviously the obvious demise of the music industry you know and I'll sit there and I'll find some band I'll plate you know I love this song and I'll play it on the show and occasionally I'll go like on YouTube or something and that particular song has got you know 1200 hits or something on YouTube and you just sit there and go like that should have 1.2 million hits not 1200 mean 1200 hits that's like the extended family of the band members you know what I mean so it doesn't really like there's a lot of great music that unfortunately doesn't really penetrate and so that's kind of the good and the bad of where this whole journey has gone you know but there is a lot of great music a lot of the stuff I play a lot of great bands in England lots of great music coming out from all corners of the world so there is definitely lots of cool inspiring stuff out there okay so let's pick a track from something you've been listening to recently what I think it did I write baby in vain yeah yeah there are a Danish Danish three-piece I don't like him because they're Danish okay I like him because their friends have no I like them because they're really good at you they're very young and they're incredibly talented and they make so much noise for a three-piece speaking with Lars or it from Metallica discussing the songs that shaped his musical upbringing next up I asked him if there's a particular track that he would love to cover now I get a chance to plug my show again I just did an episode on soundtracks and sort of where the world of film and music meet and so we were talking about music that becomes sort of synonymous with film whatever songs that just permanently are just tied to a particular film but um when I was listening to the show back the other day we played when we're talking about Tarantino and all the great stuff that he's done the song bang bang which was originally written by Sonny Bono for his wife at that time Cher came out about 65 it's a beautiful beautiful song there was a version of that song which interestingly enough was covered about a year later by Nancy Sinatra yeah I thought that's a version that's in Kill Bill yeah in the opening scene it's got this kind of twangy guitar and it's a little little slower little dirtier than the cher version maybe a little sexier maybe sad or even also when I heard that last week when I was listening back to the episode I was like there may be a metallic cover and there lots of songs that I think that with but and I could give you a whole list of them but I won't so I won't give you a whole listing but I could because I don't want to spoil the eventual or potential surprise if we decide to do more Garage stuff but um bang bang the Nancy Sinatra version from 1966 which the intro is playing right behind me Duncan here can hear that is I think could be a fun Metallica song to play one I was five and he was six we rode on horses made of so this is an interesting one obviously because you're in Metallica so it's generally bands that want to play with you whenever we do these sort of things so what was it what is a band that you'd like to play shows with rage against the machine to me is not only are they one of my favorite all-time bands and not only have they made probably the first three records or I think as a one two three of a catalogue I mean that's about as high of a batting average as they say in America you can have for the first three records and Raich Against the Machine and there it is so timeless and I mean most of it's even more relevant now than it was 20 years ago yeah you know when you tour you want to be a brown bands that inspire you you want to feel up and inspired and ready to go out there so touring with somebody that turns you on is a good thing and Rage Against the Machine turns me on so playing shows with them would be the coolest and we played some shows with them on Lollapalooza in 96 somewhere around there they did about half a Lollapalooza with us so we have played shows with them let's put it this way if they ever reformed you know one of the first people they'll hear from will be me going hey I'm the drummer and so on so maybe can we play some shows together so let's see see which brings us to a song of your own that you most proud of hard why is the last song that we wrote does the last song that we wrote for the new album and it's the last song Metallica's written it's also a shortest song we've written in as long as I can wrote it maybe one of the shorter songs we've ever written I don't have the statistic but as short as anything we've done in decades it's very promising because I think one of the things we struggle with the most is writing shorter or keeping them short and editing ourselves I said to James very very far into the record I said I don't think we have an opening song so it's like you let's write a super short fast you know simple song and then we've wrote a super fast short simple song we've said let's write a super fast short simple song for 20 years and they end up being nine minutes long and all over the place but we actually did it and kept it short and simple and it works well live and it works well on the record and I think that it's um hopefully hopefully indicative of where we may go now that we've actually proven to ourselves we can do it we've started set that bar for us through the wall yeah you

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