Any of you out there old enough to remember a time when Metallica proclaimed that they would never make music videos? That was a long time ago, back before they did their first video for the song “One” off their 1988 album …And Justice For All (and what an awesome video it was). Since then, they’ve made plenty more, some of which we probably could have done without (“Until It Sleeps”?).
For St. Patrick’s Day in 1999, Metallica released the music video for their cover of Irish rockers Thin Lizzy’s rendition of the Irish traditional tune “Whiskey in the Jar.” The song was one of 27 tracks off the band’s cover album, Garage Inc., and went on to earn Metallica a Grammy in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance. The video for “Whiskey in the Jar” features the members of Metallica — including Jason Newsted on bass — performing as the band at a rowdy all-female house party.
Watch the Metallica “Whiskey in the Jar” video here below.
A cool tidbit (for me, anyhow) is that the video was filmed in November 1998 in my hometown (and current GoD Headquarters) of Brooklyn, NY. Another tidbit: Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are both part Irish.
If you dig their cover, you can get the Metallica “Whiskey in the Jar” t-shirt in the band’s official online shop.