King Nothing

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"King Nothing"
Metallica - King Nothing cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Load
B-side "Ain't My Bitch (live)"
Released January 6, 1997 [1]
Format
Recorded May 1995 - February 1996 at The Plant Studios, in Sausalito, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length5:28
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Mama Said"
(1996)
"King Nothing"
(1997)
"The Memory Remains"
(1997)
Music video
"King Nothing" on YouTube
Audio sample

"King Nothing" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica from their 1996 album Load.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

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Contents

The song was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett. The song starts on a bass riff which develops into the main riff of the song. A single of "King Nothing" was released in the United States. It included a live version of the song "Ain't My Bitch", which is also on the album Load. A music video also accompanied the song. The guitars and bass are both tuned to Eb.

James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

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At the end of the song, the words "Off to never-never land" can be heard. This is a nod to one of Metallica's most famous songs, "Enter Sandman", which also features these words. The song also features a similar structure.

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"King Nothing" was featured as background music in the ninth episode of the second season of The Sopranos , "From Where to Eternity", in a scene in which Tony Soprano is speaking with Paulie Gualtieri in the Bada Bing strip club.

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On the US charts, the song reached number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number six on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

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The song circles around the theme of "be careful what you wish for". The lyrics depict a man who just wants to play the king, and doesn't care about anything else. This ultimately leads to his downfall, as shown in "And it all crashes down, and you break your crown".

Music video

In the music video, "King Nothing" is seen wandering around a snowy wasteland, throwing away his crown, and then putting another one on. He does this so much, by the end of the video, there are crowns everywhere. At the very end, hundreds of other King Nothings surround him.

Demo

The demo of "King Nothing" was called "Load" (hence the title of the album on which it is featured) and was recorded in Lars Ulrich's home studio 'Dungeon' by James Hetfield and Ulrich on November 30, 1994. The official music video for "King Nothing", directed by Matt Mahurin, was filmed in Park City, Utah in December 1996.

Matt Mahurin is an American illustrator, photographer and film director. Mahurin's illustrations appear in Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Forbes, and The New York Times.

Park City, Utah City in Utah, United States

Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The city is 32 miles (51 km) southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 20 miles (32 km) from Salt Lake City's east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 7,558 at the 2010 census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.

Track listing

Canada and US single
  1. "King Nothing" – 5:28
  2. "Ain't My Bitch" (Live - Irvine Meadows, California 4 August 1996) – 6:00
US promo Single
  1. "King Nothing" (edited version) – 4:59
  2. "King Nothing" (full version) – 5:28

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References

  1. "King Nothing". Release date. Metallica.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.