Sad but True

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"Sad but True"
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Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1993 [1]
Format
RecordedJune 16, 1991 at One on One Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length5:24
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Wherever I May Roam"
(1992)
"Sad but True"
(1993)
"Until It Sleeps"
(1996)
Music video
"Sad but True" on YouTube
Audio sample
"Sad But True"

"Sad but True" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in February 1993 as the fifth and final single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica . The music video from the single was released in October, 1992.

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

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

<i>Metallica</i> (album) 1991 studio album by Metallica

Metallica is the self-titled fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True". A sixth song, "Don't Tread on Me", was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album's release, but the song did not receive a commercial single release. The album marked a change in the band's sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.

Contents

Content

Though the band had used "D standard" tuning for the recording and subsequent performances of covers such as "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" and "The Small Hours", "The Thing That Should Not Be" was the first low tuning song, using the same tuning in the studio (D Standard), and tuning down to C# standard live. Bassist Jason Newsted tuned his 5-string bass down to "A standard" for this song, which is essentially the equivalent of D standard, i.e. one whole step down.

D tuning

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Jason Newsted American musician

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American Bad Ass 2000 single by Kid Rock

"American Bad Ass" is a song by the American musician Kid Rock, released from his 2000 album The History of Rock. "American Bad Ass" uses the instrumental structure of Metallica's "Sad but True."

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Track listing

US Single
  1. "Sad but True"
  2. "So What"
International Single Part 1
  1. "Sad but True" - 5:27
  2. "So What" - 3:09
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live)" - 6:41
International Single Part 2
  1. "Sad but True" - 5:27
  2. "Nothing Else Matters (Elevator Version)" - 6:31
  3. "Creeping Death (Live)" - 8:01
  4. "Sad but True (Demo)" - 4:53
UK Picture Single
  1. "Sad but True" - 5:26
  2. "Nothing Else Matters (Live)" - 6:13
  3. "Sad but True (Live)" - 6:12
UK & Germany Vinyl 7" Single
  1. "Sad but True" - 5:24
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" - 6:29
French Single
  1. "Sad but True" - 5:27
  2. "Nothing Else Matters (Edit)" - 6:29
International 7" Inch Vinyl Single
  1. "Sad but True"
  2. "Nothing Else Matters (Live)"
  3. "Sad but True (Live)"

Personnel

James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

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.

Kirk Hammett American musician

Kirk Lee Hammett is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

Lars Ulrich Danish musician

Lars Ulrich is a Danish musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing the drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [4] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [5] 50
Denmark (IFPI) [6] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [7] 1
Germany (Official German Charts) [8] 42
Ireland (IRMA)13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [9] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [10] 42
Norway (VG-lista) [11] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [12] 31
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 98
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)15

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