Eddie Munson’s “Upside Down” Scene In “Stranger Things” Was Actually Written With Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” In Mind

In a new So What! article, Metallica shared some more details on how “Master Of Puppets” was chosen as the song for Eddie Munson’s shredding “Upside Down” performance on the season four finale of “Stranger Things.” Interestingly, the scene was actually written with that track in mind.

Hannah Davis, the Director of Creative Sync Licensing for Q Prime, commented:

“The song was scripted in by The Duffer Brothers, so it was in their mind from the very beginning. Nora [Felder, ‘Stranger Things‘ music supervisor] reached out to me in November 2020. They were shooting bits and pieces when they could because, of course, it was the pandemic. Nora ran me through the scene and explained the character of Eddie Munson to me.

Because he was a new character, there wasn’t a real reference for how much of a ‘fan’ he was, so Nora explained he was a metalhead and that the fans would love him. She detailed how it started with him playing the riff on guitar, a visual instrumental, and then Metallica’s recording would come in. We didn’t know the total scope in terms of how long it would play or how exactly the song would be used. For example: would it play through or stop/start? But everyone was so excited that it was a quick ‘yes.’”

As previously reported, the version of “Master Of Puppets” used for the show featured “additional guitar tracks” from Robert Trujillo’s 17-year-old son Tye Trujillo (OTTTO). Tye said the following about that:

“One of the producers [Randy Geiger] is married to my 3rd-grade teacher, Sona, at Muse School, and 3rd grade was when I started really getting into music. They were looking for someone to do a raw guitar track for that particular part, so Sona reached out to my current teacher, J, and asked if I’d be interested in doing that based on her knowing how interested, I was in music.

They didn’t know whether I played guitar or not – they knew I played bass – but I told them I play both and that I was definitely interested in it. They sent me the script parts to learn, and I just went and practiced hard in my room.”

“My Dad asked Kirk [Hammett] to help me, and Kirk sent me recordings of him playing the solo (and rhythm) down. At first, I didn’t know how I was going to learn it, but I quickly figured I’d be able to get to grips with it, and the clips were hugely helpful in that process.”

This news comes after Metallica recently said that it was “an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie’s journey.”

[via The PRP]