Metallica is one of the best heavy metal bands in the world. They are successful and one of the most influential bands in the world with over 125 million albums sold worldwide. Metallica is known for its energetic and powerful music, which helped to popularize the thrash metal genre. The band has achieved significant commercial success.
Metallica has had a significant impact on the music industry, influencing many other artists and bands in the heavy metal genre and beyond. The band’s fast-paced, aggressive style of music has inspired a wide range of musicians. Metallica is credited with helping to popularize the subgenre of thrash metal. One interesting fact is they even inspired one of the most popular boy bands ‘Backstreet Boys’.
Here’s the story of how Metallica inspired one of their most loved songs.
The music video for “I Want It That Way” was a major success, with heavy rotation on music video channels contributing to the song’s widespread popularity. The video, directed by Wayne Isham, features the Backstreet Boys singing and dancing in a futuristic setting. It combines pop and R&B elements.
According to Rolling Stone, Andreas Carlsson the songwriter admitted some of the parts were meaningless. It doesn’t have much to do with Metallica but while talking about the song. He said, “The last thing that was added was the [opening guitar line] ‘ba-do-do-ba-do-do-do,’ which was like a Metallica kind of riff — which was off for the boy band scene at the time. “
Metallica also inspired The Backstreet Boys in a different way. When it comes to documentary seems like, the Backstreet Boys was inspired by Metallica. In 2015, they released a documentary called Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. During the Q&A session with Rolling Stone, they revealed Metallica inspired their documentary.
Howie Dorough said, “We’ve actually talked about doing a documentary for many years. We grew up watching many other great documentaries that were out there and Nick about a year ago saw this one about A Tribe Called Quest; it really inspired him. Then Metallica did a really, really cool documentary as well and we started thinking, ‘We really have a story to us. A lot of our fans know a lot of it, but a lot of them don’t know a lot of the personal stuff in the early days, where we came from, what it’s like making a record, the creative part of it, the good and the bad.’”
Howie didn’t name the documentaries but we can figure that out pretty easily. The documentary he is talking about ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ is ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.’ And there is only one documentary about Metallica. It is Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. It’s fascinating how the Backstreet Boys were able to draw inspiration for their songwriting from both of them.