Ron McGovney was Metallica’s first guitarist in 1982, and in the same year they replaced him with Cliff Burton, who died in 1986. In 1982 the band had not even released their first album. Looking back on that era, McGovney has now chosen the Metallica song he personally finds most repugnant: the cover of the anti-Nowhere-League song “So What”, which is notorious for its vulgar language. Picked up by a tweet of the unofficial Metallica podcast “Speak N’ Destroy”, McGovney reveals how the other band members would have bullied him with it. “James (Hetfield) and Lars (Ulrich) played the single from my turntable, knowing that I hated the song” – not a fun time for McGovney himself, as the cover song ended up on the 1998 album “Garage Inc.” Before that, the recording appeared on the B-side of the 1993 single “Sad but True”. The original version of the British punk band Anti-Nowhere League was itself a B-side, the debut single “Street of London” from 1981.
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