9. WHISKEY IN THE JAR (1972)

THIN LIZZY

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The oldest song on Garage Inc by about 300 years, Me­tal­lica’s ar­range­ment of this trad Ir­ish folk bal­lad owed ev­ery­thing to Thin Lizzy, whose 1972 ver­sion was orig­i­nally jammed out of des­per­a­tion af­ter a day of un­suc­cess­ful song­writ­ing. Me­tal­lica bonded over a shared love of Phil Lynott’s Dublin rock pi­o­neers – Lars told So What! four other Lizzy songs were in con­tention – but ac­cord­ing to Bob Rock, they liked the idea of hon­our­ing the band’s over­looked Eric Bell era. “It was one of the most sim­ple ones on the al­bum, be­cause their heart was in it,” Bob Rock told AVClub in 2015. “It was re­ally a live per­for­mance of [Me­tal­lica] play­ing it, which you hear, the en­thu­si­asm and the ex­cite­ment.” Me­tal­lica’s ver­sion won the band a Grammy, and breathed new life into the 17th-cen­tury lyric (helped along by a wild video, set in a rau­cous, all-fe­male house party).

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