It's the 100th Episode Spectacular! We're returning to our roots by covering one of our favorite targets: Metallica and another Load-era, mid-tempo slogger, "The Memory Remains." Possibly more importantly, we're also covering the new Hetfield-narrated, moralizing documentary "Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly." That's a real title, and we don't know what it means.
We find surprisingly competent lyrics (probably not written by James) as well as expectedly cliche lyrics (definitely written by James), all of which tell the story of an aging, washed-up celebrity desperately clinging to the vestiges of her fame, and played by singer Marianne Faithful in the video.
Was it an insult to offer her this gig? Does Metallica realize the irony in the subject matter? Is Faithful the reason that the Rolling Stones pop up so much in this episode? Is Lars' drumming even worse than usual?
Plus: we briefly go over the amazing aforementioned documentary that attempts to protect the "beautiful essence of women," as exhibited in the wife who wants to gouge out her husband's eyes for watching porn. We also discover some of James amazing late-in-life tattoos, and I get Szyslak'd by a listener email.
Thank you so much to everyone for helping me make it to 100 episodes! This is the funnest thing I've ever done, and I hope I can do at least 100 more.