The guy from The 1975 calls Metallica the “worst band of all time”

The 1975 and Metallica
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It’s a brave rock star who puts the boot into one of the world’s biggest bands, but that hasn’t stopped Matt Healy, motormouthed frontman with British art-poppers The 1975, from calling Metallica “my worst band of all time.”

In a recent interview with Pitchfork (opens in new tab), Healy was asked if he was a fan of Kate Bush (he was) or fellow Stranger Things soundtrackers Metallica, to which he replied: “I fucking hate Metallica. My worst band of all time.”

Healy didn’t expand on just what it is about James Hetfield and co that gets his back up, but at least he’s consistent. In a 2020 podcast he conducted for The Face (opens in new tab), Healy said that while he was “always a big metal fan”, he never liked Metallica.

Instead, he namechecked Converge, Glassjaw Poison The Well and Swedish punk provocateurs Refused, who he called “my favourite heavy metal band of all time.” He also ’fessed up to being in the AFI fanclub, which definitely gets him some mid-00s goth-punk points if nothing else.

While The 1975 are a pretty big deal these days, notching up their sixth consecutive UK No.1 with recent album Being Funny In A Foreign Language, they’ve got a long way to go before catching up with Metallica and their 125 million album sales. James Hetfield has, unsurprisingly, yet to comment.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.