Web Animation: Napster Bad
Off to save the music industry, one offensive Flash movie at a time.
Money good. Napster bad.
A series of humorous Flash-animated shorts, produced in the years 2000-2001 by Bob Cesca from a group then known as Camp Chaos
, satirizing Metallica and their MP3
First, a little history. In 2000, Metallica
sued the peer-to-peer service Napster, devoted specifically to sharing MP3
files, for having Metallica songs freely available on their network
. The lawsuit ended up forcing Napster to ban hundreds of thousands of users, and eventually resulted in the Napster company going bankrupt.
The Napster Bad
series caricatures Metallica—specifically, Lars Ulrich (mispronounced as ul-RICH
) and James Hetfield—as a group of greedy primitives, upset about their fans giving them slightly smaller oodles of money than usual due to Napster. Other music celebrities, such as Dr Dre
and Sheryl Crow
, also get a lot of flak.
Understandably, these movies aren't very popular with most Metallica fans. And stay away if you don't like off-color humor, either.
The series includes:
- Napster Bad (May 2000) — Lars and James rant at length (well, Lars does), first thanking their fans for making them rich, then dissing Napster users for downloading their songs, and warning them about the consequences.
- Metallicops (June 2000) — A pastiche of COPS, with Lars and James apprehending a music pirate in his house.
- Metallica Millionaire (July 2000) — James Hetfield stars in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and his usual Dumb Muscle depiction is taken Up to Eleven.
- Good or Goblin? (July 2000) — Nutty McShithead, the literally-named spokesman for "Recording Association for Popsong Economics", gives a PSA on the evils of Napster.
- Sue All The World (July 2000) — Celebrities opposed to MP3 sharing gather to perform a Charity Motivation Song.
- Napster Dead? (August 2000) — Lars, James and Nutty are celebrating Napster's shutdown in a beer-filled bathtub.
- Bizarro Napster Bad (March 2001) — Metallicock, a band which happens to be very similar to Metallica, lays out their own grievances against Metallica, Napster, you and Your Mom.