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Garage Inc. is a Cover Album released by Metallica in 1998 through Elektra Records. It features two discs, one of newly recorded covers, and the other of covers recorded over the past years as B-sides, bonus tracks and for other purposes (including the five tracks from the 1987 EP The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited, their first record of covers).

The version of Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar" featured in the album won the Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance."


Disc One

  1. "Free Speech for the Dumb" (originally recorded by Discharge)
  2. "It's Electric" (originally recorded by Diamond Head)
  3. "Sabbra Cadabra" (originally recorded by Black Sabbath)
  4. "Turn the Page" (originally recorded by Bob Seger)
  5. "Die Die My Darling" (originally recorded by The Misfits)
  6. "Loverman" (originally recorded by Nick Cave)
  7. "Mercyful Fate"(medley of songs by Mercyful Fate)
  8. "Astronomy" (originally recorded by Blue Öyster Cult)
  9. "Whiskey in the Jar" (traditional, recorded by Thin Lizzy)
  10. "Tuesday's Gone" (originally recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  11. "The More I See" (originally recorded by Discharge)

Disc Two

  1. "Helpless" (originally recorded by Diamond Head)
  2. "The Small Hours" (originally recorded by Holocaust)
  3. "The Wait" (originally recorded by Killing Joke)
  4. "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" (originally recorded by Budgie)
  5. "Last Caress/Green Hell" (originally recorded by the Misfits)
  6. "Am I Evil?" (originally recorded by Diamond Head)
  7. "Blitzkrieg" (originally recorded by Blitzkrieg)
  8. "Breadfan" (originally recorded by Budgie)
  9. "The Prince" (originally recorded by Diamond Head)
  10. "Stone Cold Crazy" (originally recorded by Queen)
  11. "So What" (originally recorded by Anti-Nowhere League)
  12. "Killing Time" (originally recorded by Sweet Savage)
  13. "Overkill" (originally recorded by Motörhead)
  14. "Damage Case" (originally recorded by Motörhead)
  15. "Stone Dead Forever" (originally recorded by Motörhead)
  16. "Too Late Too Late" (originally recorded by Motörhead)

"Tropes, Inc."note :

  • Black Comedy: "Last Caress/Green Hell" features the narrator casually mentioning "I got something to say, I killed your baby today."
  • Book Ends: Disc 1 opens and ends with Discharge covers.
  • The Cameo: The version of "Tuesday's Gone" features appearances by Corrosion Of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Faith No More's Jim Martin, Blues Traveler's John Popper, Primus' Les Claypool and Skynyrd's own Gary Rossington.
  • Chuunibyou: "Stone Cold Crazy" is narrated by a kid who fantasizes about being Al Capone.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: "Turn the Page" was already a complaint of life on the road, but with James singing it just seems he's bordering his Rage Breaking Point. And "Stone Cold Crazy" features cursing and James changes the harmless "rubber tommy water gun" to a "fully loaded Tommy gun."
  • Credits Gag: The production credits range from "Somewhat produced", "Not very produced", "Kind of produced" and "Roughly Produced" to straight-up "Not produced".
  • "Days of the Week" Song: "Tuesday's Gone"
  • Distinct Double Album: Disc one features newly-recorded cover versions, while disc two features archival ones previously released as B-sides and compilation entries.
  • Epic Rocking: The Medley of Mercyful Fate songs clocks in at 11:11.
  • Face on the Cover: The band as mechanics or other people who work in garages. The back cover has the faces of the members in 1998 pasted over the cover of the Garage Days Re-Revisited EP, which in itself was already an example of the trope.
  • Fanservice: The video for "Whiskey in the Jar" has many women stripping down to bras and thongs, and one woman goes topless, though she has her breast blurred out.
  • Folk Music: "Whiskey in the Jar" is an old Irish folk song that had previously been recorded by Thin Lizzy.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: The video for "Whiskey in the Jar" shows two women getting into bed together, though they get interrupted, and the video never returns to them.
  • Intercourse with You: "Sabbra Cadabra":
    "Feel so happy since I met that girl
    When we're making love it's something out of this world"
  • Last Note Hilarity: "Blitzkrieg" ends with an atonal guitar squeal, someone belching loudly, someone giggling, and Lars informing everyone that he "fucked up in one place."
  • Medley: Along with five Mercyful Fate songs into the song named after the band, "Sabbra Cadabra" also includes "A National Acrobat".
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Free Speech for the Dumb," "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Die Die My Darling" all clock in at under three minutes.
  • Money Song: "Breadfan," due to bread being an old slang term for money.
  • Music Video Overshadowing: Both "Whiskey in The Jar" (a song about a highwayman being betrayed by his old lady is translated to a bunch of women getting drunk and trashing a house) and "Turn the Page" (the song is about the hardships of a musician's life, the video about a Single Mom Stripper).
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Sabbra Cadabra"
  • Oddball in the Series: The album is mostly bands Metallica grew up liking. Aside from "Turn the Page", which Lars first heard after forming the band, and "Loverman", as Bob Rock sent James some Nick Cave CDs for singing reference and he liked them enough to record one of his songs.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Damage Inc." + Garage Band (not to mention the band's own Garage Days Re-Revisited). And there were a lot of others under consideration.
  • Questioning Title?: "Am I Evil?"note 
  • Record Producer: Bob Rock for Disk 1 and a few tracks of the second, plus Mark Whitaker in "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg". Otherwise, it's mostly the band itself, hence the back cover featuring the credit "Somewhat Produced".
  • Shout-Out: The end of the medley of "Last Caress/Green Hell" features the intro of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" played off-key.
  • Singer Namedrop: "Blitzkrieg", originally recorded by Blitzkrieg
  • Single Stanza Song: "Free Speech for the Dumb" is a single lyric song, just the title sung over and over, with some "fucking" added every now and then.