Metallica’s – Garage Inc. album came out in 1998 and sold over five million copies. It contains four Diamond Head songs, and the royalties have changed my life a lot [saysDiamond Head’s Brian Tatler]. I bought a house with my wife, and the constant flow of royalties mean that I no longer have to work.
“In 1998, I was visiting our drummer Karl in San Francisco, and I got a call from Lars Ulrich, who invited us to come and visit him at The Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, where Metallica were recording Garage Inc. Lars showed us around and treated us to a playback of It’s Electric, that they’d just recorded.
“Later on we drove back into San Francisco to celebrate, and l asked Lars how many copies the record would sell. And he said, ‘this is probably going to sell five million copies, based on the the last few. So the beers are on you!’
“To get four songs on a Metallica album… I’ve been very lucky there. It’s just the way it is. They did great versions of our songs. They are very tight and make it rock. They introduced Diamond Head to millions of American fans that didn’t know Diamond Head, because we had never toured the US back in the day.
“I sometimes think of some of the other NWOBHM bands that didn’t get covered. It could have been Angelwitch. It could have been Tygers Of Pan Tang. I’m just very lucky.” [Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler]
Four Cuts is an EP by heavy metal band Diamond Head and was released in 1982. It was a double A-side with “Call Me” and “Trick or Treat”, and was released by MCA. The EP also contained “Dead Reckoning” and a re-recorded version of “Shoot Out the Lights” as the two B-sides. This was the band’s first release on a major label, and was designed to be a taster for their second album.
“Trick or Treat”
“Shoot Out the Lights” (Re-recorded Version)
“Call Me” was later released as a single in its own right later that same year. The song also appeared on Diamond Head’s second studio album, Borrowed Time, their first album to be released by MCA. “Trick or Treat” and “Dead Reckoning” were favourites in the band’s live set during the 80s. However, neither song made it onto the Borrowed Time album
Dead Reckoning was later available on the band’s 1987 compilation album Am I Evil. The original version of “Shoot Out the Lights” was previously released as an A-side in 1981 on the band’s own label, Happy Face Records.