Frantic (song)

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"Frantic"
Single by Metallica
from the album St. Anger
B-side "Blackened" (live)
"Harvester of Sorrow" (live)
"No Remorse" (live)
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (live)
"Frantic" (Remix by U.N.K.L.E.)
Released September 22, 2003
Format CD single, Vinyl
Recorded May, 2002-April, 2003
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:51 (album version)
4:58 (radio edit)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Metallica singles chronology
"St. Anger"
(2003)
"Frantic"
(2003)
"The Unnamed Feeling"
(2004)
Music video
"Frantic" on YouTube

"Frantic" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica off their 2003 album St. Anger.

Content[edit]

This song, like many others on St. Anger, is about the band's past struggles with addictions, particularly lead singer James Hetfield's alcohol problem, for which he spent many months in rehab. The lyrics also draw on zen axioms, most notably the Buddhist concept of dukkha brought up by Kirk Hammett: "Birth is pain. Life is pain. Death is pain."

Track listing[edit]

International Single Part 1
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:37
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "Frantic (Video)"
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International Single Part 2
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:40
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International 2-track Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
Belgian Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Fields of Rock Festival)" - 6:46
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Werchter Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "No Remorse (Live - Werchter Festival)" - 5:52
  • "Harvester of Sorrow" recorded live on June 15, 2003 at the Fields of Rock Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "No Remorse" recorded live on June 28, 2003 at the Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
Spanish Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 6:51
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "No Remorse (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 5:37
  • Live tracks recorded on June 21, 2003 at the Doctor Music Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Italian Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 7:02
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 6:33
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 7:18
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 5:29
  • Live tracks recorded on June 13, 2003 at the Imola Jammin' Festival, Imola, Italy
Danish Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 8:02
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 7:06
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 6:49
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Roskilde Festival) - 5:33
  • Live tracks recorded on June 26, 2003 at the Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
German Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Rock Am Ring)" - 6:49
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Rock Am Ring) - 6:58
  • Live tracks recorded on June 8, 2003 at the Rock Am Ring Festival, Nurburgring, Germany
French Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Blackened (Live - Le Bataclan)" - 5:58
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - La Boule Noire)" - 7:05
  4. "Welcome Home (Saniatrium) (Live - La Boule Noire)" - 6:44
  • Recorded live on June 11, 2003 at Le Bataclan, Paris, France
Japanese EP
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:37
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:40
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International Vinyl Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Frantic (UNKLE Reconstruction - Artificial Confidence)" - 6:51

Music video[edit]

A music video, directed by Wayne Isham, was made to go along with Frantic's release as a single. The video, featuring a shortened version of the song, depicts a man looking back on his life (in which he is constantly drinking, having sex, and smoking) at the instant that he crashes his rotisserie delivery pickup truck into an RV at an intersection. At the end of the video, and although the man's vehicle is upside-down, he finds himself still alive, and laughs loudly until a 4×4 car that goes towards the car crashes it in the window where he is located. The video was shot in Montreal, Canada.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003-04) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[4] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 4
France (SNEP)[6] 59
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 21
Ireland (IRMA) 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 23
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[11] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 57
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 16
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 21

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