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"Whiplash" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their debut album, Kill 'Em All. The song has been covered a number of times, most notably by Motörhead whose version won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
"Whiplash" was first played in October 23, 1982, and was one of the last songs they wrote for Kill 'Em All.
Cover versions and appearances in media
- Motörhead (who have been cited by Metallica as a major influence) covered this song for the Metallica tribute album Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute and won their first Grammy in the awards of 2005 in the Best Metal Performance.
- "Whiplash" was covered by Crematorium on the album Overload: A tribute to Metallica
- It was also covered by Billy Milano, Scott Ian, Philip Soussan, and Vinny Appice for Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica.
- Pantera, using the joke name "Pantallica", performed the song live along with "Seek & Destroy" with Jason Newsted on bass, and members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) switching roles.
- Destruction covered this song for a Metallica tribute album, and released it on some editions of their album All Hell Breaks Loose as a hidden bonus track.
- Stone Gods covered the song on their Knight of the Living Dead tour.
- "Whiplash" appears in the soundtrack for the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2.
- "Whiplash" is a playable song in Guitar Hero: Metallica.
- The song can be heard, during a fight scene, in the 2012 comedy film That's My Boy - starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
- According to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett in an interview, "Whiplash" was the favorite Metallica song of the late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain.
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- US Single (cassette maxi-single)
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