Whiplash

Album: Kill 'Em All (1983)

Songfacts®:

  • A tribute to Metallica's headbanging fans, this song captures the feeling of thrashing to the music in concert. Whiplash is a pretty serious medical condition, and enough headbanging can bring it on, causing injuries similar to those sustained in a car accident. To learn more about "Metal Neck" and what it's like from the stage, check out our interview with Chris Fehn of Slipknot.
  • This was covered by Motorhead for the Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute album. The British rockers won the 2005 Best Metal Performance Grammy for their version.

Comments: 7

  • Acidiumsix from East Bay CalifornicaterThe songs meaning is obvious... I really think listing the dialogue of a live performance as being the lyrics to the song is about as lame as it gets man! I'm embarrassed for the person who set that up... funny!
  • Matt from Bakersfield, CaI heard Motorhead cover this song. The way they play it its sounds like they made this song themselves. It sounds like their songs. Their cover is awesome.
  • Matt from Bakersfield, CaWhiplash is a awesome tune to listen to every time it comes on. this song is so fast and head bangingly great that it's impossible not to bang your head slightly. even if you didn't mean to do it.
  • Luke from Dayton, Ohi think this song is metallica's 'signiture' song that defines them the most. Plus its just really freakin awesome.
  • Jason from Denver, CoThis is the first song I ever heard from metallica.The first time I heard was on a radio station called Z-ROCK, Anyone remember Z-ROCK??
    Anywhat, maybe this is why I have the words SO WHAT tattooed on me. METALLICA FOREVER!!!!!!!
  • Aaron from Seattle, WaThis is an awesome song to Mosh to.
  • Cristina from Long Beach, Cai think that this song is so cool to and by the way they think it is all about music and so do i
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