The 1975's Matty Healy Says He "Fucking Hates" Metallica

"My worst band of all time"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 31, 2022

Almost as infamous as their "Go down / Soft sound" self-titled album openers of yore (now replaced by political commentary), the 1975 are known for bandleader Matty Healy being all sorts of extra. This includes (but is not limited to) some piping-hot takes on appropriate ways to promote his band, as well as musical preferences.

In an interview with Pitchfork (metalheads simply haven't been keeping a pulse on the press cycle for Being Funny in a Foreign Language), Healy, true to form, said a lot of stuff. One such thing was that he "fucking hate[s]" thrash legends Metallica.

Seemingly with Stranger Things on the brain, journalist Ryan Dombal asked the musician if he was a fan of Kate Bush — to which Healy replied, "fuck yeah." When Metallica came up, Healy's tune did a complete 180: "I fucking hate Metallica," he said. "My worst band of all time."

There was plenty of other ground to traverse in a cover story about one of pop's chattiest bandleaders that opens with an anecdote about Beatles erotica, so Healy didn't expand on why he is so vehemently against the musical existence of Metallica. But this is not the first time he's spoken about his distaste for perhaps the biggest band in the world.

In a 2020 podcast interview with The Face, Healy revealed that he was into metal that erred more post-hardcore, naming bands like Refused and Slayer.

"Yeah, I've always been a big metal fan," the singer-songwriter explained, as transcribed by MetalSucks. "I was never into Metallica, I liked Slayer and bands like that. Stuff that I was into was bands like Converge, Glassjaw, the more post-hardcore kind of stuff; I was super into Poison the Well and, I mean, Refused are probably my favourite heavy metal band of all time, that was a big deal for me. It was in the Despair collection, the AFI fan club, and all that kind of stuff."

Now 41 years into their career and having had a song debut on the Billboard Hot 100 36 years after its release, Metallica can probably afford to take the L — much like Rage Against the Machine fans were forced to when the 1975 replaced them at Reading and Leeds.

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