Metallica, ‘Hero of the Day’ – Official Music Video
Metallica got together with Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn to direct the music video for their second single from 1996’s ‘Load.’ ‘Hero of the Day’ is a fascinating video as it follows a supposed drug-addicted teen for a day. The teen has his television set on all day, and switches between several different programs, all featuring members of Metallica.
Corbijn’s creation debuted on Aug. 21, 1996. Before working with Metallica, the director worked with Depeche Mode, U2, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. ‘Here of the Day’ was the first of two Metallica music videos directed by Corbijn, the second being ‘Mama Said,’ also from ‘Load.’
‘Hero of the Day’ was Metallica’s second consecutive tune to hit No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, following the success of ‘Until it Sleeps.’ Accompanying the single were four covers of Motorhead tunes. The songs included ‘Overkill,’ ‘Damage Case,’ ‘Stone Dead Forever’ and ‘Too Late Too Late.’ These would later reappear on the second disc of 1998’s ‘Garage Inc.’