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5. Metallica - '. . . And Justice for All'
Metallica were at a major turning point when they recorded . . . And Justice for All in early 1988. It was their first time cutting a new album since the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986, and the first time they were open to the idea of promoting an album with a music video. Back then, MTV was the domain of hair metal bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe, and many within the community saw music videos as a sell-out move. But Metallica knew that "One" deserved to be heard by a wide audience, and they felt there was a way to create a video without seeming cheesy. The song is about the horrors of war, so directors Bill Pope and Michael Salomon took scenes from 1971's Johnny Got His Gun and spliced them into a video. The result is a haunting short film that is the complete opposite of "Girls Girls Girls." The songs on the album are all extremely long; many have been rarely played in the past decade.