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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Covers 100+Year Old Song

Image courtesy of Courtesy Kirk Hammett via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Kirk Hammett via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)

Nothing goes together like  Metallica  and your great-great-grandmother's music, right? Giving new meaning to the term "old school,"  Kirk Hammett  has recorded a version of "Daisy Bell" -- more commonly known as "Bicycle Built for Two." 

The Metallica guitarist is one of a number of musicians in a variety of genres who all collaborated with artist  Mark Ryden  on a limited-edition album which features them all singing the same song.  Written in 1892, "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" is also sometimes known as "Daisy, Daisy."  You may remember it from the movie  2001: A Space Odyssey  -- it's the song the supercomputer, HAL 9000, sings just before he shuts down.

Now, you can hear Kirk Hammett's  slow, bassy instrumental version  of the song on Ryden's official YouTube channel. 

The album, called  The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell , features  Mark Mothersbaugh ,  Nick Cave ,  Everlast ,  Weird Al Yankovic  and others all singing "Daisy Bell."  It's part of Ryden's current exhibit, "The Gay '90s," which is on view now at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. There are only 999 copies of the vinyl disc available -- at $99 each -- and proceeds from sales of the discs are going to benefit Little Kids Rock, which supports musical education in schools.  The album will be available on  Ryden's website  starting on Tuesday.


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