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'Down Under' Mashed Up With Metallica's 'One'

26 November 2022 | 10:40 am | Mary Varvaris

We never thought this would work...

(Source: YouTube)

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Bill McClintock, a primary school teacher by day and YouTube sensation by night, has shared his latest mash-up, which will surely go viral in Australia: Men At Work's Down Under with Metallica's One

The YouTuber's views can range from 200,000 to four million views, and with mash-ups that combine Nine Inch Nails with Hall And Oates or Ratt and Marvin Gaye, it's little wonder why his videos go viral.

In the most recent video, Land Down One-der by Mentallica, we discover that the two songs we know very well have the same tempo in the verses. James Hetfield sings about not feeling anything alongside that iconic chipper flute, and the video pans to Lars Ulrich drumming back to the dude in the tree playing the flute.

The mash-up does not use the FAST One solo; instead, it pulls from another famous heavy metal band: Judas Priest, with their epic Painkiller guitar solo. Then, we get some Kirk Hammett guitar licks with Colin Hay's vocals, and we're both confused and delighted. 

The video arrives as this week; Colin Hay was honoured with APRA AMCOS' Billions Award for his songwriting on Down Under, the iconic hit that continues to take the charts by storm. 

Speaking in a Q&A with APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston, Hay said about writing the song, "I think that more than anything, the way that the song felt was that I had this deep love for this country, but not in a flag-waving way, in a very deep spiritual way. I didn't quite understand what it was, but I can still feel it; I can't often put it into words—I love the place so much. That's what the song is; it's about love and celebration in a very true way."

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He also shared his thoughts on Luude and King Stingray's interpretations of Down Under: "The young lad Luude brought it to life; it's just one of those songs—it's in people's consciousness. 

"The young band King Stingray who have done it—I couldn't think of a better way to update the song than to have traditional lyrics from First Nations people who can interpret the song and go 'OK, this is what it means to me' and bring it forward to today and further the cause of inclusion. Anything you can do to further the cause, I'm happy to be part of it."

Watch the Land Down One-der mash-up below.