Monkeys Relax to Metallica

This originally appeared in an article under the science section of the Guardian online, and I just plain couldn't let it go by.

Evidently, Metallica, as well as Samuel Barber, Nine Inch Nails and Tool, were played in 30 second bursts for a group of monkeys, at which point their reaction to the music was logged and chronicled. (The actual point of the study was to examine the effects of monkey-sound-inspired music on monkeys. Make your own joke here.)

To make a long story short, the only "human" music that had any appreciable effect on the cotton-top tamarins (like the Whitesnake-fan-simulacrum featured above,) was Metallica's "Of Wolf and Man." Oddly enough, and counter to the reaction of most fraternity brothers from the early to mid nineties, the song had a calming effect on our more primitive distant evolutionary cousins.

There are legions of Lars Ulrich/Metallica fans/Black album jokes to be made here. So many, I can't focus on just one. Leave your submissions in the comments.

I also really, really hope that British taxpayer money wasn't spent on this study.


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D.M is the Music Editor for He tries to avoid bands with bodily functions in the name and generally has a keen grasp of what he thinks sounds good and what doesn't. He also really enjoys reading, at least in part, and perhaps not surprisingly, because it's quiet. He's on a mission to convince his wife they need a badger as a household pet. It's not going well.

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