Metallica Defends Skin Trade Video, Re-Teams With Akerlund For New Clip

Something borrowed seemed to do wonders for Metallica as the band's collection of covers, "Garage, Inc.," will debut at number two on next week's album chart.

However, it's something blue, namely the band's video for its take on Bob Seger's "Turn The Page," that has people talking. For the clip, the band turned to acclaimed video visionary Jonas Akerlund (Madonna's "Ray Of Light," Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up") whose raw portrayal of the life of a stripper has drawn some criticism.

"To say that video is about sex is completely missing the point," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told MTV News of the reaction. "It just uses sex as a, um, euphaŠ Help me out here. I'm not from America so it's a second language..."

"Well yeah, a euphemism," guitarist Kirk Hammett offered.

"Euphemism, there you

go. Do you know what I mean? So that video is about so much more," Ulrich concluded.

"I mean it could have been about a plumber in the same sort of situation, you now, it would still have the same weight," [28.8 RealVideo] Hammett noted.

Apparently the guys liked Akerlund's style as the Swedish director also recently shot the band's second video from "Garage, Inc." for their cover of Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey In The Jar."