$5.98 E.P.

The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited
Metallica - The $5.98 E.P.-Garage Days Re-Revisited cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)[1]
RecordedJuly 1987
GenreThrash metal
Metallica chronology
Master of Puppets
The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited
...And Justice for All
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]

The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited (re-released as The $9.98 CD – Garage Days Re-Revisited) is an EP by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 21, 1987 by Elektra Records.[1] It consists entirely of covers of late-'70s and early-'80s new wave of British heavy metal bands and punk rock music rehearsed in Lars Ulrich's soundproofed garage and then recorded in Los Angeles over the course of six days.[4] It is the group's first release following the death of bassist Cliff Burton and the first to feature his successor, Jason Newsted.


With Metallica scheduled to play the 1987 Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, the band's UK label Vertigo Records suggested that they release new material to mark the occasion. Initial songwriting attempts with new bassist Jason Newsted resulted only in a demo for "Blackened", and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield subsequently broke his arm skateboarding and was unable to play guitar for several weeks. Given these obstacles, the band decided to record covers of some of their favorite songs rather than work on new material. Newsted used his construction experience to soundproof Lars Ulrich's garage in El Cerrito, California, where the band would rehearse the material prior to recording.[4]

While rehearsing the song "White Lightning" by new wave of British heavy metal band Paralex, Kirk Hammett started playing "The Wait" by post-punk group Killing Joke, and the band subsequently decided to record the song. Other tracks considered but dropped include "Signal Fire" by Japanese band Bow Wow and another NWOBHM song, Gaskin's "I'm No Fool". The original Misfits versions of "Last Caress" and "Green Hell" were recorded five years apart, not together as one composition as did Metallica on the EP.

The band included The $5.98 E.P. in the title in an effort to ensure that retailers did not overcharge fans.[5] The original cassette release included a sticker stating "If they try to charge more, STEAL IT!" The title of the official American CD release was amended to The $9.98 CD, as the retail price of CDs was much higher than cassette; other countries (such as Australia) still displayed The $5.98 E.P. with a sticker stating that this is the "title" and not the price. "The Wait" was omitted from the UK pressings in order to conform to local music-industry rules regarding the length of EPs. Garage Days Re-Revisited in the title is a callback to the "Creeping Death" single, upon which the B-sides are referred to as Garage Days Revisited.

The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited was out of print from 1989 to 2018, and the original release is considered a collector's item. All five tracks were included on the 1998 double album Garage Inc. along with other covers and new recordings.[6] The cover of the CD also was used as a basis for the Garage Inc. back cover, which shows the original Garage Days cover with pictures of the band members' faces, circa 1998, taped over the original faces, along with Garage Inc. covering the original album name.[7]

In 2018, The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited was reissued under Metallica's own Blackened Recordings label and also was made available in vinyl format.

Track listing[]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Helpless"Sean Harris, Brian TatlerDiamond Head6:39
2."The Small Hours"John MortimerHolocaust6:43
3."The Wait"Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Martin Glover, Paul FergusonKilling Joke4:55
4."Crash Course in Brain Surgery"Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge, Ray PhillipsBudgie3:10
5."Last Caress/Green Hell"Glenn DanzigMisfits3:30
Total length:25:05



All information derived from the liner notes.

Chart positions[]


Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 28
UK Singles Chart 27
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[8] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[9] 22
US Billboard 200[10] 18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] Gold 6,000[12]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[]


  1. ^ a b "The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited | Metallica.com". www.metallica.com. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (December 1, 1991). "A Guide to Metallica's Recordings". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b August 2018, Mick Wall21. "1987: How the Garage Days EP pulled Metallica back from the brink". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Garage Inc. liner notes
  6. ^ No Rest for Metallica as It Prepares for Covers Album
  7. ^ 42. METALLICA Part Three – ‘Re–Re-Re-Re-Re Visiting Inc.’
  8. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2018. 16. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Metallica Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Metallica". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ a b "Metallica" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.