Cost: $1,000,000, three marriages…
It seems that not a lot of the time Metallica spent recording their mammoth 'Black' album was fun. There were numerous fallings-out, both within the band and with producer Bob Rock, who felt that James Hetfield could write better lyrics. The band found the whole experience so stressful that 75 per cent of them got divorces during the making of it (only Papa Het remained married by the end). Aiming for perfection meant doing endless takes of everything, with a 'keep going until it’s flawless' approach. It paid off, with 31 million copies sold worldwide. Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone: "You think one day some fucker's gonna tell you, 'You have a Number One record in America,' and the whole world will ejaculate. I stood there in my hotel room, and there was this fax that said, 'You're Number One.' And it was, like, 'Well, okay.' It was just another fucking fax from the office."
Where did the money go?
Eight months of recording, mixing, re-recording, re-mixing and re-re-ing everything. Plus the occasional orchestra.