Lou Reed & Metallica

You’ve heard the 30 second preview that kept on giving (guffaws), now it is time for Lou Reed and Metallica’s “The View” in its lumbering entirety. If you like these artists in their most overblown guises — if you are in the market for latter-day Metallica’s mind-numbing riff styles and a dollop of Lou Reed spouting vaguely sinister lines in speak/sing bombast — this is by far your jam of the day. And alternately if those things combined sound like the definition of comedy for you, prepare for amusement.


The View by Lou Reed & Metallica

Lulu is out 10/31 worldwide, and 11/1 in the US via Warner Bros.

Sing along:

I AM A CHORUS OF THE VOICES
THAT GATHER UP THE MAGNETS
SET BEFORE ME

I ATTRACT YOU AND REPEL YOU
A SCIENCE OF THE HEART
AND BLOOD AND MEANING

THE COLDNESS OF MOST BEAUTIES
IS A CHALLENGE THAT OUR YOUTH
MUST QUICKLY CONQUER

THERE IS NO TIME FOR GUILT
OR SECOND GUESSING, SECOND GUESSING
BASED ON FEELING

I AM THE TRUTH, THE BEAUTY
THAT CAUSES YOU TO CROSS
YOUR SACRED BOUNDARIES

I HAVE NO MORALS
SOME THINK ME CHEAP
AND SOMEONE WHO DESPISES
THE NORMALCY OF HEARTBREAK
THE PURITY OF LOVE

BUT I WORSHIP THE YOUNG
AND JUST FORMED ANGEL

WHO SITS UPON THE PIN OF LUST
EVERYTHING ELSE
BORES ME

I WANT TO SEE YOUR SUICIDE
I WANT TO SEE YOU GIVE IT UP
YOUR LIFE OF REASON
I WANT YOU ON THE FLOOR
AND IN A COFFIN YOUR SOUL SHAKING
I WANT TO HAVE YOU DOUBTING
EVERY MEANING YOU’VE AMASSED
LIKE A FORTUNE

OH THROW IT AWAY

FOR WORSHIP SOMEONE
WHO ACTIVELY DESPISES YOU

FOR WORSHIP SOMEONE
WHO ACTIVELY DESPISES YOU

I AM THE ROOT
I AM THE PROGRESS
I’M THE AGGRESSOR
I AM THE TABLET
THESE TEN STORIES

WORSHIP
WORSHIP

PAIN AND EVIL HAVE THEIR PLACE
SITTING HERE BESIDE ME
I OFFER THEM TO YOU AS SERVANTS
OF THE GOLD THAT YOU MUST GIVE

PAIN AND EVIL HAVE THEIR PLACE
SITTING HERE BESIDE ME
AND I’LL OFFER THEM, I OFFER THEM TO YOU
AS SERVANTS OF THE GOLD
THAT YOU MUST GIVE TO ME

I WANT TO SEE YOUR SUICIDE
I WANT TO SEE YOU GIVE IT UP, GIVE IT UP
YOUR YOUR LIFE OF REASON

I WANT TO SEE YOU ON THE FLOOR

AND IN A COFFIN, SOUL SHAKING
SOUL SHAKING
I WANT TO HAVE YOU DOUBTING
EVERY MEANING YOU’VE AMASSED
LIKE A FORTUNE, LIKE A FORTUNE
THROW IT AWAY

FOR WORSHIP OF SOMEONE WHO ACTIVELY DESPISES YOU

WHO ACTIVELY DESPISES YOU

Comments (43)
  1. It sounds like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the antichrist have finally made their way down to Earth.

  2. I’m gonna go with a “no” on this one.

  3. I mean, did anyone really expect anything other than this from post-St. Anger Metallica and post-lobotomy Lou Reed? Don’t get me wrong, I like Ride the Lightning and White Light/White Heat just as much as the other guy, but this? This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long long time.

  4. it sounds like Zeus found a laptop with Protools and created the instrumental and wrote the lyrics then got James Hetfield to sing, and Lou to….talk.

  5. I ACTIVELY DESPISE THIS
    AND WILL NOT WORSHIP IT.

  6. Gah, fuck me.

  7. Nevermind that shit – is Lou Reed actually wearing SHORTS in that photo?

  8. at least they found a way to stop people from downloading their music.

  9. hmmmm… Well I actually LOVE his song with Gorillaz, Some Kind of Nature. But this… who in the hell could stand a whole album of this?

  10. I listened to the whole thing out of a morbid sense of curiosity, and now my day is less good than it was about 5 minutes ago.

  11. it’s like wearing an acidic sports cup. ouch.

  12. Stereogum: you should really put a warning up there advising people that once they hear this, they can’t unhear it. The inclusion of lyrics is a nice touch though.

  13. This song makes me St. Angry.

  14. trainwreck of the year!

  15. Has anyone else noticed that almost every track on this album is going to be over 7 minutes long, and one goes on for 20 MINUTES!?!?!

  16. Lou Reed did something terrible in this song. I still have my fingers crossed for some of the other songs as it is obvious to tell which ones metallica had more say in and which ones lou did. You have “The View” and “Junior Dad” which sounds like old rock songs. “Pumping Blood” and “Mistress Dread” are probably more metallica influenced http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lulu_(Lou_Reed_and_Metallica_album)
    read what rolling stones said about it.

  17. So… Jack White/ICP is better than Lou Reed/Metallica. What the fuck, 2011?

  18. We all knew this, but Haunting the Chapel really relied upon Brandon’s curatorial work…(sigh)
    Just kidding ;)

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    • My Lady Gaga/Metallica playlist rocks. Don’t tell me how to live my life.

    • Bojan,

      You miss the point man. We HAVE listened to RTL & the rest of Metallica’s music which is why we can trash them.

      This album is fucking terrible man. If you think it’s great, then good for you. If you’re that in love with Metallica that you can hear when they suck then it’s ok man… we’ll leave you in the world of shiteness you’re in, listening to this meaningless dung.

      I guess you probably enjoyed St. Anger too eh? Reload & Load? Well I guess there’s no accounting for taste. The only thing that save the band from becoming a joke was Death Magnetic, although some of Lars’ time-keeping is quite funny, but fair fucks to these old dudes for having a go at being brutal again.

  20. Lou Reed has crafted a nihilistic masterpiece that exceeds his previous attempt, Metal Machine Music. This song, and I’ll take a risk and assume the others are similar, is so devoid of anything representing aesthetic value that it is like looking into Nietzsche’s Abyss. It has so completely suffocated the creative and artistic strain that to listen to it is to know nihilism; its only purpose is to express its absolute lack of purpose. Metal Machine Music had a purpose; it was a piece of art meant to create a question, an absence to fill with reason. This…this has only absence. Like a black hole it is the absence of reason because no rational thought can escape its gravitational pull. It is merely grave shit; the leavings of a body that has ceased to function. That is a nihilistic masterpiece; the very absence of a soul.

  21. Crap song is crap.

  22. Garbage Day!

  23. I can’t help but read those lyrics in Zack de la Rocha’s voice.

    • If Zack ever writes shit like that I’ll personally hunt him down & pull out his tongue.

      Anyways, what are we worrying about… Zack de la Rocha knows when to quit before becoming shite which I guess is why RATM had a break from it. I am glad that they never produced a shitty album as RATM.

      Lou Reed doing this on his own… you think ”well it’s Lou Reed”… Being joined by Metallica you think ”they’re either on drugs or need to start taking them again & get back to reality”.

      It actually reminds me of a senile grandad jibbering away whilst his 6 yr old grandson fucks around on the guitar he just got for Christmas & doesn’t yet know how to play.

  24. perhaps Metallica will start drinking again

  25. The only problem with this song is that it’s 5:18 too long. Other than that, it’s not too bad. Good job guys!

  26. worst combo in rock history

  27. AWESOME Album.

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