The week’s most talked-about album is the one that almost nobody likes: Lulu, the batshit new collaborative album from Lou Reed and Metallica. Of course, both Lou and Metallica are old hands at pissing off their fanbases, so god knows we’ll never get any explicit acknowledgement from these guys that they made a total turd of an LP, let alone an apology. But in a new interview, both Reed and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich at least offer some acknowledgement that a whole lot of people will hate the sludge/spoken word pile-up they’ve just tossed out into the world.
Talking to USA Today, Reed says that many Metallica fans are after his neck. According to Reed, they’re “threatening to shoot me, and that’s only because I showed up. They haven’t even heard the record yet, and they’re recommending various forms of torture and death… I don’t have any fans left. After Metal Machine Music, they all fled. Who cares? I’m essentially in this for the fun of it.”
Meanwhile, here’s Lars, attempting to rationalize what he’s just made: “In 1984, when hard-core Metallica fans heard acoustic guitars on ‘Fade to Black,’ there was a nuclear meltdown in the heavy-metal community. There have been many more since then. This is something they’ve never heard. Nobody hears rhythms or delivers poetry the way Lou does. It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s a fantastic record.” (Ulrich is, however, adamant that this isn’t a Metallica album but a “new collective,” so maybe there’s some attempt to protect the name there.)
And at least one of these co-conspirators wants to make more of this. Here’s Reed again: “No one wants Lulu Part 2, but on Radio Lou, in my head where I hear these songs, I want more of it.”
The rest of the story is right here.