Thursday, October 13th 2011
A new interview clip promoting Metallica & Lou Reed‘s Lulu project have cocked some eyebrows and upped the ante on the already-considerable concern felt by fans about this unlikely pairing.
It may be Reed’s fresh-off-the-respirator impression of Eeyore dressed as a Vietnam vet at a biker rally in the video below, or his assertion that the album is the best project he’s ever been involved in. Maybe not. But there’s an odd sense of unease settling in, as diehard fans of one or the other slowly acquaint themselves with the feeling one gets when finding themselves locked in a ritual that will inevitably end in sex with a hideous person.
Listen, it’s great that Metallica’s getting behind an old legend to send him off with a flex-blast. The man is gaining speed down the other side of the hill these days, and Iggy Pop’s throwing side-eye jealousy at the man’s skincare techniques. It’s honorable that a group of metal icons (who are getting long in the tooth themselves) are providing the catapult for sending the Velvet Underground hero into the great musical beyond with a ball of fire – but let’s not go shitting all over our own history by calling it the greatest work by either artist.
Then there’s this, a first full taste of The View reminding us of how weird and seemingly unfortunate this little pairing is. Can’t get over the straightjacket melody of the line “the normalcy of heartbreak” – which is just about the only actual singing you hear in the clip.
We’re holding the clothespins for another couple months. See you in 2012.