Metallica and Lou Reed's infamous 'Lulu' album will likely go down as one of the most universally panned releases ever. However, the rabid vitriol aimed at Metallica and Lou Reed in response to the album hasn't stopped Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett from being proud of the disc. In fact, Hammett calls 'Lulu' "some of the best stuff we've ever done" in a new interview.
The only single released from 'Lulu,' the collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, also spawned a music video. 'The View' was directed by Darren Aronofsky and debuted on Dec. 3, 2011. The video features the band's performance of the song in Metallica HQ in San Rafael, California, the studios where 'Lulu' was recorded.
In their 30-plus year career Metallica has generated plenty of controversy and criticism. From accusations of abandoning thrash to cutting their hair in the early ‘90s to hiring a shrink (as documented in ‘Some Kind of Monster) to the audio mix on ‘Death Magnetic,’ it has been nonstop. But those controversies paled in comparison to the nearly unanimous negative response to ‘Lulu,’ their collaboration with Lou Reed.
What the hell would "Loutallica" sound like? That was the question on everybody's mind from the very moment Metallica and Lou Reed announced back in June that they had just finished recording an album together. Fans got a small taste of things to come when the art rocker and the metal masters hit the stage together in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert, tearing through raucous versions of 'Sweet Jane' and 'White Light / White Heat," both classics from Reed's former band, the Velvet Underground.