Lou Reed & Metallica, ‘The View’ – Official Music Video
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.
The theme of 'Lulu' stems from two plays written by German playwright Frank Wedekind - 'Earth Spirit' and 'Pandora's Box.' Both plays were published in the 1900s. Reed took inspiration from the plays to form the lyrical basis of 'Lulu.'
Aronofsky is an award-winning filmmaker, most notably conceiving and directing 'Requiem for a Dream,' 'The Wrestler' and 'Black Swan.' A month before the video was released, drummer Lars Ulrich equated the opportunity to work with Reed and Aronofsky to "living the dream."