I betcha the guys from Metallica will be fielding questions about Lulu the rest of their careers. People will forever wonder what the fuck they were thinking when they let Lou Reed order ‘em around.
In a new interview with Spin, conducted by the Weid, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich discussed the hateful reaction to Lulu, in addition to other things.
“It was more spiteful than anyone was prepared for,” Lars said. “Especially against Lou. He is such a sweet man. But when Metallica do impulsive riffing and Lou Reed is reciting abstract poetry about German bohemians from 150 years ago, it can be difficult to embrace.”
Thank you. Finally someone from Metallica acknowledging, in their own words, that this was a bad idea.
Lars also said he never had second thoughts when Lou came in with lyrics like “I swallow your sharpest cutter/Like a colored man’s dick.” Looks like someone spent a long time analyzing Lulu.
“I understand that to some 13-year-old in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it can all seem a little cringe-worthy, but to someone raised in an art community in Copenhagen in the late ’60s, that was expected,” Lars said.