It sounds like a dream team; metal merchants Metallica pairing up with the poet laureate of rock n’ roll, Lou Reed. The album ‘Lulu’ is the result.
“It is the best music I have ever done. Because I love it more than anything in the world. I listen to it every day. I find it exquisite on every conveyable level and the smarter you are, the more you’ll hear,” insists Reed.
Metallica and Lou Reed first played together live for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, Both liked it so much the buzz never left them.
“I think for us the experience was about impulsivity and about playing in the moment, not over thinking. We have a tendency with our own material to think a lot and think in small increments. This whole thing, two thirds of this record, was done in four days. We had no idea what hit us, so it was a lot about just being in the moment and playing with each other and giving the impulsivity a chance to be the predominate thing instead of thinking. It was a more physical experience than a mental experience,” says Lars Ulrich.
The album is inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind’s plays ‘Earth Spirit’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’, which tell the story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships, and are now collectively known as the Lulu plays, Lulu herself being the heroine of the opera of the same name by Berg.