In a new interview with Spin, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admitted that the band was caught off guard by the vehement reaction to Lulu, its collaborative album with legendary singer-songwriter Lou Reed. Ulrich explained, "It was more spiteful than anyone was prepared for. 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."
- Asked whether the band had second thoughts over some of Reed's lyrics, like "I swallow your sharpest cutter / Like a colored man's d***," Ulrich said, "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."
- More surprisingly, Ulrich also revealed that he and Reed almost got into a physical altercation while making Lulu.
- He recalled, "One time I had to point something out to him about how things were functioning in the outside world and he got hot and bothered. He challenged me to a street fight, which is a pretty daunting proposition because he's an expert in martial arts and is never too far from a sword. The good thing about me is I can do the 100-meter dash faster than most other 48-year-old musicians."
- Metallica will headline its own festival, Orion Music & More, on June 23rd and 24th in Asbury Park, New Jersey. At that event, as well as several European festivals, the band will play its best-selling "black album" from start to finish.
- Ulrich admitted that one of that record's tracks, "Don't Tread On Me," is perhaps his least favorite Metallica song, adding "(It) has that shuffle vibe. That's not my thing -- but I don't wish to erase it from 97 bazillion copies of the black album."
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think Lars and the rest of Metallica really had no idea how "spiteful" the reaction to Lulu would be? What could they have expected?
- Do you feel like Lars has a sense of superiority over people who didn't like Lulu because he was brought up in an "art community"?
- Who do you think would win in a fight -- Lars or Lou?
- What is your least favorite Metallica song?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Classic Rock and Loudwire -- agree or not?
GregRobbo wrote: "So because I thought 'Lulu' was incoherent, tuneless garbage I'm a '13-year-old in Missouri'. Hmmmm, either that or I'm not a cossetted, pampered egomaniac with no grip on reality. It doesn't matter that his collaboration was with Reed, it's that the end product was unmusical s***."
Gondor write: "We are spiteful, Lars, it was wrong what you did to your fans, making them suffer through that."
LightOfTheBattlefield wrote: "I mean, all you had to do was listen to it and know how people, literally everyone, from critics to Metallica fans would react (myself included as a fan)."
plpinkham wrote: "I've never understood why fans take it personally when a banddoes something out of the norm. Just don't buy it. Listen to the stuff they've done you do like, and just chill."
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