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Metallica And Lou Reed Reveal Collaboration Album Details

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Heavy metal veterans Metallica and Lou Reed, the legendary singer and former frontman of The Velvet Underground, has announced that the name of their forthcoming collaboration album will be, "Lulu." The record's title comes from the plays of German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." For more information on the plays and how they serve as the inspiration behind the album, please visit http://www.loureedmetallica.com/. "Lulu" is scheduled to be released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America.

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1. XxZxMETALHEADxZxX writes:

that's the most un-metal name I've ever heard. But I'm unbelievably stoked for the album. can't wait until they go on tour.

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 7:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BoltThrower writes:

It can't be April yet, can it?

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 7:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Kirkfann1 writes:

Why is the rest of the world going to get it a day before their own country? so not far !! but I cant wait .. No rulez but MetallicA rulez !!

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 8:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. kallah writes:

Lulu? What the f*ck?

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Philgr writes:

I think they were watching the Teletubbies when they were thinking about the album's name. They saw Lala and they were like "Oh, why not calling our album Lulu?" ... and that's how the name was born.

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Either that, or they called it Lulu due to the explanation in the link.

Knowing the concept, I'm now very interested to hear what the album will sound like. Sepultura did great jobs working The Divine Comedy and A Clockwork Orange into albums, perhaps with Lou Reed at the helm, Metallica can do the same.

# Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. psythe writes:

Gayest. Name. Ever.


But, it does sound like an interesting theme; be good for Metallica to get back in the headspace where they're writing music about something, rather than the "I had a bad dream, and it chased me and I was scared and - and then I woke up and it was only a dream!" type bollocks they've been putting out lately.

# Aug 22, 2011 @ 5:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. OlafBerzerker writes:

As soon as i got to... German expressionist writer.... It quickly made sense. Im more interested in hearing this knowing Lou is manning the ship.

# Aug 22, 2011 @ 9:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

Rolling Stone said:

"it was "a raging union of [Reed's] 1973 noir classic, 'Berlin', and METALLICA's '86 crusher, 'Master Of Puppets'." The songs were all written by Reed with extensive arrangement contributions by METALLICA."

But I would trust Rolling Stone about as far as I could throw them, and I'd prefer to throw them off a cliff. So there you go. Honestly I'd rather just have another Metallica album.

# Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. spiral_architect writes:

lulu? that is the dumbest album title i've ever heard.

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Hellspawn writes:

I just flat out don't give a fvck. Metallica is dead.

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 3:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Billpower writes:

the title sounds very Lou Reed. Lou Reed is awesome. metallica can still rock hard, but hetfield's voice and lyrics have been dead quite a while now.

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Necrovomit writes:

why dont they just call big fuzzy dildo while theyre at it. metallica just lost what little street cred they had, if any.

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. 9Maggot9 writes:

..Lulu? really? why not kick Lou Reed out so he can keep his pride and name their album fa**otry, It would still suck but atleast it makes sense, rest my case there >;.>;

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. rutz writes:

sounds like a big who f***ing cares

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. theghostofavalon writes:

Not sure that I'm excited for this. I'll give it a listen, but I don't know that I'll go out and buy it as soon as it's for sale. I'll find a way to listen to it first. However, I'm sure it'll have some good tracks on it. But I can't see it being very Metallica-ish. It just seems like something they want to do, and it just so happens that they'll make a ton of money off of it if they sell it.

# Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. . writes:

washed up band is washed up

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. jimmy j. writes:

Lu Lu? what the hell. Just another way for Metallica to make a buck. How damn lame.

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. TheRaper writes:

could be good. i'm not anticipating anything good, but i'll give them an honest chance to do better. It's pretty shallow to dismiss the entire record based off the name alone.

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Heresy_Messiah writes:

This sounds.... interesting!!! I know that their last two albums (In my opinion) sucked majorly, but who knows.... maybe this collaboration will re spark the old Metallica back to their roots, or destroy them even further!!! Lets see.
We have all seen bands fail at new things and some bands prevails with new things, all we can do is wait and see what become of the new project.

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 7:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. sonictherapy writes:

Liquid Metal said that Metallica have set up a website regarding this, and it's called: Lou-tallica.

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Jason Rogers writes:

Lou Reed is doing all vocals for it :(

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. khanate writes:

Metallica are so overrated it's astonishing. We live in a world where bands like ISIS quit and Metallica continues recycling it's brand of cheese.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 4:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Mudguts666 writes:

Yeah this could be interesting or this could be just a load of recycled vomit. I will listen to it and make judgement when it comes out. I am listening to this with open ears...

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 8:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. R10 writes:

Same here mudguts. If what i hear i like,i'll buy. Pretty simple. Who knows,might be some decent material. We shall see.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 8:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Greyback writes:

Why are we even debating it will be good... it's going to suck royally. If it's good, then I might just pass out...or die...or show some other sign of utter incredulity. It's Lou Reed, and the album is called Lulu. I have trouble believeing that tosh of some German dance fest or whatever, seems like they're just turning into fuzzy teddybears and stuff and Lulu is their affectionate name for the new sack tapping game. Not buying.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. megabeth33 writes:

I've read interviews where members of Metallica seem to already be making "excuses" for their upcoming album's failure. I think they should change their name to "The Reed Metallica Project" and move over to the pop charts. Not buying either.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 4:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. All The Noyes writes:

More than likely, Ill buy the album and more than likely, Ill like it. From Load to St Anger everything sucked big bawls. Death Magnetic was at least a step in the right direction. With Lou at the helm and major contributions from Metallica, the record could be good.

Furthermore, the concept is full of anguish, depression and anger. You could really make a bitterly angry, dark and heavily consuming album.

I for one, am looking forward to it. And hey, its Metallica.

Paul

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. WOLF7 writes:

Don't know really. I think Lou Reed deserves a better backup band.

# Aug 29, 2011 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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