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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lou Reed and Metallica have just released this year’s frontrunner for strangest musical collaboration: Lulu, a 10-song album inspired by the work of German Expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind. We get reactions from Maura Johnston of the Village Voice and Phil Freeman, music writer and editor of RoadRunnerRecords.com. Plus, Maura and Phil help us explore unusual musical partnerships – and they offer their picks of the good and not so good.

Listeners: What are your thoughts about the Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration? Leave a comment below!

 

 


Guests:

Phil Freeman and Maura Johnston

Comments [37]

Jay Rolloff from Minneapolis

I'll catalog this one right next to my Chris Gaines Greatest Hits CD ... No colboration required - just themind of Garth Brooks - to become a "huh" project for the ages.

Nov. 03 2011 12:43 PM
Marko

Well for another recent unexpected collaboration that involved a metal band would Ian Astbury of the Cult pairing up with Japanese Sludge Metal rockers Boris.

Nov. 02 2011 04:21 PM
Alex V. Cook from Baton Rouge, LA

While it is a trainwreck - it's the first time Lou Reed found backup singers that made *him* sound better - LULU totally satisfied my desire for mainstream rock to be perverse.

My biggest complaint is that Lou Reed didn't hire some Scandinavian church-burner types as his backing band. Or at least Slayer.

Nov. 02 2011 03:15 PM
Brian L. from Brooklyn

In response to Vladee: I'd argue Ben Folds and William Shatner were a match that shouldn't have surprised anyone. Since disbanding the Ben Folds Five, Folds has openly embraced camp in his records, and a big part of Shatner's later career has involved playing an openly camp version of his '60s/'70s acting persona.

Nov. 02 2011 02:53 PM
Brian L. from Brooklyn

Remember the time Iggy Pop showed up at the studio where At the Drive In were recording the "Relationship of Command" album, and he ended up shouting a few lines like "MANUSCRIPT REPLICAAAA!" and stuff? Yeah. It kinda worked, because hollering over a riff is one of Iggy's true gifts, and because ATDI took a page from Iggy re: rocking so damn hard, but it's so weird hearing one of the most plainspoken-yet-witty lyricists in rock music sing Cedric Bixler-Zavala's purposefully inscrutable words. Cognitive dissonance for a person who knows Iggy's catalog at all.

Nov. 02 2011 02:46 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield FOR SURE!!!

Nov. 02 2011 02:36 PM
sean from bklyn

Fela & Ginger Baker

Nov. 02 2011 02:36 PM
barent

nicole what's her face[cant' spell her last name,sorry], singing LZ "black dog" with son of bonham..great job by both.

Nov. 02 2011 02:35 PM
Joe B from Brooklyn

Don't forget Willie Nelson and Booker T. Jones, who produced Stardust. Great album.

Nov. 02 2011 02:35 PM
Bill from nj

I always thought Frank Zappa & John Lennon/Yoko Ono @ the Fillmore was unique if & at some points actually compelling, at others points downright weird

Nov. 02 2011 02:34 PM

@Jim B

Oh, SNaaaP!

I could not have said it better myself!!

Nov. 02 2011 02:34 PM
Bill from nj

I always thought Frank Zappa & John Lennon/Yoko Ono @ the Fillmore was unique if & at some points actually compelling, at others points downright weird

Nov. 02 2011 02:33 PM
Vladee from jersey city

how about ben folds and captain kurk...

Nov. 02 2011 02:33 PM
Kevin Ridge from Detroit

I think the collaboration of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue works really well. Where the Wild Roses Grow on the Murder Ballads.

Nov. 02 2011 02:33 PM
Jim B

Hearing Allison Kraus sing "Dazed and Confused" was kind of like seeing Miss America Vanessa Williams in Penthouse.

Nov. 02 2011 02:31 PM
steve from detroit

Somewhat (?) along the lines of the Reed/Metallica is the colab of Julian Cope and Sunn 0))). Only one track - but 25 minutes, is what you'd really want Lulu to sound like. A rising call of doom summoning the troops of Mordor to an endtime catastrophe.

Nov. 02 2011 02:30 PM
barent

tito puente and carlos santana,live at roseland ballroom. sort of a circle completion thang...

Nov. 02 2011 02:30 PM
Jim B

Hearing Allison Kraus sing "Dazed and Confused" was kind of like seeing Miss America Vanessa Williams in Penthouse.

Nov. 02 2011 02:30 PM
Capper from NYC

Good one, Plant and Krauss

Nov. 02 2011 02:30 PM
Frank Grimaldi from New York

I meant Antony of Antony and the Johnsons

Nov. 02 2011 02:29 PM
circuitbored from new brunswick, new jersey

Skrillex and the doors. ???? Horrible.

Weezer and flaming lips live = epic

Nov. 02 2011 02:29 PM
matt from brooklyn

on the bonus features of "some kind of monster," metalica does a collaboration with swizz beatz and ja rule. not really strange at this point. but equally as bad as this lou reed thing.

Nov. 02 2011 02:28 PM
barent

"walk this way"...say no more. almost caused a riot in boston..

Nov. 02 2011 02:27 PM

Metallica always saw themselves in Lou Reed???

On what arrogant/presumptuous planet??

Sorry... NOT!!

Nov. 02 2011 02:26 PM
Capper from NYC

I think the 3 tenors collaborated with U2, no?

Nov. 02 2011 02:25 PM
barent

willie nelson and julio iglesias.. yes, corny tune. "all the girls i've loved before" wonderful hoakum.

Nov. 02 2011 02:25 PM
Frank Grimalid from East Village

I've never been too sure if I like Anthony and Marianne Faithfull singing "Ooh Baby Baby." It seems interesting yet really weird but not in a good way. Was it the collaboration or the cover they chose to cover? Or both?

Nov. 02 2011 02:24 PM

Whoa... WAIT ONE MINUTE!!!

Lou Reed was THE COOLEST guy in the world at one time... Rock and Roll Animal...???

However, more recently (past 20 years?), the image of Lou doodling around the West Village in his (not ironic) Member's Only™ jacket has been a little disconcerting. Not to mention the dismal musical offerings he's put out.

Metallica and Lou? Sounds like a mutually desperate grasp at waning career straws.

Nov. 02 2011 02:24 PM
Frank from Newark

I think this record will be very collectable in 10 or 20 years from now.

Nov. 02 2011 02:22 PM
Cate from Brooklyn

Re Strange Musical Bedfellows: most everyone hates the 1994 Brian Eno/U2 collaboration known as Passengers, but I love it. Yes, it's challenging and unusual, but it's also rhythmically iintricate and melodically beautiful.

Passengers is a whole other side of U2 that some of us find far more intriguing than their bellowing stadium sound. As with Metallica, it's vital big bands stretch themselves with these kinds of unique collaborations - it opens up the channels of creativity that sometimes get clogged up with the pressure to write radio hits. And, importantly, it blows up the ears of fans who develop sets of expectations for how those bands "should" sound.

Nov. 02 2011 02:22 PM
Ryan from Brooklyn

Any conversation of strange musical bedfellows has to include Willie Nelson, who always seems to show up in the most unexpected contexts. One of my favorites is his collaboration with Toots and the Maytals, "Still is Still Moving to Me," from 2004. Very surprisingly, Willie Nelson's voice is a great fit on this jamming reggae track.

Nov. 02 2011 02:21 PM
Don from Brooklyn

No collaboration could be worse than the Eddie Murphy/Michael Jackson track "Wassup with You". That was an abomination. Lulu is just...... meh.
This collaboration just has the same uncreative, desperately heavy sound that reminds me of Iggy Pop or Alice Cooper during their most uninspired moments. Aged rockers that have lost their edge, their magic.....

Nov. 02 2011 02:21 PM
donkey at the disco

I can't even remember what the movie was about, but how about the "judgment night" soundtrack? at the time it's mix of hip-hop and alternative rock was pretty mind blowing. (before lame acts like limp bizkit made it mind numbing)

Nov. 02 2011 02:21 PM
Siouxie from Bronx

This "Lulu" sounds like it might be Lou Reed's Tin Machine, which was universally hated.

Bowie plus Sales brothers (who played w/ Iggy) made the album, and it was a very difficult listen to say the least.

Nov. 02 2011 02:19 PM
Erika from Brooklyn

There may be some Lou Reed in Metallica, but there is no Metallica in Lou Reed.

Nov. 02 2011 02:19 PM
barent

mariano's new fav record........oh,yeah.....

Nov. 02 2011 02:18 PM
Antonio from Mexico

If anybody expected Lou Reed to write anything less dark, brooding lyrics, then maybe they haven't been paying attention to some of his albums.

Certainly Metallica sounds like a way more competent band sometimes, and we even get their best impression of a Lou like-riff in "Gates Of Brandemburg".

Nov. 02 2011 02:17 PM

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