Music Monday: Lou Reed and Metallica Sing About Magnets

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Lou Reed (R) performs onstage with James Hetfield of Metallica at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2009 in New York City.

So Lou Reed and Metallica have teamed up to create an album.  Wait, it gets weirder.

The artists have recorded a series of songs that Reed wrote for a German theater group’s production of 19th century playwright Frank Wedekind’s so-called Lulu plays. The first single off the resulting album, Lulu, features meandering lyrics set over a toned down, fuzzed out Metallica in the background. Here are my thoughts as I listened to it.

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“The View” by Lou Reed & Metallica

– Wait, this song is called “The View?”

– I hope this song is about Lou Reed and Metallica going on The View.

– OK, apparently it’s actually about magnets.

– “I attract you and repel you.” Wow.

– This is the third magnet-themed song I know. That’s right, I’m about to compare Lou Reed to Insane Clown Posse and the “Lobster Magnet” song.

– “I am the root!” “I am the progress!” “I am a table!” I’m pretty sure a homeless man shouted some these lyrics at me last week.

– You know, this song would be so much better if it referenced Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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