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Lou Reed and Metallica tease 'Lulu' with snippet of new song

September 19, 2011 | 10:27 am

There's a part in the recently uploaded 30-second clip of the Lou Reed and Metallica song -- which still feels weird to write, that there's a Reed/Metallica collaboration -- in which Reed suggests he's going to make the object of his half-sung, half-spoken lyric "worship someone who actively despises you." It's hard not to wonder whether he's referencing Lester Bangs' notorious take on "Sally Can't Dance," or Reed's grumpy relationship with his fans (or is it Reed quoting a disallusioned 2000 Metallica fan after the band took on Napster?), but that conjecture is based on a half-minute of this strange song, part of the forthcoming album "Lulu," which Reed recently described as "the best thing I ever did."

Never ones to avoid a challenge, Reed and Metallica will release "Lulu" on Nov. 1 in North America (Oct. 31 worldwide).

"We were very interested in working with Lou," James Hetfield said on the "Lulu" website. "I had these giant question marks: What's it going to be like? What's going to happen? So, it was great when he sent us the lyrics for the Lulu body of work. It was something we could sink our teeth into."


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Photo: Robert Trujillo, left, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica perform with Lou Reed in 2009. Credit: Theo Wargo / WireImage.