Lou Reed Says 'Lulu' Is For Literate People

Lou Reed seems to be bitter at the poor reaction to his "Lulu" collaboration with Metallica, but says it was only made for himself and people who read.

Lou Reed Says 'Lulu' Is For Literate People
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Lou Reed is going out of his way to say how little he cares for the critical reception to "Lulu" - so much that he seems to be quite bitter at the reaction to the record. He told the Telegraph that his collaboration with Metallica was written for himself and other "people who are literate." "Who cares?" Reed said in reponse to the negative "Lulu" reviews. "I never wrote for [the critics] then, I don't write for them now. I have no interest in what they have to say about anything. I'm interested in whether I like it. I write for me." He continues with what appears to be a warning: "You know a lot of time these guys that interview us, they think they're more literate than I am," he said. "That would be a real bad mistake. Don't kid yourself about me, you know what I'm saying? I'm not a good guy to f--- with." Observers like Henne Music suspect Reed is putting up a mask so that others don't see how much the reviews are affecting him. His insecurity seems to be revealed when he blurts out "Are you gonna savage this [interview] when you leave the room?" You can't fault Lou's effort in defending his work. "I think this thing needs a champion. This is for people who are literate," he says. "These words every time I see them I get thrilled because it does it to me. It may do it to no one else, I don't care. I can't try any harder. I can't do any better. And my heart was pure and my soul was pure, too. "I went in there to make music with the best guys I could find. And we did."

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    ptr362
    If he wanted to be poetic then perhaps he should have just settled for speaking his poetry over some ambient music rather than music structured in the form of songs. After all, he didn't really structure his vocals properly for the type of music that was played.
    Shor-T Zero
    Ok, that's it, it has to be said: His picture on the front page of UG makes him look like Andross from Star Fox. Seriously, go take a look.
    Maxico
    "Dont kid yourself about me, you know what Im saying? Im not a good guy to f--- with." This sounds so wise and grown up. He really is literate.
    kill it
    the songs sound like a band riffing in the basement when suddenly somebody's drunk uncle takes to the mic, and won't go away. guess i'm too uneducated to realize how brilliant the album is.
    killektrika
    kill it wrote: the songs sound like a band riffing in the basement when suddenly somebody's drunk uncle takes to the mic, and won't go away.
    This
    Vicryl 2.0
    I am the root I am the progress I'm the aggressor I am the tablet I am Cornholio and i need TP for Bunghole
    MrKyran
    I don't know why this has been posted on here, the majority of us are obviously illiterate and therefore can't read the article.
    Crimson Ghost
    "I will swallow your sharpest cutter, like a colored man's dick." Enough. This album is for people who can relate to swallowing a colored man's dick.
    waitingone
    From 'Frustration' I feel the pain creep up my leg Blood runs from my nose I puke my guts out at your feet Youre more man than I To be dead to have no feeling To be dry and spermless like a girl. Nuff said.
    guitarplaya070
    Can one be more literate than another? I thought it was an ability, not really a skill. I don't know about any of you, but when reading these quotes, I heard the voice of Al Gore from that South Park Episode about ManBearPig. "Lulu is really totally awesome you guys. I'm totally serial."
    Supersonic1
    Just shut up and move on, Lou Reed. Even Axl Rose handled bad reviews on his album better than you did.
    shikkaka
    ptr362 wrote: If he wanted to be poetic then perhaps he should have just settled for speaking his poetry over some ambient music rather than music structured in the form of songs. After all, he didn't really structure his vocals properly for the type of music that was played.
    This.
    slaveskinJACKET
    askikr91 wrote: This article is Garbage. Seriously, the guy has artistic integrity. That' a fact. Get over it. Critics and UG users alike, go make better music (And become a Rock icon), then talk trash.
    I almost gave you a +, but then I got to the last sentence. That's the dumbest ****ing argument to anything. Apparently, you need to be more successful or as successful as something in order to have an opinion on it. That's ****ing stupid.
    danos1204
    Well, his reaction might not make sense to most of us, but at least he is standing behind his performance on the record. I guess if he enjoys it and thinks it's awesome, more power to him. I don't really understand the literate part though...
    Grudgeshredder
    D4CE wrote: He's so right.. All you people are hating the 'pop'-culture so much, but you guys don't realize that you're part of it. Music doesnt have to be perfect, or even enjoyable at first listen. To get into music like Lulu, you have to be willing to take time to listen to it more than once, and pay attention to the lyrics and the vibe (you'll get what they mean with "I am the table"). Most of you guys didn't listen even more than one song (the view), which sounded a bit strange to you, so you decided to hate the album. Lulu deliver a feeling.. It's a bit strange, a bit scary sometimes, sometimes even a bit funny, but it's meant to be like that! So why should Metallica or Lou care about what you guys say about it. They love the album theirselves, right? and that's the most important thing about music. True artist don't care about any opinion besides their own. They could've made this album perfect but they didn't because they didn't want to. If you don't like (or get) the album, atleast have respect for them for doing something different..
    Oh, and sorry for the double post but I just have to respond to this. I am one of probably the few people that have made it through the album in it's horrendous entirety, much less listen to it form beginning to end 17 times. I wish I had the moments I wasted for those 17 times back, because I still think it's one of the worst albums I have EVER heard. I have given this album 16 chances too many, and I'll even go to the extend that the 17th chance is a barely warranted one because I listened to The View before the album leaked and should have listened to my gut feeling then. I'm a huge fan of Metallica, and even though I despise St. Anger as an album, there's at least one or two songs on there I can listen to. Any "listenable" songs on Lulu were crushed the moment Lou Reed opened his "more literate than 95% of the world population" mouth. Also, for being one of the old-fashioned thrashers that mainly like the first 4-5 Metallica albums and every Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, and Anthrax album from the 80's-early 90's, I also really enjoy Risk, Load, and ReLoad (Along with bands like Green Day, Nirvana, Weird Al, etc.) so I'm not all metal all the time either. I'm not bashing the fact that Metallica went and did something different. I'm bashing the fact that the end result was so bad that I actually went and listened to country (the only genre that I truly despise) for 3 hours after the fact just to drown out the horrid deal hearings of Lou saying "Pumping Blood" for what seemed like years.
    guitarlad89
    if it's for literate people, write a ****ing book, don't make some God awful cd that sounds like shit. If he wanted me to listen to the words, he might want to stop sounding like shit when he "sings".
    dieinafire
    Dont kid yourself about me, you know what Im saying? Im not a good guy to f--- with."
    Damn straight. He'll deal you a poem so fast your head will spin.
    MegaDTSX
    He continues with what appears to be a warning: "You know a lot of time these guys that interview us, they think theyre more literate than I am," he said. "That would be a real bad mistake. Dont kid yourself about me, you know what Im saying? Im not a good guy to f--- with.
    I think he meant "really" right there, but we're all illiterate and he's not so how the **** should I know.
    Iliekgitaz
    And what better way to prove that then to make a CD with Metallca? A band so popular that even maybe half the people who listen to them could be illiterate? Could be wrong though.
    WAAAAAAAHHH0010
    D4CE wrote: He's so right.. All you people are hating the 'pop'-culture so much, but you guys don't realize that you're part of it. Music doesnt have to be perfect, or even enjoyable at first listen. To get into music like Lulu, you have to be willing to take time to listen to it more than once, and pay attention to the lyrics and the vibe (you'll get what they mean with "I am the table"). Most of you guys didn't listen even more than one song (the view), which sounded a bit strange to you, so you decided to hate the album. Lulu deliver a feeling.. It's a bit strange, a bit scary sometimes, sometimes even a bit funny, but it's meant to be like that! So why should Metallica or Lou care about what you guys say about it. They love the album theirselves, right? and that's the most important thing about music. True artist don't care about any opinion besides their own. They could've made this album perfect but they didn't because they didn't want to. If you don't like (or get) the album, atleast have respect for them for doing something different..
    Another example of someone finding a creative way to try to give respect to Lou Reed and Metallica. The album was ridiculous and horrible. Get the **** over it. We don't need to respect it because it was Metallica. It was unique, yes. A very unique and "different" piece of shit.
    AnEvilWalrus
    Shor-T Zero wrote: Ok, that's it, it has to be said: His picture on the front page of UG makes him look like Andross from Star Fox. Seriously, go take a look.
    I've been waiting for you, Star Fox...
    BassFishin
    Look...I love a lot of Lou Reed's stuff. Really I'm just a fan of the Velvet Underground. But, come on. This album suggests to me that he has lost touch with reality a bit (more so than normal). Go to you tube, search Some Kind of Nature by Gorillaz. This is the kind of 'spoken word' that Reed needs to be doing. No one is attacking your lyrics, Reed. They're attacking the way you used them. Cripes...
    Redd_dymond
    Can't the pretentious little shit accept the album was a failed experiment? He was working with Metallica, it should have sold 10x more than it did. also, I like the way it says under "more Lou Reed news": "Lou Reed Named Rock's Most Overrated Lyricist"
    Phoenix V
    WAAAAAHHH0010 wrote: D4CE wrote: He's so right.. All you people are hating the 'pop'-culture so much, but you guys don't realize that you're part of it. Music doesnt have to be perfect, or even enjoyable at first listen. To get into music like Lulu, you have to be willing to take time to listen to it more than once, and pay attention to the lyrics and the vibe (you'll get what they mean with "I am the table"). Most of you guys didn't listen even more than one song (the view), which sounded a bit strange to you, so you decided to hate the album. Lulu deliver a feeling.. It's a bit strange, a bit scary sometimes, sometimes even a bit funny, but it's meant to be like that! So why should Metallica or Lou care about what you guys say about it. They love the album theirselves, right? and that's the most important thing about music. True artist don't care about any opinion besides their own. They could've made this album perfect but they didn't because they didn't want to. If you don't like (or get) the album, atleast have respect for them for doing something different.. Another example of someone finding a creative way to try to give respect to Lou Reed and Metallica. The album was ridiculous and horrible. Get the **** over it. We don't need to respect it because it was Metallica. It was unique, yes. A very unique and "different" piece of shit.
    Agree. Get the F over it. This isn't to do with the pop culture. The ONLY reason this album made it to the public domain is because Lou Reed and Metallica put their names to it and both arsists have a mega fan base. If this was a proposed opus by a new upcoming band, it would end their career before it even started, and theyd be searching for a new label. This might be something youde knock around with a group of friends in your band while jamming in your garage or living room after 10 whiskys when no one cares. But as a public domain album, this is a POS. Yes I've listened to it, a few times, trying to find this vibe or feel or something about it that wants to make me coming back or something about it that makes me feel intrigued. There isn't, it won't and it doesn't. So somehow now the problem according to Lou must be with the LISTENER.Oh my, the listeners are illiterate. It couldn't possibly be that my album is a stinker, me, Lou Reed, I'm a rock icon and everything I do must be great. I must get angry when my material gets critised and state I'm not to be F**KED WITH. GTFOutta here!
    wutconnur
    "Dont kid yourself about me, you know what Im saying? Im not a good guy to f--- with." Give it a rest, old man.
    xHellbound
    My uncle (huge metal head) keeps calling me and saying, "I got you the new Metallica, Lulu, you wanted that right." Always gettin' trolled.
    Xirachi
    BigSpence wrote: What a Luser
    I think you mean... Lou-ser. amirite The idea of basing lyrics on a playwright that was written ages ago is just not appealing to the vast majority of people.
    stndrdprcdre
    Honey Badger Lou doesn't give a ****. He just does whatever the **** he wants! He doesn't give a shit!
    andrey33
    "Im not a good guy to f--- with."--> Uuuuu, lookout everyone, we got a bad ass over here...
    Cavalcade
    That would be a real bad mistake. Dont kid yourself about me, you know what Im saying? Im not a good guy to f--- with.
    Watch out, if you fvck with him, he'll literate you. To death.
    Patty-cakez
    this guy's beginning to sound like every other pompous wannabe rock star out there. (ehem Noel Gallagher and shit). Why can't bad reviews just mean that your shit sucks instead of meaning people are bitter and cruel to you? Your voice makes me want to kick infants with my fists, Mr. Reed. Why Metallica, of all bands? You couldn't go for like a snappy jazz band?