UG Readers React to Kirk Hammett's 'Lulu' Defence

What did Ultimate Guitar readers say when Kirk Hammett called "Lulu" one of his favourite albums?

UG Readers React to Kirk Hammett's 'Lulu' Defence
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett defended the band's widely-panned album "Lulu" with Lou Reed in a recent interview.

The album was widely criticised at the time, including by Ultimate Guitar commenters who found in-jokes like James Hetfield's infamous "I am the table!" lyrics hilarious, and for all the wrong reasons.

But Hammett disagreed with the negative hype:

"I think that 'Lulu' is some of the best stuff we've done. I mean the song 'Junior Dad' moves me to tears, and working with Lou Reed was such a cool, unique, and special thing for us," he said.

Some Ultimate Guitar commenters agreed, but others weren't so sensitive. Here's what they thought:

cocacolabottle: Good to see a musician proud of his art. If the four of them like "Lulu," then that's all that counts. It was brave of them to do something original and, though I don't like it personally, it's objectively renewing.

jpob: About 95% of the hate that "Lulu" gets are from people jumping on the bandwagon. Otherwise people would already respect that it was just something that the band (and Reed) wanted to do.

thebigredjj10: An additional 39.7% of stats are well crafted lies.

mur268: if they had just jammed it and kept lulu between themselves as a creative thing to not share with anyone, then the whole world would have been asking to let it be released. Fuck metal purists, metallica will always do what they want and that's the way it should be.

verbal.ken: I think the exploratory quality of the music is cool. It's Lou Reed who ****ing ruins it.

What's your view of Metallica's "Lulu"? Let us know in the comments.

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    Is it that UG is running out of articles or just want to stir the pot? Lulu is LONG GONE. Why should you bring it back?...smh
    UG editors react to UG readers react to Kirk
    And now this is UG readers reacting to UG editors reacting to UG readers reacting to Kirk's reaction to the general reaction to Lulu. Ow...
    Because UG just can't leave it alone. It's a dead horse they just keep beating mercilessly.
    ...It's the album being crap that ruins the album.
    the problem is that it's so fake... it's like a painter painting a red dot on a white canvas and pretend it's art, it's so self sufficient an uninspired,it has nothing to do with being a purist or whatever
    i sense that ug has nothing much to say atm if theyre bringing out articles about the comments on other articles...
    I dont know whether I should be proud that I was in an UG article or dissapointed that UG made an article with me in it
    It's one thing to write an article about readers reactions to an article. It's a whole other story, asking people to leave comments for the possibility of being mentioned again in yet another recycling of the same article.
    Has anyone pictured the album w/o Lou's singing in the key of "whatever" ? The music behind is pretty damn cool.
    Humorously forgettable album, humorously memorable lyric.
    Music being good or bad is an opinion, just because childish mob mentality on this site deemed it a poor album doesn't mean a lot of people out there don't love it. And unfortunately for Metallica a large portion of their fans don't even acknowledge anything past their first four albums, and were butt hurt that they cut their hair.
    I acknowledge all their albums, I just avoid a few of them like the plague.
    Gave lulu a listen quite a few times, didn't stick with me. Every other album (yes, St.Anger included) I have loved
    I bet in a few years, the album will be getting those "how underrated" comments.
    You ever hear the Marshall Tucker Band? Didn't think so...they were awesome compared to this album (Lulu). Go YouTube them right now and tell me you don't think they're better. Or tell me you love them, I don't care...point made!
    You know what's good? Pie. It's awesome compared to Lulu, go have a slice right now and tell me you don't think it's better than Lulu. Point made.
    That is like the most random comparison to bring up. Point made.
    I like these articles about the UG people reacting to articles. it gives me the knowledge that the UG folks actually read our comments, which makes their headline sensationalizing and lack of proofreading that much more disturbing.
    Do you know what sucked the most about Lulu? The drums. Lars should have used the set of pots and buckets he played on St. Anger, that would have made it kickass.
    It's not about being a metal purist, it's about the quality of the music and Lulu sounds totally forced, overwritten and uninspired. But well, it's the same with all the "modern art" music, movies and other forms of crap from Reed's friends. Liking it is the intellectual thing to do and if you bash that kind of stuff you're an ignorant. Just remember the Simpons episode with Yoko Ono and that number 8 song lol Kind of the same thing. I appreciate they did the album because they wanted, but that doesn't mean it's any good. However, it's their band so they are able to release all forms of crap they want and if we don't like it, well, tough luck.
    'The quality of the music' is not an objective thing whatsoever. The issue is that people always think that their opinion is superior, which might just be the way we are. I personally try to overcome that when I write comments, as taste is something... That's just silly to argue about, because nobody wins. Ever. Liking or disliking something does not make anyone a better or worse person and if people were to realize that... Boy, would the internet be a nicer place. I thought Lulu was alright, but that's just as valid an answer as 'it ****ing sucks'.
    People are downvoting me for saying that opinions are subjective? Heh.
    I constantly plagiarize and repeat my self when writing papers. Sometimes I'll even cut and paste from what I've already written to fill gaps and voids. Does anyone know if ultimateGuitar is hiring?
    I love Metallica, but Lou Reed's vocals ruined that project. There was nothing wrong with the music, besides a few of Lou's tones clashing with theirs. I managed to make it through a few of the songs, but then I just couldn't take his voice anymore.
    "UG Readers React" are the dumbest articles on this site. We already have a comment section. Do we now need articles about the comment sections?
    Funny how terrible albums always get the "you just don't understand it" excuse. It's not hard to understand bad music.