Ian Astbury of the Cult Stands Up For Lou Reed & Metallica

Even though numerous critics lambasted the album Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica, the Cult's Ian Astbury has come out in its defense.

Astbury was being interviewed by Rolling Stone, ostensibly to discuss The Cult’s forthcoming album.

But while pondering the ‘authenticity’ and ‘life credentials’ of some critics, both professional and otherwise, he took some time out to defend Lulu.

He said that the album was “something I’ve argued with many people about. You know, everyone’s saying ‘Oh, it’s disgusting, it’s an abomination.’ You know the amount of hate they got for that record. Hate! I think Pitchfork gave it like 1, or 0.

“Lou Reed, he’s a 67-year-old man,” Astbury continued, “His body of work is stellar, he is one of our greatest laureates. If you know anything about Lou Reed, he’s not well right now. He’s deteriorating, his body’s sick, he’s getting frail and fragile. He’s chosen Metallica to be his muscle, to be his armor, so he can come out one more time and make a statement of what’s happening in his internal life, and he’s using this Weimar Republic play, Lulu, to put himself over.

“If you actually listen to the record, there’s some phenomenal moments on it, by anybody’s standards. Junior Dad for example, I think is a fucking brilliant piece of music.”

Sounding rather savvy, Astbury also pondered the shamanistic totems of Grinderman and the intimacy of the latest Feist and PJ Harvey albums.

The Cult’s ninth studio album, Choice Of Weapon, recorded with Chris Goss (QOTSA, U.N.K.L.E.) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith), is due for release on May 22.


Anonymous said...

If you take "Lulu" and ignore all vocals but Lou's...it's a masterpiece. What sinks it is Metallica's James Hetfield trying to put his two vocal cents in when he very clearly doesn't fit. Didn't someone tell him they already had a vocalist?

Anonymous said...

Hetfield's vocals ruined it? I don't know what album you listened to, but what sinks it is Lou's complete lack of a voice mixed with the fact that he clearly is no longer capable of making his lyrics flow even somewhat smoothly. We're talking about a man with an extensive background, not only on his own but with The Velvet Underground, who is considered one of the best lyricists of all time. He's just simply washed up as a songwriter

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