Songfacts®:

  • This is the first song to be released from Lulu, a joint album between American Heavy Metal band Metallica and New York Rock musician Lou Reed. The record was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's risqué plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, which tell the story of a young, abused dancer.
  • The album originated with Reed working on the lyrics on his own, and creating a musical landscape for Lulu, a theatrical production of the two plays in Berlin. However, after joining up with Metallica to play for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert in New York in 2009, they decided to work on the songs together. At HQ studios in Northern California, they recorded ten tracks for the album based on Reed's Lulu demos.
  • Lulu was largely slated by both critics and fans at the time of its release. However, the record did have some fans. Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, said during the late singer's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 18, 2015. "One of [Lou's] last projects was his album with Metallica, and this was really challenging, and I have a hard time with it. There are many struggles and so much radiance. And after Lou's death, David Bowie made a big point of saying to me, 'Listen, this is Lou's greatest work. This is his masterpiece. Just wait, it will be like 'Berlin.' It will take everyone a while to catch up.'"

    Anderson added: "I've been reading the lyrics and it is so fierce. It's written by a man who understood fear and rage and venom and terror and revenge and love. And it is raging."
  • Asked by Marin Independent Journal what it was like playing guitar with Lou Reed, Kirk Hammett replied: "He's a really, really good rhythm guitar player. He had a good, solid rhythm pulse to his playing. He was really not into lead guitar playing, and he was really, really not into wah-wah. In fact, one time during a rehearsal, I set the wah pedal and he just walked up to the microphone and said, 'Noooooo. No guitar solos. No wah-wah.' And I was blown away. [Laughs]"

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