LULU: Lou Reed & Metallica – album cover, tracklist and lyrics

LULU: Metallica & Lou Reed album cover

LULU by Metallica and Lou Reed will be released worldwide on October 31st 2011.

Ten songs, 90 minutes of music with graphic lyrics of jealousy, lust, violence and revenge, with grinding riffs and tantalising tones. Some of the song titles are Junior Dad, Little Dog, Mistress Dread and Pumping Blood.

Some lyrics:

I have no real feelings in my soul
Where most have passion I have a hole

“Pumping Blood” opens with a drone that breaks into a crunching march, goes into speed metal gear and breaks into free-fall sections – all over seven minutes, cut live in one take. “Mistress Dread” features Reed singing across a relentless staccato riff played at manic velocity.

Lulu was inspired by German writer Frank Wedekind’s plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box,” which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships.

The plays, originally published in 1904 and set in Germany, Paris and London in the 1890s, whirl between the points of view of Lulu, an inverted-Eve-like cipher-mirror of desire and abuse, and the people who fall desperately in love with her. Lulu is the great femme fatale. She was conceived as immoral. Or amoral.

The LULU album was produced by Lou Reed, Metallica, Hal Wilner, & Greg Fidelman and mixed by Greg Fidelman. All songs composed by Lou Reed with significant arrangement contributions by Metallica. More Lou Reed and Metallica photos here.

To promote LULU album, Lou Reed and Metallica will appear on the BBC’s “Later With Jools Holland” on November 8 and 11.


  1. Brandenburg Gate
  2. The View
  3. Pumping Blood
  4. Mistress Dread
  5. Iced Honey
  6. Cheat On Me
  7. Frustration
  8. Little Dog
  9. Cheat On Me
  10. Junior Dad