Lulu, the recent confounding collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, has received pretty much no positive criticism from any music circle, but that’s not stopping the former Velvet Underground frontman and the thrash-metal pioneers from continuing to promote it.
Yesterday, “Loutallica” made an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland to showcase “Iced Honey,” the second single from Lulu (a music video for the song directed by Darren Aronofsky is currently in the works), as well as a sludgy rendition of The Velvet Underground’s classic “White Light/White Heat.”
Watching the two camps share the stage doesn’t make the jarring stylistic fusion gel any better: Reed and Metallica are still acting as they always do when they perform without much visible interaction or sense of camaraderie, with Reed standing basically on the opposite side of the stage from the band.
If you’re feeling brave or curious, or if you’re a masochist, or if you’re part of the minority that digs Lulu, you can watch the Jools Holland performances below.
“White Light/White Heat”: