Lou Reed Doesn't Want to Be a 'Nashville' Songwriter

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  • Illustration: Dustin Glick
Though the general rumble regarding Lulu — that fever dream of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica — has mostly subsided, Lou is still defending the thing. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Mr. Reed stood up for the depth of his lyrics, indicating that he doesn't intend to be a Nashville-style lyricist:

As much as Reed asserts disdain for criticism, I suspect he has been upset by the reaction to Lulu. “I think this thing needs a champion. This is for people who are literate. This isn’t 'I cry in my beer cos you f—-ed him and ran your truck through my bar.’

“You can write 30 of those and move to Nashville. These words — every time I see them I get thrilled because it does it to me. It may do it to no one else, I don’t care. I can’t try any harder. I can’t do any better. And my heart was pure and my soul was pure, too. I went in there to make music with the best guys I could find. And we did.”

Well. I'm not exactly certain that's how Nashville is still perceived, songwriter-wise. Either way, I guess that collaboration between Lou and Reba McEntire — titled ReRe, naturally — isn't going to happen anytime soon. Maybe another musical for dogs is next?

By the way, that image was taken from Dustin Glick's illustrated interpretation of Tom Scharpling encountering Lou Reed in a Starbucks — still one of my favorite things to happen this year. Props to Intern Matthew Fox (not that Matthew Fox) for sending the Telegraph link along. Good stuff.

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