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David Bowie? Oh Yeah, HUGE ‘Lulu’ Fan…

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In a three-hour chat with Tom Scharpling as last night’s guest on The Best Show, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy revealed that his hero David Bowie was a staunch defender of 2011’s Lulu, Lou Reed‘s much-mocked collaboration with Metallica.

Bowie said, “That’s some of the best writing Lou’s done. People are making a snap judgment and they aren’t listening,” Murphy told Scharpling, according to Consequence of Sound.

When Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his widow Laurie Anderson voiced the same sentiment from Bowie. “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,” Bowie had told her.

Needless to say, the album didn’t receive rave reviews at the time. The New York Times described it as “a set of wrenching, astonishingly profane songs inspired by two century-old German plays.” Pitchfork called it “audacious,” but “exhaustingly tedious” while the Village Voice said the project could “charitably be described as ‘unpleasant.'”

But in an interview with the USA Today, Reed defended Metallica and the collaboration. “They are my metal blood brothers. They’re very brave, and they can play. I’m not easy to play with. Some of [Lulu] that sounds easy is actually really hard. A lot of cool players can’t do that. Academia drove it out of them,” he said.

In Murphy’s lengthy conversation with Schapling, he covered a wide range of other topics, but also the story of his first meeting with Bowie, when the two were working on Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor.  

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