"I did not do this because I particularly like or dislike either band. I did it because other people like and dislike them so much."
The Huffington Post on how Chuck Klosterman’s critique of the Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration album Lulu may have been more influential than the record itself:
Chuck Klosterman’s barbed piece for Grantland crediting Lulu for opening his eyes to the value of pushy record execs, because artistic freedom produces “records like this,” went more viral than Lulu.
From the aforementioned Grantland piece:
As a rule, we’re always supposed to applaud the collapse of the record industry. We are supposed to feel good about the democratization of music and the limitless palette upon which artists can now operate. But that collapse is why Lulu exists. If we still lived in the radio prison of 1992, do you think Metallica would purposefully release an album that no one wants?
"I’m much more interested in why people feel nostalgia, particularly when that feeling derives from things that don’t actually intersect with any personal experience they supposedly had. I don’t care if nostalgia is good or bad, because I don’t believe either of those words really applies."
"There’s never been a more obstinate fan base than that of The Wire; it’s a secular cult that refuses to accept any argument that doesn’t classify The Wire as the greatest artistic endeavor in television history. It’s almost as if these people secretly believe this show actually happened, and that criticizing the storyline is like mocking an episode of Frontline."