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Metallica and Lou Reed Unveil Joint Album Title

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Anton Corbijn

In case you are still in the camp of people who don’t quite believe the news that Metallica and Lou Reed are actually recording an album together, there’s some new evidence that demands your attention. It was announced that the effort — and we do feel safe calling this one an effort — will be titled ‘Lulu.’ The official website for the joint venture also revealed a partial track listing and possible album art for the disc, which drops Nov. 1.

What’s up with that name? “’Lulu’ was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind’s plays ‘Earth Spirit’ and ‘Pandora’s Box,’ which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships and are now collectively known as the ‘Lulu Plays,’” reads a post on the group’s website. ‘Since their publication in the early 1900′s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (‘Pandora’s Box,’ 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors.”

And now the ‘Lulu’s Plays’ are getting the Loutallica treatment. Reed previously wanted to use the story as the basis for a theatrical production he had planned in Berlin, but after performing with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concerts in New York in 2009 they decided to use the lyrics and music as the basis for this new project instead.

There are now a total of three song titles (‘Junior Dad,’ plus the previously announced ‘Pumping Blood’ and ‘Mistress Dread’) tied to the disc, which will apparently have a total of 10 tracks.

“Keep watching here for additional song titles, sequence, album art, and more information about the release of ‘Lulu,’” demands a post on the site. It’s the best way to get more evidence of this alleged collaboration. Although, we realize that most of you won’t believe it until you have your very own copy of ‘Lulu’ in your very own hands.

In the meantime, the collaborative group has set up a Twitter page and is the subject of a cover story in the new issue of Mojo magazine hitting stores on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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