Metal Machine Music

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Metal Machine Music, Part I 15:58 8,342
2 Metal Machine Music, Part II 15:46 5,129
3 Metal Machine Music, Part III 16:02 4,235
4 Metal Machine Music, Part IV 15:51 3,950
Side 4 13:36 837
Side 1 16:18 969
Side 2 16:01 715
Side 3 16:18 736

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Metal Machine Music (sometimes abbreviated MMM) is an album by Lou Reed. It was originally released as a two-disc LP by RCA Records in 1975. It was reissued on a single compact disc by BMG in 1998 and again by Buddah Records in 2000.
As a radical departure from the rest of Reed’s catalog, Metal Machine Music is generally considered to be either a joke, a grudging fulfillment of a contractual obligation, or an early example of noise music. Reed himself has said of the album “I was serious about it. I was also really, really stoned.”[1]. In the album’s liner notes he claimed to have invented heavy metal music and asserted that Metal Machine Music was the ultimate conclusion of that genre. Despite Reed’s artistic seriousness, his decision to release Metal Machine Music may have been a reluctant rejoinder to his contractual obligations with RCA.


According to Reed (despite the original liner notes), the album entirely consists of guitar feedback played at different speeds. The two guitars were tuned in unusual ways and played with different reverb levels. He would then place the guitars in front of their amplifiers, and the feedback from the very large amps would vibrate the strings - the guitars were, effectively, playing themselves. He recorded the work on a four-track tape recorder in his New York apartment, mixing the four tracks for stereo.

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  • Robesko

    Better than Lulu. [3]

    20 May 8:11pm Reply
  • Saraiva-kun


    5 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    one of the hilarious footnotes in rock history

    20 Jan 10:51am Reply
  • gottalovett07

    We play the guitar not with notes but with sounds.

    16 Jan 9:28am Reply

    Todo este álbum se puede resumir como Sister Ray llevada al extremo: improvisación pura, distorción, NOISE. No quiero ser el sabio ni mucho menos, pero para poder ya no disfrutarlo, sino escucharlo adecuadamente por lo que es, es entendiendo el concepto que ha manejado Lou Reed en la música desde sus inicios. Debió ser el último álbum de The Velvet Underground.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • samtfrost

    Plugged or unplugged, Metal Machine Music is a staggering piece of amplified intensity - rock at its most pure, its most dense, monolithic, the black-white noise of a million different colours merging and exploding, somewhere at the beginning of time.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • samtfrost

    It is music that makes sense of Lou Reed's unabashedly arrogant claim on the liner notes: "My week beats your year".

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ngrr_usg


    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • subtlemocking

    Play this at Lou's funeral, please. R.I.P.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Turnersmemo

    Somebody please stick this a copy of this (on vinyl) up Simon Cowells poo chute.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • towlesda

    Lou Reed at his finest hour

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    Greatest album ever.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lex1334

    Rudy_Rules - actually I fucking LOVE this. Try and tell me I'm lying to myself. And, just to be clear: even if this were a joke, it wouldn't matter. Someone makes a joke and I can appreciate it as great art? Lucky me. I get to enjoy a great noise record, whilst you get to wallow in your cynicism.

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HELl0S

    I came. First, the maker of Proto-Noise (White Light/White Heat) and this album is the perfection of that...

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Skazohnik

    Best. Лучшее что он сделал после вельветов наверное.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    Better than Lulu. [2]

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • furs_of1


    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shinji03

    I I feel a bit ashamed but I like this.

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mind_Plague Lester Bangs said it all.

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    Part III> Part I= Part II>>>>>Part IV.

    12 May 2012 Reply
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