Metal Machine Music

Label
BUDDHA RECORDS
Release date
10 Oct 2000
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
125:50

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Metal Machine Music, Part I 15:58 9,009
2 Metal Machine Music, Part II 15:46 5,554
3 Metal Machine Music, Part III 16:02 4,562
4 Metal Machine Music, Part IV 15:51 4,264
Side 4 13:36 836
Side 1 16:18 969
Side 2 16:01 715
Side 3 16:18 736

About this album

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.

Style

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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  • lucaslups

    Noise heaven (or hell).

    Yesterday 11:14pm Reply
  • PhnomPencil

    I don't think this was meant as a joke... he lost his nerve after the fact.

    23 Jul 9:50am Reply
  • BollowYourGrue

    How can people call this album pretentious or awful when artists like Merzbow and Sunn O))) get lauded for the same thing?

    5 Jul 9:13pm Reply
  • Poisonnation

    There is nothing to understand. This is quite possibly the most pretentious album ever created.

    3 Mar 7:03pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    Only the great artists create something that people don't understand.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • A1000Mistakes

    Total Classic!!!!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Spageteach

    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. [2]

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    "If you play this loud enough you will become a space wizard" - best tag ever

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    Listening to this album is like having your earholes constantly raped by a pack of wolves.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    I dont even... I'm not sure if this album incredible or horrible. Maybe both.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • roscoebotte

    A diamond in the rough of the Lou Reed discography.

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Robesko

    Better than Lulu. [3]

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • Saraiva-kun

    HELLISHHHHHH FEEDBAAAAAACKS

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    one of the hilarious footnotes in rock history

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gottalovett07

    We play the guitar not with notes but with sounds.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • HIBICK

    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
  • 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
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