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Lou Reed

Metal Machine Music, Part IV (15:51)

One would be hard-pressed to name a major artist who ever released an album as thoroughly alienating as Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music; at a time when noise rock and punk had yet to make their presence known, Reed released this 64-minute aural assault that offered up a densely layered soundscape constructed from feedback, distortion, and atonal guitar runs sped up or slowed down until they were all but unrecognizable. Metal Machine Music seems a bit less startling today… read more

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  • the sudden silence at the end of the album scares me
  • I'm near certain that I heard "Star-Spangled Banner" in there somewhere [2] !
  • I'm near certain that I heard "Star-Spangled Banner" in there somewhere
  • i could'nt imagine any better ending for this album, just perfect.
  • That ending sounds exactly like a pick-up player arm skating endlessly at the end of the vinyl. At least it's my impression...
  • It's kind of strange, I don't know if people who like noise don't listen to Lou Reed or if people who listen to Lou Reed don't listen to noise, but it's strange that no one really likes this, or at least sees how influential and interesting it is. It's really some pretty great noise music, especially considering it was pre-noise. It's almost hypnotic
  • it sounds like Hototogisu http://www.last.fm/music/Hototogisu?ac=Hoto
  • I'm listening to this for the first time, and you know what? This album is funny. Really, really funny. There are intentional, grammy-winning comedy albums less funny than this. This is laugh-out-loud funny. I can't stop laughing!!!
  • This is the best track on the album. By far.
  • yes but little do they know the bleepy machine they are gnawing there way out of is in fact lodged in the stomach of a larger gerbil and they have to gnaw through as well. Hence the absurd length of the song.

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