Well, the result of one of the unlikeliest collaborations in some time here. As reported about a month ago, Darren Aronofsky took a gig directing the first video from Metallica and Lou Reed‘s absurd Lulu album, and it’s now in the can and ready for your eyes. Considering the whole musical collaboration is based on German expressionsist Frank Wedekind‘s controversial plays about a serial killing teenage prostitute, the video for “The View” (not “Iced Honey” as first reported) is surprisingly tame.
Debuting over at IFC, the spot is really nothing more than a black-and-white video of the band playing in a rehearsal space with a few effects and overlapping images to mix things up. Frankly, it almost feels like it was exhumed out of the 1990s alternative rock wave of videos, though that may also be because of Metallica’s limp riffing too. But no matter what we feel about the song, Aronofsky says he was totally mesmerized. Or something. “The first time I heard ‘The View’ I was stunned,” Aronofsky said. “I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Lou’s crushing lyrics, and the band’s incredible licks.”
Well, he’s entitled to his opinion. As a song, “The View” is sort of terrible, but not as crushingly disastrous as some reviews would have you believe. But it’s pretty turgid, and they hyperbolic lyrics don’t help matters. Anyway, you can see what the team of Aronofsky/Metallica/Reed turn out below. We can’t tell if the slow cap and “brilliant” bit at the end is supposed to be ironic or not.