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Lou Reed Releases Metal Machine Music

Lou Reed Releases Metal Machine Music
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Three years after the release of his hit single "Walk On The Wild Side," former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed decided to take his career in a decidedly less commercial direction. He released Metal Machine Music, an album that's basically just an hour's worth of feedback-filled noise. Many fans attempted to return the album to the store, assuming that the vinyl was somehow defective. He hasn't had anything even remotely resembling a hit single in the 36 years since the LP hit stores, though that's mainly because he hasn't even tried to write anything commercial. 

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