The 25 Boldest Career Moves In Rock History

From Bob Dylan becoming born again to Panic! at the Disco dropping the exclamation mark, the decisions that have changed the music world

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Lou Reed Releases Metal Machine Music
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23. Lou Reed Releases Metal Machine Music

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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