Video: Lou Reed and Metallica – “The View” (directed by Darren Aronofsky)

    Well, it’s here. Below, you can watch the Darren Aronofsky-directed music video for “The View”, from Lou Reed and Metallica‘s joint LP Lulu (via IFC). It is, according to Reed, “possibly the best video ever made.”

    The video was originally supposed to be for “Iced Honey”, a track considered by our Jeremy Larson as one of the lone highlights on Lulu. However, according to a press release, “it became obvious” ‘The View’ was the way to go” when Reed, Metallica, and Aronofsky met up in San Francisco last month.

    Said Aronofsky: “The first time I heard ‘The View’ I was stunned. 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. It’s so original and that’s why I wanted to work on it.”


    Added Lou: ”I am very excited about working with Darren Aronofsky on our powerful video ‘The View’. I feel Darren understood the power and range of the emotions fueled by the fire of Metallica. His strength and spirit are on display in every frame and I think he has caught the anger, rage and anguish at the bottom of the soul of real rock. A literate man for a literate song. As exciting as the music and that’s a big compliment. Possibly the best video ever made. Black and white filmic noir”.

    Metallica’s Lars Ulrich also chimed in: “To have a song like ‘The View’ visualized through the eyes and magic touch of Darren Aronofsky is beyond my wildest dream. The marriage between images, music, and words in this video is indescribably thrilling and I am so next level psyched to be involved in a project that brings together the creative minds of Darren Aronofsky, Lou Reed . . . and The ‘Tallica.”

    Lulu is out now.