2011 was the year the old guard transfused young blood. From Lou Reed and Metallica's badly-received pipe dream to David Lynch's various casual flings with the younger crowd, established artists threw caution to the wind this year and came out with wacky, oft-maligned, occasionally brilliant stuff. Click through our list of the five most fascinating genre collaborations of the year and judge which ones served their old masters best.
Lou Reed And Metallica: Lulu (/Loutallica)
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At its simplest level, the thing called "Loutallica" -- Lou Reed's and Metallica's temporary conjoining
-- produced an album based on German expressionism
with a song about magnets on it for some reason. Beyond that, Loutallica and their album Lulu
inspired death threats
, gleeful insults
from critics, and the inevitable "more nuanced views
" from contrarions. For all Reed's insistence that he didn't care what the critics thought, the lashing of his beloved
had to sting. Chuck Klosterman's barbed piece for Grantland
for opening his eyes to the value of pushy record execs, because artistic freedom produces "records like this," went more viral
. The muppets got in on the roast
, and ultimately Loutallica brought our country together as only truly terrible things can. Let the cat above explain.