Metallica have tied their ship to the anchor that is Lou Reed, watch as he drags down the kings of hard rock on their 'Lulu' track 'Iced Honey' and a cover from Lou's Velvet Underground days during their appearance on 'Later...with Jools Holland.'

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Metallica fans disgusted by their Lou Reed collaboration can at least be optimistic that the band is at work on their next album with producer Rick Rubin. 'Lulu' is proving to be even more polarizing than the band's shift towards the mainstream on the "black album" -- a move that virtually split the band's hardcore fans.

In it's first week of release the album moved a tepid 13,000 units in the U.S. and landed at #36 on the Billboard charts -- the lowest a Metallica album has ever sold. To help promote the record overseas (where it is also not doing well) Reed and Metallica joined the BBC show 'Later..with Jools Holland' for a pair of performances.

Their first offering was the musically pleasing (yet lyrically and vocally disappointing) 'Iced Honey,' followed by a cover of the Velvet Underground tune 'White Light/White Heat.' Metallica is actually quite good, but despite the fact that he wrote them -- Reed still messes up his own lyrics during the performance. As if the entire project isn't already, Lou's performance alone is worthy of a "Rock Fail."