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  • Epic Riff: "Sweet Jane".
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: The music video for "No Money Down".
  • Jerkass: Has been known to reduce interviewers to tears. Especially if they're fans.
  • Tear Jerker: A whole Tear Jerker album with Berlin, a Concept Album about a doomed romantic couple with a woman Driven to Suicide after her children are taken away.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The release of Metal Machine Music shocked fans and critics alike, with many returning the vinyl to stores believing theirs was damaged, though Reed continues to suggest that it was a landmark for industrial and noise-rock.
    • Some of the lyrics to Lulu fall into this category.
  • Vindicated by History: Upon release, Berlin was almost universally panned by critics, and called "a disaster" by Rolling Stone, who would go on to include the album in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time many years later.
  • WTH? Casting Agency: Most people's reaction to his collaboration with Metallica on Lulu.
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