“Lou decided to get Godley and Creme to do the video for ‘Video Violence’ with these robots. Then the label decided to change single, but Lou didn’t want to waste the robots, so you had this great clever pop song with a video of this robot tearing its own face off… MTV debuted it, and then we got a call saying people were complaining that their video was making kids cry.”
— Lou Reed’s bassist Fernando Saunders on the music video for No Money Down
That pretty much says it all. How many young viewers were traumatized by the discovery that Lou Reed was a terminator? I can’t imagine that the man between Metal Machine Music minded too much.