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Sunday, October 27, 2013

RIP Lou Reed

Still frustrated as hell bout my copies of the Clash "Outside Broadcasts" (vols 6-8) being dicked up, but this is important enough to merit a break in that series anyway. 71 year old Lou Reed passed away...... what a sad, sad thing...... it happens to us all, I'm afraid, but MAN, not LOU REED.

"Very few people ever heard the Velvet Underground, but everyone who ever did started a band", or something like that, used to be the old adage. And it's true,arguably THE most influential act on the field of a LOT of modern-day rock (it would be impossibly ridiculous to list everyone who owes them a debt of gratitude), and Reed was the dynamic force behind them. I did a Velvets "rarities" post LONG ago, almost certain that if you check the links are dead, but no matter....when I get the Clash thing wrapped up I will construct a PROPER "best Lou Reed Post EVER" which of course will have to contain all the Velvet's brilliant work, plus the high points (and there have been many) of Reed's post-Velvets career.....

I really don't have a lot to say here, except you will be missed by at least ONE person, Lou (me), and of course by many others.....the Velvets single-handedly introduced me to what music from the "dark side" of life could REALLY sound like, and were almost definitley THE #1 influence on my personal, present day musical tastes......

As I said, I'm in the middle of the Clash thing, someone has requested some Hawkwind (which I think I WILL do), and also soon I will be putting together a PROPER obituary for Lou Reed.....but for today, why not enjoy "Rock N Roll Animal", an album that I have simply always loved (post-Velvets work).....I think the version of "Sweet Jane" is THE definitive version (sue me it's what I think), MAJESTIC versions of Velvet classics "Rock N Roll", "Heroin", in my estimation a SUPERIOR version of "White Light/ White Heat", a fine, fine, five-star live album with Lou fronting an crack band of session musicians, led of course by guitarists Steve Hunter (of the showboating "Sweet Jane" into) and Dick Wagner, Keyboardist Ray Colcord, Bassist PrakashJohn, and drummer Pentti Glenn.....harder rocking and more dense than the wonderful stripped down/fuzzed up Velvets sound, this album is SO much better than it has any right to be, as Reed takes his own classic material and actually redefines it.....DAMN hard to do, if you ask me, and it takes a true one-of-a-kind performer such as Lou Reed top do it

So enjoy this album, Clash stuff should resume tomorrow, and eventually we'll see some Hawkwind and THE definitive  Lou Reed post......REST IN PEACE MR REED you will be and are missed!

01 Intro/Sweet Jane/02 Heroin/03 How Do You Think It Feels/04 Caroline Says/05 White Light White Heat/06 Lady Day/07  Rock N Roll


  1. Rock N Roll Animal


    1. Crap.
      Lou was a longtime favorite of mine, too, since the VU.

  2. "Everyone dies, baby that's a fact, everyone that dies won't come backl" Lou Reed made it to 71, which is a kind of miracle anyway. He should have died (like Keef) in the early 70's. Luckily he didn't... and made some awesome music after. RIP Lou! You will be greatly missed.

  3. I'm not exactly shocked, but I'm still saddened, as I've been a Lou Reed / Velvets fan from way back. I remember going to see Lou Reed during that Rock 'n' Roll Animal tour (with Ducks Deluxe as the opening act). That was when I was about fifteen, growing up in London, and I had to go by myself as literally none of my friends were interested. A few years later, I moved to Los Angeles, just in time for the local punk scene of that era, a fair amount of which was influenced by the Velvet Underground, anyway. So, right now, I'm feeling like a huge part of my life has just slipped out of alignment. But at least there's Big Scott's proper obituary to look forward to.

    1. It will be worthy of both him and the vu......later this week sometime

  4. So, just in case you don;t have any Lou Reed:
    LOU REED - Lou Reed (1972)

    LOU REED - Transformer (1972)

    LOU REED - Rock ’n’ Roll Animal (1973)

    LOU REED - Berlin (1973)

    LOU REED - Sally Can’t Dance (1974)

    LOU REED - Lou Reed Live (1975)

    LOU REED - Rock And Roll Heart (1976)

    LOU REED - Coney Island Baby (1976) (Expanded Deluxe Edition-Japan 2006)

    LOU REED - Street Hassle (1978)

    LOU REED - The Bells (1979)

    LOU REED - Growing Up In Public (1980)

    LOU REED - The Blue Mask (1982)

    LOU REED - Legendary Hearts (1983)

    LOU REED - New Sensations (1984)

    LOU REED - Mistrial (1986)

    LOU REED - New York (1989)

    Thx to Gyro from the Twilightzone blog:)

    1. Thanks Psyclist and Gyro, a goldmine for people whose Reed collections have som gaps.

  5. Bless y'all! Thx Lou for teaching my about music & life.

  6. I bought Metal Machine Music when it came out and I was a teenager. I felt ripped off because I didn't have a lot of money to waste back then. To get my money's worth, I would play it as long as I could to annoy my sisters. I don't think I ever got past ten minutes of it until they were screaming at me!

  7. Anyone have Lou doing Cohen's Stranger Song? I've looked and I've looked....

  8. WoW!
    I've been listening to Lou for two days and hadn't yet got to any of these except the Coney Island Baby... Now I'll have plenty of more "KIcks".
    Thanks for these kind links.

  9. Thanks BigScott, Psyclist and Gyro for this wonderful anthology of Lou Reed albums. I have most on vinyl, but this saves me lots of Ripping !

    Does anyone have Metal Machine Music - I know it's crap but I've never heard it and 'curiosity is killing the cat - and me !

  10. Aussie just check the post RIP Lou Reed Part2 and it's there in all it's digital glory ........"thank" me later!

    Scott m