R.I.P. Mr. Lou Reed....
Sweet Jane- The Jim Carroll Band I Write Your Name
I'm So Free- Lou Reed Transformer
Velvet Underground- Jonathan Richman I, Jonathan
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together- The Velvet Underground Live MCMXCIII
There She Goes Again- R.E.M. Dead Letter Office
Kill Your Sons- Tommy Keene Songs From The Film
Femme Fatale- Big Star Big Star's 3rd: Sister Lovers
Head Held High- Subway Sect What's The Matter Boy?
^I Love You, Suzanne- Lou Reed New Sensations
White Light White Heat- The Professionals 1-2-3
The Black Angel's Death Song- Beck Record Club Velvet Underground and Nico
After Hours- Rilo Kiley The Execution Of All Things EP
What Goes On- The Feelies Only Life
Who Loves The Sun- Teenage Fanclub Bonus B Sides
*Jesus- Glen Campbell Meet Glen Campbell
*Sally Can't Dance- The Andrea True Connection White Witch
*New Age- Rachel Sweet Protect The Innocent
Rock And Roll- The Runaways The Runaways
There is No Time- Lou Reed New York
Venus in Furs- Monster Magnet Monolithic, Baby!
I'm Waitng for the Man- The Celibate Rifles Platters du Jour
Run Run Run- The Riats Run Run Run
Sunday Morning- The Queers Acidbeaters
>Why Don't You Smile Now- The All Night Workers Why Don't You Smile Now
I'll Be Your Mirror- Rainy Day Rainy Day
Vicious- Blitz Voice Of A Generation
Slip Away (A Warning)- Lou Reed and John Cale Songs For Drella
Perfect Day (Acoustic Demo)- Lou Reed Transformer
^Power Pop Peak: #78 UK Singles Chart 4/15/84
*SacroSet: Unlikely Lou Reed Covers
>Power Pop Prototype: 1965 (First Lou Reed/John Cale composition!)
I'm sorry to say it was MUCH worse the first and only time I saw Lou Reed live on July 25, 1986 at Great Woods in Mansfield, Mass. Debbie, the girl I was dating at the time, got us free tickets from her dad who was General Manager of Channel 4, the TV sponsor of all the Great Woods concerts. Even for free, it was rough going. Lou seemed to be trying for some kind of white boy funk deal with a parachute pants wearing, mullet sporting backing band that included, dare I say, it a full time saxophone player. WTF? The bass player's
|The Godfather vs. The Demon|
|Songs For Drella, 1990|
single greatest book ever written about punk rock. In 1956 at the age of 16, Reed was given electroconvulsive therapy to cure his bisexuality. In the book he says:
"They put the thing down your throat so you don't swallow your tongue, and they put electrodes on your head. That's what was recommended in Rockland State Hospital to discourage homosexual feelings. The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can't read a book because you get to page 17 and have to go right back to page one again."There are several other revelations about Lou Reed in Please Kill Me (some of his sexual proclivities are especially nasty) yet nothing is as troubling as his teenage shock therapy, which forever changed my perceptions of him and his music.
"Lou Reed is my own hero principally because he stands for all the most f*cked up things that I could ever possibly conceive of. Which probably only shows the limits of my imagination."Lou Reed has inspired countless musicians over the years and as his legend grows will no doubt continue to do so. What's more, he seemed to do everything on his own terms. Whether you loved or hated what he was doing at any given time, Reed was one of the few musicians you could never completely write off because there was always a chance that his next album might just be his best in the last ten years, or twenty years or ever.
Streaming/download links for the Lou Reed tribute are below (if they "stick" just pause and un-pause)