Monday, October 28, 2013

The Most Interesting Man in the World riffs on Lou Reed...

Rest peacefully, my friend.
He dug the Velvets long before any of us had a clue. Sang backup.

He went up Lexington, but only one two four.  Respect.

"Back in the day, I didn't always do heroin, but when I did, I preferred it with Lou Reed."

He's always the very first invited to all tomorrow's parties.

He IS the Wild Side, so be careful where you walk.

Email reply from Gussy P, former Westie Punk and music trivia god:
The best riffs for Lou Reed were performed by Steve Hunter (Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels, Alice Cooper) and Dick Wagner (also Alice Cooper) for the Intro to Sweet Jane. The story goes that the crowd in Germany (I think, Europe at least) went wild for the duo performance. So wild that after the concert Lou said, "I'm the star of the show, the people are here for me. You guys can go back to the states, I'll get someone else." At least that was a rumor from the late '70's. If I knew how, I would try to have that for my ring tone. Although it would be a very long ring tone. Jenny take a ride now, hey hey.
YouTube audio of performance to which Gussy P was referring - here

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rest in peace, Mr. Lou Reed, you were one of a kind...

Pioneer, Dead at 71

Rolling Stone
Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71
Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71Look back at Lou Reed's remarkable career in photos
With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. "One chord is fine," he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. "Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."  (read more)

Patti Smith mourns Lou Reed (New Yorker) - here
New Yorker article written by Reed in 1996 - here
Lou Reed lyrics - here
Rock N Roll Animal - full album
Lou Reed - Wikipedia
Velvet Underground - Loaded - full album
Velvet Underground & Nico - full album 
20 Great Lou Reed Moments (Stereogum) - here
Velvet Underground, The South Bank Show - here
Lou Reed Transformer - fabulous album here