View Full Version : Rest in Peace, Lou Reed.

Wonderful Monds
10-27-2013, 02:31 PM
I wasn't expecting this to happen today. :/

I remember now, reading about his liver transplant, but this still catches me by surprise big time.

10-27-2013, 03:32 PM
One of the absolute greats. RIP.

10-27-2013, 04:19 PM
He was a musician who wasn't afraid of failure. Too many are trying to make hits and get paid, he was about music, whether you loved him or didn't care for him, he was his own man.


10-27-2013, 04:40 PM

10-27-2013, 04:51 PM
He was a musician who wasn't afraid of failure. Too many are trying to make hits and get paid, he was about music, whether you loved him or didn't care for him, he was his own man.


Berlin was a great example of that. I really recommend anyone interested in his music listening to the live version of that album.

10-27-2013, 05:08 PM

10-27-2013, 06:39 PM
A fav of mine


10-27-2013, 11:54 PM
Always thought I should listen to more Velvet Underground than I have. This might be a good time.

btw, I had no idea Reed was married to Laurie Anderson.

10-27-2013, 11:59 PM
I certainly wouldn't call myself a huge Lou Reed fan. I liked some Village Underground stuff for sure, liked some solo stuff too, but I LOVED who he was. To me he represented an authenticity that felt like the "real" New York. An edge, an energy, a little seedy, a little dirty but full of vitality and the promise of something cool just around the corner. I suppose that's why hearing of his passing kinda stopped me in my tracks for a minute. A real treasure and a real loss.

10-28-2013, 02:33 PM
As a kid I was a big fan of the Book of Lists. One of the lists was the twenty greatest rock albums of all time. It was taken from a poll of critics. Most of the albums were the recognizable names -- Stones, Beatles, Dylan, etc... But there was an album on the list called The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground. What was that?

Months later I came across a cassette of "...and Nico" in a discount bin at the Sam Goody's in the mall. I bought it and it blew my mind.

Lou Reed always loomed large for me since.

Street Hassle is an ambitious song on a forgettable album, maybe it's too ambitious, it's like a small novel about junkies (with a guest dialogue by Springsteen). One of my favorite songs.

10-29-2013, 04:36 AM
On "New York", Lou captured a time and a place about as well as humanly possible. And most of the rest of his stuff isn't bad either. I think I've listened to his music as much, if not more, than any other musician. Ellington said there's two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. Lou played good music.

Dom Heffner
10-31-2013, 01:03 AM
When I worked as a Dj in indiana, a friend of mine supplied CDs for me as the station's wasn't always available to me.

He had Green Day, Live, Henry Rollins...played the heck out of that stuff. And then he hands me one woth a banana on the cover and tells me it will fit right in even though it's much older.

And it did. Beautifully.

11-01-2013, 11:29 PM
No more comebacks from one of my guides through rock and roll. He was an essential songwriter, a NYC raconteur and the bridge from rock to punk.
He wrote two of my all time favorite songs: What goes on and Heroin. I have never tired of listening to them.
He really lived the life he sang about, which gave his lyrics an authenticity that you could hear.