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One of the all time greats.
I was lucky enough to see him at The Royal Festival Hall last year.
''lou, tonight, YOU are the table''
forgive me plz
But fucking hell, The Velvets were just it weren't they? Huge loss for music. Genuinely upset about it.
Sad Song (demo) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLrb-cuFz4
the Velvets at Glastonbury 1993, first band i ever saw on the Pyramid Stage. it was a sunny day, he was in a bad mood, it was brilliant.
Might have to revisit them with the Velvet Underground & Nico on.
because it's amazing
I try and avoid his cocker spaniel mullet period
An absolute pioneer.
The only inexcusable record he put out to my knowldge was that fucking shambles with Metallica.
is my point. the whole album's pretty great. i think it's worth noting that he was releasing good music for decades. there's a general notion that he made VU&N and then a bunch of lesser VU records, then Bowie revitalised him with transformer, and then decline from then on. but he was just great- even lulu songs were pretty great when i saw him play them without metallica
Other than the Rolling Stone?
list a news story if it doesn't have 2 independent sources.
Apparently his agent has confirmed it to The Guardian.
I'll be listening to my Lou Reed playlist tonight then I guess. On random play.
One of the all time greats. Poor out some liquor, fam.
I have offended his memory with my spelling.
Blasting Coney Island Baby now. Feeling a bit emotional actually.
Shiny boots of leather
Going to stick white light/white heat on the turntable now.
Yeah, they were hugely influential and shaped a lot of the music that I love, but I don't think I've heard a single song by either of them that I have actually enjoyed.
don't ever compare the coolest, street-talking, doing heroin in a gay bar and having orgies with harlem queens and east side hookers, invented the modern rock song, doesn't give a fuck motherfucker to ever live to the fucking Beatles ever again you horrid, disrespectful cunt
Its not like I said I was happy that he died or anything.
You know one of my favourite records of his, amongst many greats (Velvets l heard her call my name - that free jazz feedback solo blows my mind every time!) is Coney Island Baby and in particular this one for the shabs and bants: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RDLRp8IY8N4
RIP a true legend.
At least John Cale doesn't look like he'll be going anywhere any time soon.
Got into Velvet Underground ten years ago as a teen and, suppose, had taken for granted what a massive influence they were on me, my life and my taste in music.
Specifically: Lou's work with bringing darker, sadder, more conversational narratives into pop music is so important. All the Velvet albums he worked on were classics and more of his solo stuff than is credited. He wrote better lyrics than almost anyone.
I know people talk about him being a shit, or hard, or weird - but fuck it - he was one of the greats. Someone who you could never think up or imagine if he wasn't actually there.
The real test, though: people will be listening to him long into the future. We know that for damn sure. An awful lot of people should be listening to his stuff tonight.
It's not exactly Jason Molina ffs!
Guy had some great songs irrespective
everyone said it was sad.
It's all subjective anyway, surely. Jason Molina's passing might not have been upsetting to someone who didn't know of him, or didn't rate his music, but it just doesn't need saying at the time, does it, if at all.
Sorry to his family and fans
Possibly the most inadvertently hilarious thing I've read on DiS. Made me smile on a sad morning. Unbelievable.
got Street Hassle on at the moment. title track especially - so good
Never looked back.
The man was an icon.
Gone on a sunday morning...
Arguments for heaven:
* being part of the equal-greatest band of all time
* Sister Ray
* not giving a fcuk what anybody thought of him, ever
* being cool as shit all the way through the 1970s
* torturing rock journalists
* putting out The Blue Mask at the point in his career when most of his peers were getting really embarrassing
* that one chord/two chords/three chords quote
Arguments for hell:
* kicking Cale out of the Velvets
* overweening late career self-importance & buying into his own "elder statesman" hype
* that Metallica atrocity
* releasing "song cycles" and performing with a tai chi master onstage
* tolerating Laurie Anderson
* that time when I saw you in the mid 1980s. I wasn't expecting greatness, but you were so abysmally shite the disappointment nearly killed me
then pretty much every musician who was around for a few decades is down there
lou reed is definitely going to hell. have you head his music? god does not like that shit. god likes westlife and the antlers. this is definite satan music (thank fuck)
I would've started a critical discussion of Lou Reed cos certainly there's loads to talk about but that's just me. This thread sort of is just for people to talk about how much they loved his music I would've thought.
behave yourself, son.
One of the few 10/10 albums for me. Bleak, depressing yet simply brilliant.
Their mere existence pollutes the very fabric of the universe itself, and in some obscure sense they're probably responsible for climate change
You're so funny and cute. That was really amusing. Trolling the thread of fans of a dead man is GREAT. Your use of English is awesome as well! Well done all around.
And I'm not trolling. The Velvets have probably been the single biggest influence on me as a musician and a music lover.
But you can hardly disagree that he put out some terrible stuff during the course of his career. It's one of the things I love about him, the sheer perversity that resulted in things like Lulu. Most adults can appreciate the ambiguities and contradictions of artists they admire.
eg saying he's going to hell for releasing berlin and marrying laurie anderson
blew my teenage mind. One of those guys whose music encouraged me to seek out other (excuse the phrase) "alternative" music. Often feel a bit cynical about people who overact to famous deaths, but this was one of the all time greats, and I'm listening to Satellite of Love and feeling a bit somber about the whole thing. RIP you legend.
Such a cold, brilliant song. It's so cold in Alaska. I love this song.
I can't remember a time when I didn't know who Lou Reed was and think the banana album was a classic, but despite this, it's only in the last couple of years I have given a lot of his solo stuff an actual listen. I guess the word on the street was that Lou Reed's non Velvets albums were kind of take it or leave it. And I believed this for some reason despite knowing that nobody who was saying this to me had really given them a proper listen. Pretty sure there must be a fair few folks out there who really like the Velvet Underground but, like me, have not been particularly bothered about his solo stuff past buying Transformer for £3 in the HMV megasale.
Well, hopefully that will change now and people will delve into his post-VU back catalogue. As although he didn't release any absolute classic albums in the sense that every track first to last was a stonker, there are a whole load of excellent songs out there waiting to be heard by people who will like them.
To those in this boat, start with this one (possibly the most underrated rock song out there relative to how famous the guy who did it was, in my opinion) and get exploring.
I'll sound like a dull old man but if any of you haven't heard anything from Berlin before please check the album out. It's the best album you'll hear for ages. I'll listen to Caroline part 2 now and go to bed.
RIP Lou Reed. You made some amazing music.
supposed to live forever, innit.
"Reed’s musical potential was originally spotted by the flamboyant artist Andy Warhol. The Pop Art impresario became The Velvet Underground’s manager and introduced Reed to his signature habit of always wearing sunglasses indoors."
Sunglasses indoors. Was there no end to his depravity?
"For a man who made no apology for a life lived at full throttle, the harvest took a long time coming."
And I saw this slick guy, I think he was in some band or something, interesting character, loads of ideas. I'd have to say though, the most striking thing about him was that he wore sunglasses. Indoors."
"He's gonna start a revolution."
I magine how outraged they would have been if his dad was a Marxist.
when any famous musician from the 60s/70s dies?
Cliff Richard's probably safe, unless he comes out before he dies. Then Jan Moir will likely pen a piece blaming his debauched lifestyle for his death.
McCartney's from Liverpool so I'd imgaine the Sun will probably accuse tragically dead family members of his of being drunk, violent, theives & then hide behind a 30 year police cover up.
Love the tabloids me.
"BBC executives", "Licence Fee payers", "Paean to heroin"
And also, fo such a debauched lifestyle 71 is a pretty good innings isn't it? I'd take those odds.
Dacre continues to thank you for your ongoing, loyal custom.
Good to know
He reduced the Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle to tears in 2010 after he refused to let her perform Perfect Day on the America’s Got Talent TV show.
It's got Paul Anka's guarantee.
I'd forgotten how cool he was.
71 is such a tragically young age to die.
"The measure of his influence and importance dwarfs the news item, the obituary, the tribute. He is everywhere. As a kid not even in my teens, I didn’t like hippies and their endless noodling and phony optimism, so Reed was my man. (It took me a few decades to realize that “Sister Ray,” at seventeen minutes, was pretty noodly, which helped me learn to love so much of the music that I had foolishly scorned as only a young man can scorn things.) When, as a teen-ager, I decided that Reed had figured out part of what I wanted to figure out..."
"‘Metal Machine Music’ is pure, high-grade Lou Reed. An hour of screaming feedback loops and ear-fucking distortion, it’s one of those records that seems like anybody could have made it when in fact nobody on earth but Lou Reed would have actually seen it through, and even then he had to be ripped to the eyeballs on Octagell, the strongest form of pharmaceutical speed. He’s reported to have once said: “Anybody who gets to side four is dumber than I am” but that didn’t stop Lester Bangs calling it “the greatest record ever made in the history of the human eardrum.” "
They've been a bit quiet since 'Big Girl'.
it's here and is amazing.