View Full Version : Rip Lou Reed

10-27-2013, 04:36 PM
Waiting for the Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOmZimH00oo)

Heroin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffr0opfm6I4)

Perfect Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-ltDECc2bA&list=PL236CF4E5ACC99B96)

Lou Reed the Demon Producer in One Trick Pony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDRjsKcFC9g)

10-28-2013, 11:01 AM
You kinda knew that the liver thing at his age wasn't gonna be good news. Whatever you think of the man's music and his art you cannot deny what a force he was. Remember him for the stellar stuff he produced, such as the Axeman's suggestions, and not for the awful Metallica thing.

10-28-2013, 11:07 AM
Coney Island Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp-5V3PJ90E)

10-29-2013, 03:48 PM
Lou Reed was in Metallica?

10-29-2013, 03:55 PM
Lou Reed was in Metallica?

Christ...they might have been worth listening to for a couple of minutes if he had been.

10-30-2013, 11:17 AM
RIP indeed!

how did he agree to do anything with metallica anyway?!?

10-31-2013, 07:01 AM
It was the other way about

NY Fan
10-31-2013, 08:11 AM
Big influence on many (anyone see Gary's tweet?), but also amusing to read all the articles where people talk about what a jerk he was.

Proud to say that I was sneered at by Lou and Laurie Anderson too.

It was January 1996, and I was out with my wife celebrating my birthday in a downtown NYC restaurant. As we were making our way out at the end of the meal, we came face to face Lou and Laurie at the hostess' stand, waiting to be seated.

I spontaneously said, "Wow, Mr. Reed - big fan of your work." I said this quietly and respectfully, did not make a big deal or shout it.

They both just stared at me with a look of complete disgust. No response whatsoever.

RIP, Lou!

- Glenn

10-31-2013, 09:15 AM
They both just stared at me with a look of complete disgust. No response whatsoever.

Because I'll never in a million years be famous, I spend a lot of time thinking about it. And I know how much I would despise being recognized everywhere, to say nothing of being talked to by every schmoe who thinks he knows me. So on one hand, I completely understand Reed's sneering as well as his reputation for being a dick. Hell, I'm a dick already; I imagine fame and fortune would only magnify it.

Nonetheless, I think I'd be pleasant to people who acted as you did - calm, polite acknowledgement ought to be rewarded. It probably feels good to receive respectful recognition.

I suspect, though, that the scowl of disgust is a defense mechanism, because if you're nice to polite people, they might try to engage you in conversation, and damn it, you had your own plans! This can only get worse if you remain famous for decades...

And of course there are surely a ton of crazed fans who at first come off as incredibly polite...until the nuts comes out, and by then you're trapped. It's got to be unnerving.

10-31-2013, 10:02 PM
Some respect please. This is no thread to be discussing "dicks", "magnifying" and "nuts coming out".

Or, indeed, Lars Ulrich.

11-01-2013, 03:59 PM
Some respect

Oh please, Haggischomper! This is where all the dicks hang out - so Lou would be welcome!

Who needs magnification? NOT ME!

11-03-2013, 07:16 PM
Kinda fitting that he passed away on a Sunday Morning, don't you think?


I think it's safe to say that a large percentage of my music collection
probably wouldn't exist without the music and influence of Lou and the
Velvet Underground.

Got to see him perform once, at a show (http://www.citypages.com/slideshow/lou-reed-at-the-orpheum-6-12-00-40560942/) in Minneapolis 13 years ago. "Ecstasy" tour. Kinda underrated album in his catalog, IMHO.

It's always interesting to see the sudden massive interest in an artist's
work after they pass away. I wish I could see the looks on people's faces when they hear the "The Black Angel's Death Song" or "Metal Machine Music" for the very first time. :D

11-03-2013, 11:34 PM
I actually listened to Lou's solo stuff in the 1980's more than catching up with the Velvet Underground reissues. I enjoyed his lyrics and odd singing style. I ignored the Velvets forever because they were trendy with people I didn't care to associate with (silver-spoon heroin users --I lived near MCAD in Minneapolis; even Grant Hart made fun of the drug-damaged "artists" that seemed to be at so many parties).
But with so many killer V.U. influenced records like Dream Syndicate's "The Days Of Wine And Roses" who could ignore the source? You couldn't hang out with musicians or at record shops without hearing Velvets. The Gorillaz had Lou on one track on their last release a couple years ago, so I got to "explain" Lou Reed's odd vocal style to my son. I didn't bother with the Metallica thing either, it just didn't sound logical... It's sad news when anyone so influential passes and you would rather it had been Axle Rose or someone else...

[EDIT] I did get a chuckle out of this from the WIKI entry for LULU: "The recording of the album was problematic at times, with Lars Ulrich admitting at one point, Lou Reed challenged him to a "street fight" :)