I’m so free: RIP Lou Reed

Perfect day: Lou Reed is set free.

Everyone had their essential Lou Reed. Whether it was a Velvet Underground record, a solo track, or a collaborative piece, there was a musical treat for everyone created by the rock’n’roll poet.
The world lost its avant-garde art rock king this weekend when Reed died on Sunday at age 71. He’s survived by his wife and sometime creative partner, the brilliant experimental musician Laurie Anderson.

Personally, my entryway to Reed was through Transformer (RCA, 1972), a (ahem) transformative solo record that bridged the gap in my teenage mind between punk and rock, between wild freedom and thoughtful indulgence, between Velvet Underground and Reed’s future.

I still remember buying the vinyl version at Record Surplus in LA, driving down sun-bleached highways and returning home to suburbia to put the needle on moody, moving “Perfect Day,” hit “Walk on the Wild Side,” and liberating “I’m So Free.” I probably wept that first time I listened to it on vinyl, as I have many times since, as I did hearing the news yesterday of his passing.

We all mourn in different ways, but musicians do it with tributes. And a great many artists were inspired by the work of Reed over the decades. Last night, My Morning Jacket covered VU’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin” with Neil Young, Elvis Costello, and Jenny Lewis at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

OK, and here’s a few older Reed videos to check out:

RIP Lou Reed (1942-2013)


Cecil's got his new piece
He cocks it shoots it between three and four
He aims it at the sailor
Shoots him down dead on the floor
Oh you shouldn't do that
Don't you know you'll stain the carpet
Now don't you know you'll stain the carpet
And by the way have you got a dollar
On no man I haven't got the time-time
To busy sucking on a ding-dong
She's busy sucking on my ding-dong
Oh she does just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
I said c-c-c-couldn't hit it sideways
I said c-c-c-c-c-c-couldn't hit it sideways
Ah do it do it just su-su-su-suck
That's ju-ju-just excellente

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

Tell the truth?

I never got Lou Reed.

I don't care if he's dead.

Posted by pete moss on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

and not be an asshole?

thanks in advance

Posted by vlkj on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

No problem, Johnny.

But it would be great if somebody could explain why Lou Reed mattered.

Posted by pete moss on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

the quick answer is that lou reed and the velvet underground had a profound impact on both music, and 20th-21st century art in general, that was even more influential than the beatles

just do a web search on both lou and the underground, and read for a while

Posted by vkdjg on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

I don't recall the real pete moss being so callous and clueless. Comes off like "anon"; no?

Lou Reed will live on in our hearts and minds through his music: for instance, the song he credited as his best, Candy Says.

I have no idea how he figured out that chord progression, but it is brilliant and unconventional; suits his lyrics.

Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 29, 2013 @ 9:07 am

some issues.

Some might attribute that to his "alternative" living arrangements, but naturally I would never suggest that . .

Posted by anon on Oct. 29, 2013 @ 9:25 am

And curtains laced with diamonds dear for you
And all the Roman Noblemen for you
And kingdom's Christian Soldiers dear for you
And melting ice cap mountain tops for you
And knights in flamming silver robes for you
And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you
Swoop, Swoop
oh baby,
Rock Rock
Swoop, Swoop, Rock, Rock

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

Lou Reed represents the moment in space/time right before the Big Bang where all energy and matter was confined to a single point.

When the VU released their first record, that represented the Big Bang where alternative/underground/punk/glam/queer differentiated from the primordial mass of Rock and Roll.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

A new record for Boomer narcissism

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

Yer paid to be posting on a website that you hate attacking people who you hate and you're making judgments on narcissism?

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 7:23 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

Who told you about the Guest posting scholarship?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

Ron Conway's TED talk, he mentioned it.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

Didn't think so.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2013 @ 6:43 am

Closing in on death for 71 years.

Posted by Chromefields on Oct. 29, 2013 @ 6:31 am

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