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Gil T.Azell October 27 2013 07:00 PM

R.I.P. Lou Reed
 
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 G-man October 27 2013 08:33 PM

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...and on a Sunday morning, no less.

R.I.P., Lou.


:(

the G-man October 27 2013 08:44 PM

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Reed and Bowie on the Dirty Blvd.

lurok October 27 2013 08:44 PM

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Just heard this on news :(.

Transformer is one of the great rock/pop albums.

R.I.P. Mr Reed.

J.T.B. October 27 2013 08:53 PM

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Wow, that's big. I had a feeling he wasn't doing that great after his liver transplant.

Very few people have had as big an influence on rock and roll. What did Brian Eno say? Something like "The Velvet Underground's first record only sold a few thousand copies, but everybody who bought one started a band." That about says it.

Besides the great songwriting and the too-cool-to-give-a-damn monotone vocals, I love listening to him play. As a droning rhythm dynamo, combining rhythm and lead with Mike Rathke or the late great Robert Quine, or breaking out his own energetic, chaotic, idiosyncratic leads, he was an unforgettable guitarist.

You can't go far reading about Lou Reed without getting the feeling that he was a very difficult person to deal with. And he was notoriously reticent to do interviews. But the music will stand.

Melakon October 27 2013 08:55 PM

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And he said, "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side."

the G-man October 27 2013 08:59 PM

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Melakon wrote: (Post 8820277)
And he said, "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side."

Never realized until a few months ago that there was actually an official video for that song.

the G-man October 27 2013 09:15 PM

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White Light, White Heat from the Velvets

And here's the Ralph Stanley (?!) remake.

the G-man October 28 2013 12:11 AM

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In terms of Sci Fi and Fantasy, there's also the fact that Reed was one of the influences on Neil Gaiman's Sandman. This song, in fact, was "playing" in the background of one of the scenes at the serial killers convention.

the G-man October 28 2013 01:10 AM

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Lou Reed and Metallica at one of the Rock and Roll HoF concerts performing Sweet Jane.

Count Zero October 28 2013 01:30 AM

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I'm more of a Velvet Underground fan and of his early solo stuff - before he gave up on any pretense of singing and became something of a spoken word artist. ;)

While most people think of Transformer as his best solo album I find Berlin to be his master piece. I have a soft spot for concept albums, though.

I'll miss him.

JirinPanthosa October 28 2013 02:00 AM

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I'm a huge fan of Lou Reed. I'm glad I got to see him live before he died (And during his Raven tour, so a fun one). Man, that just sucks that he's gone.

Just for fun, the positions of his albums on my last all time list:
#37 The Velvet Underground & Nico
#38 White Light/White Heat
#180 Transformer
#260 New York
#266 The Velvet Underground
#346 The Blue Mask
#534 Loaded
#554 Berlin
#555 Songs For Drella

I should try to see Bob Dylan again...

the G-man October 28 2013 02:17 AM

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Count Zero wrote: (Post 8821372)
While most people think of Transformer as his best solo album I find Berlin to be his master piece. I have a soft spot for concept albums, though.

I don't know if it counts as a concept album. However, as big a fan as I am of his 70s and 60s work, and individual songs from those records, I have to say that probably New York is my favorite Lou Reed album. From the opening riff of Romeo had Juliette to the "hit single" Dirty Blvd all the way to the closing tracks, Strawman and Dime Store Mystery, there wasn't a bad song on that album.

Australis October 28 2013 02:59 AM

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Perfect Day great song.

he's flyin' away, from thr Dirty Boulevarde. He'll be much missed.

the G-man October 28 2013 03:39 AM

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Australis wrote: (Post 8821621)
Perfect Day great song.

Yep Here's the all star version from the BBC a few years ago.


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