I quite like a lot of Lou Reed’s post-Velvets output (I find the Velvets deeply over-rated, though am aware there are other views available). What I find interesting is the free pass his edgy, reformed junkie shtick gives to behaving like an insufferable tool. Did anyone ever stand up to him and give him a lesson in humility? This article has some interesting observations. I suspect he tried to dominate his conversation with Havel, as he didn’t want to be told how important Zappa and the mothers were for independent thinkers behind the Iron Curtain. Behind an opiate curtain you don’t really give a crap about anything except you habit. Lou, then his cheerleaders Lester Bangs and Nick Kent pretty much made being “elegantly wasted” junkies hip (heroic wingman, Keith Richards, who at least laughs at himself). I hope they are proud.
I’m well into the Sounes book on Lou. It’s a great read and well researched. Most of his interviews are either with the people directly involved or, at most, once removed.
As you’d expect any interpretation on events that would paint Lou in a nasty, mean-spirited,selfish, greedy, churlish, vengeful, cruel or heartless light seem most likely to be true.
Anyway, on to Rock n Roll Animal an album that for me still sits high in the pantheon of guitar wig out albums and that much higher thanks to Lou’s mastery of basic but effective rock’n’roll beats married with clever lyrics.
Lou said he hated the album and at other times claims credit for hooking up with guitar gods Hunter and Wagner to showcase his songs. The former typically seems more likely as they were much more proficient and the band were getting all the attention and favourable comment in the reviews.
Dick Wagner did all those arrangements that turned them into “majestic coliseum-size” songs.Hunter and Wagner worked up the intro /guitar duel to Sweet Jane which would break into the classic Sweet Jane riff when drug-addled Lou decided to come onto the stage. The crowd would roar in recognition and » Continue Reading.
Was pottering about on Spotify and lo and behold the Lou Reed category has quite a few boots – or are they semi boots or are they now official releases. A cracker of a concert from 72 with the Tots previewing some of his new songs off Transformer and a jazzy 1976 show with the unmistakable bass of Fernando Saunders are just 2 choice selections.
Is this the case with a lot of artists?
I’d trust her more than Victor Bockris….or Lou.