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 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

My dad was a huge Velvet Underground and Lou Reed fan, and as such I've inherited a lot of love and music. I've never been big on VU, but I'm very partial to his solo albums. "Transformer" is an all-time great album. I'll be playing "Magic and Loss" this afternoon, one of my favorite albums as well. One of rock and roll's unique voices, and it's a shame that he's gone.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

This is gutting.

All things considered, he probably lived longer than most people would have thought. But it doesn't make his passing any less startling.

Up above, Jim D mentioned "Street Hassle". Reed has made many albums that could arguably be considered better, but that one was always my personal favorite. I have no idea why.

RIP.
frown

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Both my two biggest Lou Reed memories are connected to Simple Minds.

1. SM's version of Street Hassle, on the 1984 Sparkle In The Rain album. For the longest time, I thought this was a song Reed actually wrote for SM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY9_0oFrP10

2. Reed's "cameo vocal" on SM's This Is Your Land on the 1989 Street Fighting Years album. Appears after 2:07:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GqpAY2OBJzc#t=127

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

While I can't say his passing is a shock, exactly (in fact, that he lived as long as he did is sort of amazing), the fact of it is no less gutting. He was an incredible talent, hugely influential, and someone whose music was an integral part of my youth. Sad news.

R.I.P. Lou Reed.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I can't say I knew the name very well when all this news came up. I might recognize one or two overused songs from pop culture but I can't say I really ever listened to his music.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I can't say I knew the name very well when all this news came up. I might recognize one or two overused songs from pop culture but I can't say I really ever listened to his music.


With all due respect, to imply that any Lou Reed music has ever been, or can ever be, overused is to not comprehend his importance to popular music.

But that's the nice thing about Lou Reed's music: when one is finally ready for it... it's there.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Among rock bands that completely tanked during their years together, the Velvet Underground must be the single most influential of all of these. I'm not sure if there is another that comes within light years of their sales-to-influence ratio.

 
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