Monday, 28 October 2013

Lou Reed

This might be a natural history blog, but I do wander off subject occasionally.

Lou Reed passed away yesterday, in the same year as Kevin Ayres and Ray Manzarek - the golden generation of the 60s and 70s are slowly leaving us.

I have long held Transformer as one of the greatest albums. If only for that, Mr Reed has my eternal thanks. I would also recommend his 1989 album New York as worthy of investigation.

He could, apparently, be a right old curmudgeon. Artistic temperament? Prima donna? Maybe a bit of both. Regardless, he was one cool dude...

Apparently, he said this:

"One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."


  1. Yea one of my favourites too Steve

  2. Venus In Furs is a particular favourite and a classic

    1. "Shiny, shiny...." My favourite Velvet's track also Neil

  3. Steve, New York Telephone Conversation is one of the best on Transformer, I love it. If you read about his childhood it explains a lot about his temperament!

  4. There isn't a duff track on that album Tony...