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."

6 comments:

Alastair said...

Yea one of my favourites too Steve

Factor said...

Venus In Furs is a particular favourite and a classic

Steve Gale said...

Somehow that doesn't surprise me Alastair!

Steve Gale said...

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

Tony Morris said...

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!

Steve Gale said...

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