LOU REED, RIP

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  1. RexLibris says:

    wow. yeah, no words here, just really saddened to see him leave us.

  2. wheatnoil says:

    “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Lou Reed

  3. PeOiler says:

    Long ago I was 19 and working at UPEI’s campus radio station CIMN. Ideal job for a high-school drop-out who needed a space to jam, drink, take girls to, and most importantly – discover new music.

    I had been raised by my parents on little more than Sharon Lois and Bram, and sure I listened to Nirvana for awhile, but my aural experiences were surly in a sorry state.

    CIMN had a massive collection of cd’s, and somehow I was drawn to the albums that read “DO NOT PLAY ON AIR” taped across the spine. (played most of them anyway of course) All of Lou Reeds albums had this disclaimer and I poured into them.

    I owe Lou Reed a deep debt of gratitude. If not for him, I may be listening to Dream Theater right now.

    Sleep Well Lou Reed.

  4. Lowetide says:

    I discovered the Velvet Underground long after they were gone as a band, their music impacted me because of the punk rock movement. I was listening to all this new music and as always looked for the roots of the explosion. I found MC5, Velvet Underground, Love (already knew about Neil Young) and some other greats.

    Two things always struck me about Reed and Velvet Underground:

    1. How truly unique they are
    2. How little “roots” go back from them.

    Certainly they were unfluenced, but what they created was so unusual finding pre-1967 stuff that sounds like Heroin is pretty much impossible. Their first album was out 6 months before Hendrix for crying out loud.

  5. PeOiler says:

    Lowetide,

    Trailblazers for sure.

  6. Woodguy says:

    When I was 15 I thought this song would make a good one for my funeral, should I need one.

    Lou Reed: Fly into the Sun

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xedZu1LqUk

    Ignore the weird images, its a great tune.

  7. Lowetide says:

    I would have included this song (it’s my favorite Reed solo) but it wasn’t a good day for it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e9npuzxPQQ

    Also, I love this song, since the moment I heard it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeWY3kn4M6o

  8. tcho says:

    This news really made me sad. I was exposed to Lou through one of my best friends (“Gandhi,” who rarely posts, but almost always follows this blog). It was like growing up musically for me. The first album of his I remember really falling for (wanting to play almost all the time for weeks on end) was Berlin. From that album, an appropriate song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTrG9z2AWxQ

  9. "Steve Smith" says:

    Apparently this is a hoax? Unless the article to which I just linked is the real hoax – I don’t know. I usually wait for Snopes to tell me what’s what with these things.

    Edit: Upon further review, it appears that Friday‘s death report was a hoax, but that today’s is genuine. All the coloured girls could not be reached for comment.

    Another edit: Report that it was a hoax was itself a hoax.

    So he has, in fact, passed. A damned shame.

  10. Lowetide says:

    SS: Huh. Well we know it’s true

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/lou-reed-dead-at-71-1.2253579

    I hadn’t heard of this a week ago, that’s for sure.

  11. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide,

    You know, I wonder if it could be said of this site’s early days that not too many people read it, but everybody who did started a blog.

  12. bendelson says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Well done Steve Smith.

  13. "Steve Smith" says:

    bendelson,

    Fuck off, Bendelson.

  14. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Arthur Lee was pretty cool.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Arthur Lee was pretty cool.

    Yeah, he was. Lots of wonderful stuff back there that didn’t make the charts.

  16. bendelson says:

    "Steve Smith",

    I’ve got a foggy notion you’ll do that again…

  17. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I always thought Lou was a weird choice for this induction:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_McaUor0G0

    he did a good job though, makes the choice look inspired.

  18. bookje says:

    Lowetide:
    I discovered the Velvet Underground long after they were gone as a band, their music impacted me because of the punk rock movement. I was listening to all this new music and as always looked for the roots of the explosion. I found MC5, Velvet Underground, Love (already knew about Neil Young) and some other greats.

    Two things always struck me about Reed and Velvet Underground:

    1. How truly unique they are
    2. How little “roots” go back from them.

    Certainly they were unfluenced, but what they created was so unusual finding pre-1967 stuff that sounds like Heroin is pretty much impossible. Their first album was out 6 months before Hendrix for crying out loud.

    LT – exactly my thoughts. I was (am) into 70′s (and up) punk and then found ‘garage bands’ and then the Velvet Underground – amazing stuff.

  19. stevezie says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Lowetide,

    You know, I wonder if it could be said of this site’s early days that not too many people read it, but everybody who did started a blog.

    Perfect.

    I’m going to go blast Waiting For The Man.

  20. nycoil says:

    My first real exposure to Lou Reed came at a wonderful, temporary Andy Warhol exhibition at the Met Museum here in New York. One of the exhibits was a video portrait of just Reed’s face, in black and white. Another was the finale exhibit called “Silver Clouds,” and it was a magical room of yellow and pink Warhol cow print wallpaper, and silver helium balloons floating around, propelled by giant fans. They were playing the Velvet Underground on a loop and I stood in that room, fascinated by it all, for a good half hour. I walked out of the museum, got home, and went straight online to purchase an album of a live session (I mostly own CDs, but embarrassed to say I didn’t really discover Lou until the online era), and have been hooked ever since. Wonderful museum, wonderful musician and character. RIP. May you find silver puffy clouds now where you rest.

  21. Ripoux says:

    My first exposure to Velvet Underground was with an ex. She and I feel in love together one night while I was at her apartment. We had been friends and aborted lovers before (I fucked it up already once). But somehow I won back her trust. One night, we were listening to Pale Blue Eyes on repeat, and her head was on my chest as we were just chilling out on the couch. I had a huge smile plastered on my face…eventually, I realized that she had fallen asleep on me (the puddle of drool on my U of A sweatshirt was the telltale sign). That was our song, and still is. She brought Lou Reed into my life and I am grateful. She is still the one that got away :)

  22. Zipdot says:

    Strangely, I think Perfect Day WOULD be a good song to play…. Too bad I missed this news yesterday…. Dang it. Love LR and VU…

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