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Lou Reed, 1942-2013: Shut the door!

October 27th, 2013, 7:43pm by Sam Wang

The Velvet Underground was one of the first really interesting bands I listened to. They are simple, but amazing. I learned about them around 1982 in an interview with R.E.M., who revered them. Also, my house at Caltech had a rock band composed entirely of physics majors, who only did V.U. covers. This was within their skill set.

Founder Lou Reed was a monument. He had a liver transplant in May. Today the news comes that he has died. He leaves behind the equally interesting performance artist and composer Laurie Anderson, who he married in 2008.

You may know other songs. Here is one I liked quite a lot, partly because of the background chatter. Shut the door!

Update: the embedded ad is for “Weaning off Percocet.” That’s perfect.

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • Some Body

    My favourite VU song:

    (Reed’s lyrics, referencing Von Sacher-Masoch; the drone–which makes this song so interesting musically–is clearly Cale’s work, though).

  • mediaglyphic

    vicious you hit me with a flower, you do it every hour. baby you’re so vicous

  • mediaglyphic

    i remember my hall mate in the dorms playing the above song over and over. simple chords, amazing lyrics.

  • tfitznc


    You got it right! Reed was a visionary poet and a great entertainer.

    The performed songs rarely mimicked the vinyl. It was the timing, stance, and ‘attitude’ that evolved. Saw him 7 or 8 times in the at the Paradise in Boston and he never disappointed.

    The good news is that he lives on through our children. I heard my 17-year old son listening to ‘Sunday Morning’ the day he died.

  • Matt McIrvin

    I loved his incredibly angry late 80s solo album “New York.”

  • Jeremy Leader

    Ugh, now I have this urge to hear Mrs. Miller singing VU hits.

  • James

    There’re going to be people around enjoying his music for quite a while.

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