Search And Destroy: Lou Reed

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Another thread we used to get great play from on a.m.a. was "Search And Destroy". The idea being that you would take a band or artist of some general repute, and suggest the one record (or track or whatever) that interested parties should SEARCH for, and the one that you would like to see DESTROYed. Geddit? Anyway, Uncle Lou, over to you.

Tom, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I'll have to cheat on the search part: search for the first two Velvets albums (yeah I know obvious). Destroy: all his solo albums. All of them, master? All of mercy!

Omar, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: Live in Italy Destroy: "Hot Hips"

Sterling Clover, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: The one where he tried to reconcile heavy metal and polymer chemistry (and, accordingly, shut his damn mouth and let technology do all the work)...Micro Machine Molybdenum (A Tribute to David Bowie's Asshole!), I think it was called...

Destroy: "His next one" has generally proven to be the correct answer.

Kris P., Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Oh come on, there were a couple of good songs on "Ecstasy". But in your heart, you know it's just... shite. I'd be curious to know what you all think of Metal Machine Music. I haven't heard it, but the other pure noise stuff I've heard (Merzbow, Borbetomagus etc.) can be surprisingly interesting.

Search: White Light, White Heat(!) Destroy: New York. Eeesh.

Dave M., Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: The transcriptions of Lester Bangs' conversations with Reed in his essay collection. That's the funniest Lou has ever been, if they're accurate.

Bonus Search: I'm always on the lookout for a vinyl copy of Metal Machine Music, naturally.

Destroy: The live album _Take No Prisoners_ is also very funny, but only the first time through. After that's it's extremely annoying.

Mark Richardson, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I just need to drive in how very very bad "Hot Hips" is. Created for the soundtrack of the 1985 film, "Perfect" (featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta) right in the middle of Lou's hideous Mistrial period (that being the album I would destroy) it features a terrible guitar riff looping while Lou intones "hey hey, hit hit, baby don't you ever stop with those hot hips" over and over and... ick. I have this as a 12" single. "Disco Mystic" at least has a nice guitar workout beneath the dreck.

As for "Live in Italy" this is simply Lou's best live album, featuring the classic Quine/Saunders/Maher lineup.

Sterling Clover, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Judging by his performance last May at the Albert Hall, any tickets for upcoming performances. I was young (well, 17), impressionable, thought that maybe he might still be some good. how sadly wrong I was. 2 and a half hours of extreme boredom as lou plays, without saying a word, accompanied by a hideously wanky (is that actually a word?) session band thing. and the audience: Oh! Middle aged, office workers...when they clapped a 10 MINUTE GUITAR SOLO I almost had a heart attack. Then, they stood up and clapped along during the encore. However, it must be said that the version of Sweet Jane he played was passable.

Never trust anyone who might be definable as a 'hero'...


Bill, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: Live at Alice Tully Hall (bootleg)

Destroy: My Love is Chemical (not as bad as hot hips, but it was already taken)

JM, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Word Bill! I had exactly the same experience with Lou live some years ago. Somebody gave me a free ticket, so hey let's check out the old Rawk Legend who used to be somebody play in a respectable theater for Real Art...did the motherfucker almost bore me to death with his muso- band and his shite "the first half we're going to play the whole 'Magic & Loss album live". Oohh the wretched sight of middle aged arseholes going mental when he finally played "Sweet Jane".

Omar, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

SEARCH: Someone once taped me Lou's "I'm-quitting-smack-no-really-I- mean-it-this-time" opus, 'Legendary Hearts', and it's really pretty good. DESTROY: Everything from the mullet years?

stevie troussé, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

First, "My Love is Chemical" is, I think, on the whole, decent. Lou of course delivers nothing but the vocals, but at least the funk is approaching real, which is more than most of Lou's wannabe funk stuff. Almost has that "Nowhere at all" feel to it. Also may I take this occasion to note that "Growing Up in Public" is Lou's most underrated album, featuring orchestration to rival "Berlin" and featuring classic smart/dumb reed humor.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

_metal machine music_ is average feedback drone, maybe a 6 out of 10. not nearly as bad as its detractors claim (it does have some nice textures and the locked groove at the end is cool) but too long and too shrill with no major sonic revelations and no attention seemingly paid to large-scale structure. still, i thought it, or at least side c, was pretty impressive when i was 18 and i'd probably still take it over what i've heard of the rest of lou reed's solo work.

sundar subramanian, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Stevie, you silly thing. 'The Mullet Years' include NEW YORK!!! You'd better not destroy that!

the pinefox, Wednesday, 28 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Listen up pOnks. The majority of Reeds solo output is fantastic. The First album, Berlin, Blue Mask, The Bells, New Sensations.

Metal Machine Music was a total Fuck you to the record company, critics and consumers. Rock N Roll suicide. He believed his best work (Berlin) was overlooked while his worst was popular. So to get revenge he decided to make an album truly bad. The concept, cover and joke deserve a 10 out of 10. "My week beats your year." - classic.

Even at his worst (Mistrial), he had a great video of a robot tearing off the latex "flesh" from its face. Magic and Loss can strain one patience but there are truly beautiful moments on that album. Also not a big fan of Growing up in Public, Legendary Hearts, Rock N Roll Heart.

Disco Mystic off of the Bells is great. you can laugh and get down at the same time.

Cash Lone, Sunday, 25 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Search: Take No Prisoners, by far the greatest live album of all time by any artist. It has it all, comedy, drama, farce, brilliant musicianship (see the intro to "I wanna Be Black" Destroy: My head says destroy nothing... but my heart says destroy "Magic and Loss", the most self-indulgent of Reed's works, IMHO. Of course, it was a great way to kill the commercial success he enjoyed following "New York"

BTW, Ecstacy is BRILLIANT... cover to cover... It should be the Number One record of the decade.

Brian Shields, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Since I'm about to pass out (sleep dep. not drink/drugs, thank you) I'll keep it short and sweet :


Oh, almost fell asleep with just that :


Anyways...'Berlin' is (in my humble opinion) easily one of Lou's greatest achievements. Side two (in particular) is truly near flawless. And that in and of itself deserves attention from any serious rock/pop music listeners ears.

michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"truly near flawless": what mean? (what's a FLAW to you?) .
"that in and of itself deserves attention": why? What if we like flawed things? What if rock is ABOUT flaws?
PS I like Berlin too. But I want to know your REAL reasons, not your ad copy reasons...

mark s, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Ad copy"? "What mean?"

Those ARE my "true" reasons. As I stated, I was beyond tired and kept it short and sweet (as opposed to my near rants in previous posts). Anyways, "near flawless" is to mean whatever it means to each and every individual, obviously. What is a "flaw" to me may not be to you (and vice versa), of course.

Anyways, in this particular case (Lou Reed 'Berlin'): "near flawless" would mean (to me, of course) the fact that Lou was able to put on wax (record) the entire second side (other than the final track) in a near (seeing as everything has flaws, regardless of ones individual definition, nothing is perfect - doesn't exist, not in my mind anyways) flawless manner. The expressions sought (or seemingly sought - since you're clearly one for games of silly semantics) after on side two are expressed as well as I (the listener) could have hoped for them to be expressed. Which I (personally, of course) can not say the same for side one (which is riddled with flaws, in my opinion).

Hope that helps. If not, don't expect another reprise.

Now, it's only fair that YOU (sir) further elaborate on your VERY scantily written response to the original question: Search and Destroy-Lou Reed (of course, I chose to focus my response on 'Berlin' don't have to, though - in case you were not aware of this).

*By the way, rock (along with anything/everything else in life) isn't MEANT to be "flawed" nor "flawless". It is whatever the individual views it to be (reality is...that there isn't a concrete reality - dig?).

*Also, a part of Lou's appeal IS that he and his music, etc, are "flawed" (opinion depending of course, Mr. that Mr. Grainofsalt).

michael g. breece, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Hope this helps" - it doesn't help me. Not that it has to, but anyway. The "expressions sought after" - yes but what are they? Or what do you think they are? I mean if there's one rocker who's probably made it very clear what 'expressions' they've been after on any given record it's probably Lou Reed, but I've not read any of what LR has to say so maybe you can elucidate.

I don't get much out of "Berlin" - it's got my favourite LR song on though ("Sad Song") which seems to crystallise the exhaustion and frustration of the rest of the record nicely, and move beyond the squalid specifics of the rest of the album (which are OK in a short- story way but don't move me) to something more universal. But I'm a sucker for the universal.

Tom, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

First off, I should (here it is) give a semi-apology to Mark for that somewhat "bitchy" response I just gave. It's just I tend to have a bit of a "thing" for when folks focus on semantics, is all. So, that response probably came off a bit more rough than maybe it should have. Just one of those personal "things" (for me - we all have some of those personal "things/issues/whatever" lurking about, you know that seem irrational to those who don't have the same "thing" lurking, etc).


michael g. breece, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not one to worry about/read what the artists themselves have to say about their own work (just one of those things that I, personally, don't believe in - having art dictated to me, even by the artists themselves). So, I certainly can't touch upon what Lou might have wished expressed via 'Berlin'.

However, from what I gather and/or feel: Side two (again, I'll just stick with the half that I, personally, prefer) is just complete and utter despair and helplessness (which you've, I'm sure, already figured out). From the fact that violence can no longer control the situation nor can drugs on "Caroline Says II" to having kids being taken away to his loss of control of his gal in "The Kids" to the suicide in "The Bed" to the final cut "Sad Song" ending (appropriately, though this is my least favorite of the second side, it's still a fine track) with the male lead of the album dealing with his over-all "railroading" (or his dealing with the truth of his gal not measuring up to his wants/needs/wishes/whatever) - which probably means that he, himself, is simply not facing the facts about himself (Lou?).

Just a life (lives, actually) completely and utterly spun (not spinning, but already spun) out of any semblance of control. Which some of us (unfortunately) can relate to, on some level, such depths of darkness or human suffering. Which is what I meant by "near flawless expression". To/for me, side two just hits the deepest-darkness moments in life right on the head (bullseye) - as far as the expression or feeling. Albeit ULTRA dark moments (which, luckily, most of us have to take in a more abstract sense in order to relate to).

But, yea...see I'm just the opposite of you - I very much prefer the short story details (whether in song or literature, etc). Regardless of how downright unbearable they may be (such is the case on side two, in particular).

Well, I know that my galfriend can't freakin stand the album. She just couldn't take the amount of hatred and misery she felt from it. Which I find somewhat liberating in some odd (maybe even perverse) way.

michael g. breece, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Er, semantics wd seem to be yr bag/ projection/obsession, MGB: I just wanted some specifics. Like a specific reason you like it which might (eg) risk causing someone else to hate it: "flawless" is "ad copy" cuz everyone can get with it. Everything's "flawless" if you just define flawless to mean what this or that given individual considers flawless: which wd mean every record that ANYONE considers flawless (acc.their def.) "deserves attention from any serious rock/pop music listener's ears". Why so evasive/defensive?

I tht I did Reed already: can't find it here, musta been on another thread.
SO: metal machine music = ok by me; the rest = ok by me, but I wouldn't agitate to impede their destruction by Xtian fundie vinyl- pyre.

Don't stop digging through these ancient threads!! Don't even slow down!! I wuv to see what piffle I wuz dropping back in the day (= May).

mark s, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You're right - hence the apology, Mark. After re-reading what I had sent in response, I saw that I was being more defensive than I should've been. As I stated previously, I've have some "issues" with the matter of semantics - so, that is why I perceived your original response, to be a matter semantics. Whereas now, I can see your point-of-view more clearly (in that you were just wanting further elaboration). See, that is the funny thing about "issues"...they get in the way of seeing something as clearly as one should. Which is why they are referred to as "issues". Needless to say, I'm not much on socializing (have the proverbial "chip on the old shoulder" more than I should). But, I'm trying. Thanks, though, for pointing that out.

michael g. breece, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Live - Take No Prisoners. The funniest and liveliest live album I know, someone said it before.

Studio - Magic & Loss. Lou doesn't lose his humour on this one. Very, very touching lyrics. For the subject adequate minimal low-key instrumentation.

N.B. I guess this was the first S&D. Rather short I think. Btw I just found out (but you probably all know) that "Search & Destroy" was a song on "Raw Power" by The Stooges.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 14:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

also totally excellent film starring griffin dunne

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 14:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Coney Island Baby, Berlin
Destroy: except for a few lifted tracks (like "Dirt" from Street Hassle, "Viscious Circle" from Rock and Roll Heart, "Nobody But You" from Songs for Drella, etc.), just about everything else.

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 15:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I won't touch most of the stuff already mentioned (I dig parts of Magic And Loss and Songs For Drella, Hot Hips, little else) but I got a give shout out to this one.

Destroy: The Bells. Not only is his voice incredibly wavery and flatulent on this one. I dare anyone to truly "get down" to "Disco Mystic". Unless they meant suffer immediate depression.

Oh, and if you really wanna Search, just get the box set. A listenable survey of a chap I'm too young and too unworshipping of NYC to appreciate beyond those sweet, sweet Velvets.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 16:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Transformer, and actually a lot of his stuff is pretty good...

Tripple destroy: Metal Machine Music.

David Allen, Tuesday, 19 November 2002 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

C'mon, search: Street Hassle (one of the best songs ever!)
also search: Songs for Drella, Transformer, Some of those other 70s ones.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 19 November 2002 23:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

MMM is a lot better than I gave it credit for on Feb 4, 2001.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Monday, 25 November 2002 22:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

me need this on vinyl.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 25 November 2002 22:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

me need this on vinyl.

$25 at the Django's in Portland, Oregon a few weeks ago.

hstencil, Monday, 25 November 2002 22:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You need Berlin, Blue Mask, Magic and Loss and MMM. But then, I like the horribly sad, tragicicicic Lou Reed. You may prefer his more glammy/hard rockin' type stuff.

You, of course, need the 4 VU studio albums and Live: 1969.

All of his live albums that I've heard are pretty desolate.

Ian Johnson (orion), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 04:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
haha, was this thread the genesis of "search and destroy" on ilm?

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 21 March 2003 22:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Is modern-day Lou any good live? He's gonna be in Phoenix next month and I was wondering if it's worth making a two hour drive to see him.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Friday, 9 May 2003 05:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Lou Reed, Blue Mask, Live In Italy, Berlin, New York
Destroy: The Bells, Rock & Roll Heart
Good, but overrated: Transformer, Rock & Roll animal
Good, and underrated: Growing Up In Public, Legendary Hearts

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Friday, 9 May 2003 12:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
His new Best Of has "I Wanna Be Black" on it! Classic!

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Friday, 6 June 2003 16:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
I heard a chunk of New York a couple days a go in a cab. What crap. Oh, he's a poet. Alright.

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 5 June 2004 15:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
was really diggin lou's acoustic guitar parts on Berlin yesterday afternoon. the lyrics are so dismal, i didnt pay much attention to them (even though yeah-im a sucka for the short story details)

horrible album art i'm afraid

kephm (kephm), Monday, 11 October 2004 13:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Search: Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, Live in Paris

Basically any albums with fretless bassist Fernando Saunders are great. His '80s and '90s work is overlooked.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A few people mentioned the live album Take No Prisoners. I find it's not so well known, but fans should check it out. It has some totally transcendant moments: the looong ending to Coney Island Baby; the guitar break in Satellite of Love; the killer bass riffing in Street Hassle.

todd (todd), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 00:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Take No Prisoners is excellent, especially when he completely loses his shit during "Walk on the Wild Side."

I discovered Lou through "New York," so that will probably always be my favorite solo album. After that, probably Berlin, Transformer, and this "Master Class" bootleg (with Little Jimmy Scott) that I really need to Torrent one of these days.

subgenius (subgenius), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 06:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Search: any Lou album containing the word "alright"
Destroy: yourself with scotch, cynicism, meth & tai chi.

Delmore Schwartz, Wednesday, 24 May 2006 01:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

dude are you nuts, "What are you, a fucking asshole?" is one of the all-time great interview answers

J0hn D., Tuesday, 10 June 2008 20:32 (ten years ago) Permalink


Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 23:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

classic asshole

deeznuts, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 00:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

lou reed, a real classhole

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

but seriously, J0hn D, you should def. try to work "What are you, a fucking asshole?" into any future interviews you do.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 00:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

hang on to that emotion!
yeah, was listening to set the twilight for the first time in a while last week, was digging the guitar sound.

tylerw, Friday, 2 October 2015 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Haha I will. Guitar sound is great on that album and Lou seems really confident in his playing too.

niels, Friday, 2 October 2015 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

good lord

piscesx, Saturday, 10 October 2015 14:55 (two years ago) Permalink

“Ah, I needed something to rhyme with train. So I had to take poetic license.”


Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

"Ah, I needed to be a complete prick to my sister and her husband. So I had to take poetic license."

"Tell them I'm in a meeting purlease" (snoball), Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Not that Lou wasn't a prick, but Sounes' Dylan bio is terrible. I'm waiting for the Will Hermes Lou bio for the definitive take.

tylerw, Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Is any of this really a surprise

Οὖτις, Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink


I haven't even read the linked article but even the "nice" songwriter of the velvets was kind of a monster

(emphasis mine) (wins), Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:23 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean I love john cale and I can't for the life of me find my (signed!) copy of his book, and I mentioned this in some velvets thread or other to such little response/corroboration that I feel almost gaslighted, but I swear he flatly describes an incident as horrific as shithead racist nico's assault on a black woman

(emphasis mine) (wins), Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Along with her own work, she has a legacy to tend: 800 hours of Mr. Reed’s old recordings, which she wants to make available online, as well as unpublished plays and photographs. “You learn so much about people when they’re gone, when their life is complete. I’ve just realized, too, that Lou was in the process of becoming an ancestor from being a person,” she said.

“As a human companion he’s gone, and that I really miss,” she said. “That was a conversation that was nonstop for 21 years. But then, I think, don’t be so selfish. Things end, and that’s how it is.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

800 hours!

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:08 (two years ago) Permalink

haha, yeah... i wonder if that was just like Laurie's way of saying "there's a lot!" or if it is literally 800 hours.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

And all of it is Live: Take No Prisoners outtakes. He riffs on Christgau for seventeen straight hours.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:16 (two years ago) Permalink

would buy
i've said it before, but i'd love a complete take no prisoners box set, with every note played, a la miles' live at the plugged nickel

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Rumor has it there is a 2-week version of Like a Possum in the archives.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:23 (two years ago) Permalink

799 hrs are metallica riffs from lulu

nomar, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

but i'd love a complete take no prisoners box set

this is a v v niche item but fuck yes

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink

would be a lot -- i think they taped like a whole week of two-sets-a-night shows, but i'd be down.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

40 minutes of "is that annoying?"

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

"Is That Annoying?". That's the title of the boxset right there.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Godfrey Diamond, Reed’s producer on Coney Island Baby, remembers an exchange late in his career. “Lou, all I want you to do is give me another ‘Sweet Jane’. You’re the master of writing songs about people,” Diamond remembered. “He looks at me and goes, ‘Godfrey, I try to write ‘Sweet Jane’ every day,’ in this deep, awful, mean, aggravated, upset voice. Clearly, that wasn’t the thing to say.”

Well, duh?

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

haha "all i want you to do..." -- genius production advice.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:50 (two years ago) Permalink

"Sweet Jane" everyday

can't help hearing this in the voice of Nate Dogg singing "Smoke weed every day"

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:38 (two years ago) Permalink

it is weird to me that people who've been listening to and loving lou for as long as I have...don't feel like they kinda have enough

like, at the peak of my fanhood, thirty years ago, I hungrily gobbled up every bootleg I could find, had whole shows from that Bottom Line residency, etc, but...idk not trying to insult anybody but how does this dude's stuff not wear thin for those of who, like me, first got into it like 30+ years ago?

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:14 (two years ago) Permalink

oh here we go

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:15 (two years ago) Permalink

ha, it's cool if it's wearing thin for you ... but i'm at around 25 years of heavy lou listening and i still enjoy hearing different stuff.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Lou's mercurial and combative nature are endlessly fascinating, his work is full of strange turns and almost non-sequitur digressions. He's a bit like Dylan in that respect, that combination of mystery and unpredictability. And a willingness (actually more like a stubborn insistence) to fail publicly and spectacularly, there's risk-taking in his work - and that's always interesting to grapple with and untangle.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

agreed. his failures are sometimes as interesting as his successes.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:29 (two years ago) Permalink

I've been bored of the first VU album for years, possibly even decades, but could merrily listen to "Growing Up in Public" right now, if I had the facility to do so at hand. Figure that one out.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:39 (two years ago) Permalink

say what you like about the quality of Lou's total output, he sure didn't do the same thing over and over

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

This looks like it could be great

The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, Saturday, July 30
To Highlight this Summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

Curated and Produced by Laurie Anderson and Hal Willner, Celebration Includes Concerts, Films, a Sound Installation, Readings, and Other Events Across Lincoln Center’s Campus Culminating in
Damrosch Park Concert and Screening of the Film Berlin Directed by Julian Schnabel
All Free and Open to the Public

NEW YORK, NY (April 8, 2016)— Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York City’s longest-running, free, outdoor summer festival, will celebrate the work and legacy of legendary musician and consummate New Yorker Lou Reed with a full day of free events on Saturday, July 30, encompassing a wide range of his interests and creative output. The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed is named for Reed’s iconic song “The Bells.”

Curated by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and longtime producer Hal Willner, the day begins in the morning with group Tai Chi led by Reed’s teacher Master Ren Guangyi that is open to all (beginners welcome) on Josie Robertson Plaza and culminates in Damrosch Park with Lou Reed’s Love Songs, an evening concert featuring performances by a raft of artists across a range of music genres. The concert will be followed by a screening in the park of Julian Schnabel’s acclaimed 2008 film Berlin which captured Reed’s live, 2006 concert performances of the 1976 album of the same name.

In between is a wide array of events, including:

A sound installation Lou Reed: Drones created from six of Reed’s guitars and amps in a feedback loop to produce an
immersive sound environment

Screenings of films and documentaries at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

A demonstration by Tai Chi Master Ren Guangyi, to include his martial arts students

Readings from Reed’s collected lyrics by notable actors and artists

Afternoon musical performances

All-day marathon playing of Reed’s recordings

More information about participating artists, venues, event starting times, and other details will be announced at a later date. Watch for the May 4 announcement of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors schedule, featuring concerts and events from July 20?August 13. Visit

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson frequently attended Lincoln Center events and also performed here—separately and together—on several occasions. In November 2013, the only public event marking Lou Reed’s death—organized by family and friends—took place outdoors on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza. There was no ceremony. No speeches. Just Reed’s music—selections of recordings spanning the last 45 years, from his Velvet Underground years, to his solo career—playing on loudspeakers for a gathering of several hundred people, alerted by a posting on his Facebook page. It was, as reported in the New Yorker, a “public memorial that celebrated Reed by filling the whole complex with his music, like church bells ringing in a town square.”

Now, for “The Bells,” musical collaborators and other artists gather to give voice to the singular legacy of the rock musician, cofounder with Andy Warhol of The Velvet Underground, progenitor of glam, punk, indie, new wave, and noise rock, poet, and activist who left an indelible mark on the music of the past 50 years and on the city that he called home.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 April 2016 15:07 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Reviving as a reminder of that event---which reminds me that The Bells still seems like an undercelebrated album---not among albs as panel subjects here, for inst.----however!!! (more details than early announcement):

dow, Friday, 29 July 2016 16:23 (one year ago) Permalink

So far so good!!

dow, Saturday, 30 July 2016 17:43 (one year ago) Permalink

So of course now there's buffering

dow, Saturday, 30 July 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

"This live event has ended but you may continue watching in DVR mode as long as you please."

dow, Saturday, 30 July 2016 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Part 2 tomorrow? Hope so.

dow, Saturday, 30 July 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Okay, here's some more live--"Jesus" at the moment---and video:

dow, Sunday, 31 July 2016 00:59 (one year ago) Permalink

this is so good

woke-ing class zero (s.clover), Sunday, 31 July 2016 02:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Disco Mystic!!!!

Οὖτις, Sunday, 31 July 2016 03:00 (one year ago) Permalink

second set way better than the first imho -- leans less heavily on velvets material, covers later albums more thoroughly.

woke-ing class zero (s.clover), Sunday, 31 July 2016 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Evening (second ) set was billed as ballads, while afternoon first set was billed as rock and roll. I was in NY visiting and caught some of the afternoon first set (couldn't make evening one)--fun seeing Renaldo and Shelley from Sonic Youth with Yo La Tengo folks up there together; I liked Lenny Kaye's tribute to Lou and to Sandy Pearlman--"I'm Set Free"... David Johansen was ok; part of Bush Tetras doing "Run, Run, Run," Don Fleming leading band through some bootleg track. Paul Simon's son Harper was not that impressive. Maria Muldaur's daughter Jenni was alright.

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 August 2016 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Also caught a few minutes of this-- A sound installation Lou Reed: Drones created from six of Reed’s guitars and amps in a feedback loop to produce an
immersive sound environment

enjoyable for a few minutes but after that I had enough

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 August 2016 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

11:30 am to 2 or whatever first set didn't have that big of an audience. Sky was gloomy and it rained a bit plus I guess 20 & 30 somethings not that into the old folks paying tribute to Lou I guess?

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 August 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Should be some posted here and there, now and then. I'd say look for xpost "Disco Mystic", esp. with the dayglo rainbow chorus line, chanting, "Di-isco, Dis-co Mystic", with various degrees of urgency, always firm about it---she's pointing at yew, citizen. Sax less prominent than original track, but ruggedly handsome guitar strata.
Yes, Lenny Kaye delivered, especially "Rock N Roll", with all hands on deck, incl. Laurie with the glancing bow. Her inflections and timing were perfect in "Andy's Dream." Ditto the man and woman reading transcript of a Lou interview from an Australian tour.
Also liked somebody reading "The Rock Minuet", if that's the title, and several other performers performing things I didn't recognize, which is good; as s.clover indicates, shouldn't just be the most obvious, VU etc. choices. Missed a lot, though; I'll have to look around.

dow, Monday, 1 August 2016 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd say look for xpost "Disco Mystic", esp. with the dayglo rainbow chorus line, chanting, "Di-isco, Dis-co Mystic", with various degrees of urgency, always firm about it---she's pointing at yew, citizen.

so bummed this hasn't gotten onto youtube yet cuz I really want my wife to see it, she would love it

Οὖτις, Monday, 1 August 2016 20:41 (one year ago) Permalink

looked like a fun event! i bet there'll be rips of everything sooner or later ...

tylerw, Monday, 1 August 2016 21:05 (one year ago) Permalink


The Lincoln Center security guards sure looked confused by the Disco Mystic dancers in their see-through but brightly colored outfits

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 August 2016 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

here's some of it---no time to watch yet, although I saw some of "Sister Ray" this weekend (didn't seem that hot, though I came in toward the end). Looks like a decent selection, though some are excerpts (and one's already been removed, or did it just stop functioning):

dow, Monday, 1 August 2016 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Lou's Spotify playlists are kinda cool

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:11 (one year ago) Permalink

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.