the best song lou reed Never wrote

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list the best & worst Velvet Underground & Lou rip-offs, hommages and swipes here.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 19 November 2004 14:29 (fourteen years ago) link

forget it, it's done like dinner
Best Non-VU Velvet Underground Songs

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 19 November 2004 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

ah but he said "Lou Reed".

Best: Forest Fire.#, Lloyd Cold and the commotions.

(mistype, kept it hah)

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 November 2004 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

As I said on the old thread:

Bob Dylan-"Foot of Pride"

Doobie Keebler (Charles McCain), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Prince: The Cross (granted it's "It's alright (the way that you live)")

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Other thread has Dream Syndicate, but not my particular song pick-"Until Lately," which starts, I believe with the words

There's a chain of being
In my neighborhood
And most of the attention
Is paid to lower things-
Until lately.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Jane's Addiction - "Jane Says"

o. nate (onate), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Pretty much everything that Knox of The Vibrators has ever written.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Simon & Garfunkle - Blessed

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Lloyd Cole - "Brand New Friend"

Burr (Burr), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

which reminds me of matthew sweet's "girl friend"

which in turn reminds me of lenny kravitz's "mr cab driver"

both kind of hanna barbera versions of "waiting for the man"

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 19 November 2004 15:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Simply Saucer, "Electro Rock"

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:11 (fourteen years ago) link

The Feelies, "Only Life" (Probably mentioned on other thread, too.)

Nemo (JND), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:22 (fourteen years ago) link

There are loads of recent Gorky's songs that sound like the S/T album.

dog latin (dog latin), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Spacemen 3 - "Ode to Street Hassle"

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:35 (fourteen years ago) link

The Fall - "New Face in Hell"

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Throbbing Gristle - "Very Friendly"

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:37 (fourteen years ago) link

How about

Margaret Says - The Vulgar Boatmen

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 19 November 2004 17:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, I wouldn't call 'em the "best" but you could pretty much cherry-pick the Luna catalog.


Hector Savage, Friday, 19 November 2004 17:59 (fourteen years ago) link

England's Glory (Peter Perrit's old band before he formed the Only Ones)

Also, Pavement's entire career to thread.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 19 November 2004 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Good call on both, Mr. Snrub! I was thinking of putting something from the Only Ones themselves, but they didn't quite make it.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 19 November 2004 18:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Mike Rep and the Quotas "Heroes and Idols"

Garibaldianne (Garibaldianne), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Half of the art-punk bands from Northern Ohio in the late '70s/ early '80s (Mirrors, Styrenes, Rocket from the Tombs, Human Switchboard) have better Lou Reed/Velvet Underground rips than anything mentioned on this thread (sorry, don't have time to check the other thread that Fritz linked to). As do some later Northern Ohio bands like Death of Samantha and Prisonshake and Vertical Slit/V3 (and maybe Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and Cobra Verde), and some other bands like the Girls (from Boston) who merely *sounded* like they could have come from Northern Ohio. Somewhere way down below them would be a number of New Zealand/Flying Nun bands from the mid to late '80s. Beyond that, perhaps a few tracks mentioned above might make sense.

chuck, Friday, 19 November 2004 20:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay, just checked the other thread, and yeah, I'd forgotten about "Queen Bitch," which may well deserve first place in this race, and "Rainy Day Sunshine Girl," which'd place ahead of most New Zealand stuff if not most Cleveland and Akron stuff. (Dream Syndicate get an asterisk; they qualify mainly if you pay more attention to Karl Precoda than the Steve Wynn, which might not be copacetic.)

chuck, Friday, 19 November 2004 20:53 (fourteen years ago) link

(Those Vulgar Boatmen/Fall/Feelies tracks above are real good, though; I'm not denying that. And yeah, okay, maybe a few of them would indeed rank ahead of the Verlaines or Chills or Cannanes (Australia not NZ I guess) or whoever, so never mind.)

chuck, Friday, 19 November 2004 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Anyway, you people REALLY need to check out "Refrigerator Door" by Human Switchboard and "Shirley" by the Mirrors and "Amphetamine" by Death of Samantha or "Sylvia Plath" by Peter Laughner (or Death of Samantha's cover of that one) regardless, if you've never heard them. I guarantee you'll see what I mean about Ohio.

chuck, Friday, 19 November 2004 21:00 (fourteen years ago) link

The Real Kids - "Just Like Darts" for VU ballad-style. Check that rhythm guitar.

nickn (nickn), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Which I mentioned in the previous thread.

nickn (nickn), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I just listened to that Real Kids song, and you are right. I never noticed before as the vocals as so different, but that guitar line, sheesh, totally . . .

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Saturday, 20 November 2004 00:34 (fourteen years ago) link

are so different, I meant to say

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:01 (fourteen years ago) link

David Bowie - Queen Bitch

beaty (beaty), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:13 (fourteen years ago) link

beaty, I'll see you and raise with

David Bowie - Andy Warhol

(not for sounding like Lou, but for being the best song about Andy Warhol)

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Acquisition told me Crimson And Clover was VU.

Acme (acme), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:37 (fourteen years ago) link

But then it told my mate Juan it was Simon & Garfunkel.

Acme (acme), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:38 (fourteen years ago) link

xxpost myself:
I want to add one more in the same vein

All The Young Dudes

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 20 November 2004 02:22 (fourteen years ago) link

nobody said Galaxie 500/Luna?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 20 November 2004 08:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Modern Lovers - She Cracked

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Sunday, 21 November 2004 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Somebody did say Luna but nobody said Bedhead/New Year?

asseenontv (j22433), Sunday, 21 November 2004 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

six years pass...

kind of feel like Clinic and maybe Les Rallizes Denudes shoulda been mentioned itt

music loves drugs (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:46 (eight years ago) link

Encyclo-pediate by the great 90s band Sammy

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:47 (eight years ago) link

In his list of Velvets worshiping art-punk, Chuck forgot to mention the Bizarros. Their first album has that back room Velvets rehearsal room vibe down cold.

leavethecapital, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:26 (eight years ago) link

Slapp Happy, Blue Flower

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:10 (eight years ago) link

Every single Strokes song sounds like "Coney Island Steeplechase."

thirdalternative, Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:11 (eight years ago) link

Kevin Ayers, Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:12 (eight years ago) link

Armand Schaubroeck, Ratfucker

^ the winner

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:18 (eight years ago) link

Chuck mentioned Northern Ohio as a whole, so that was as good as mentioning the Bizarros

I was bored/trolling one day (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:27 (eight years ago) link

still think "only life" by the feelies is the right answer to this question.

tylerw, Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:28 (eight years ago) link

feelies and bizarros probably my fave lou-apers. but they are two of my favorite bands so i guess i would feel that way.

scott seward, Thursday, 21 April 2011 18:06 (eight years ago) link

most of the stuff the tone deaf dude in Yo La Tengo sings

Darin, Thursday, 21 April 2011 18:49 (eight years ago) link

i've only heard one yo la tengo album and it scared me off of ever listening to anything else by them. scared me bad!

scott seward, Thursday, 21 April 2011 19:06 (eight years ago) link

Cher UK "Baldie" is a virtual rewrite of "Femme Fatale" but I don't know if anyone even remembers the band or this kinda cool album:

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 21 April 2011 19:45 (eight years ago) link

Until Lately ... I always heard that as a Fall song rather than VU

Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 21 April 2011 19:51 (eight years ago) link

Yo La Tengo is great, scott. I figure they'd be right up yr alley...

Hippie! Crack! Nitrous! Mafia! Boston! (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 21 April 2011 22:54 (eight years ago) link

I don't know about Blue Flower by Slapp Happy, but definitely Strayed:

dlp9001, Thursday, 21 April 2011 23:58 (eight years ago) link

"Yo La Tengo is great, scott. I figure they'd be right up yr alley..."

i listened to the wrong album first! sometimes that happens with me and it takes me years to recover.

scott seward, Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00 (eight years ago) link

And not to be all obscure, but there's this killer live show with Blegvad fronting the Golden Palominos where they do a *way* Lou Reed-y version of Special Delivery that just kills the original version.

dlp9001, Friday, 22 April 2011 00:01 (eight years ago) link

The Vaselines album released last year is full of faux Reed.

Stupid reviewers always compared them to Pavement, but he's clearly doing Lou Reed if Lou had been a member of Robert Chambers' crowd, or maybe the Last Days of Disco folk. Also I really, really love this video...

dlp9001, Friday, 22 April 2011 00:08 (eight years ago) link

Alfred: I forgot the Vaselines were slated to release a new album. Would you recommend it?

scott: if you want, listen to this song and tell me what you think...

Hippie! Crack! Nitrous! Mafia! Boston! (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 22 April 2011 00:15 (eight years ago) link

Last year's album? It's terrific.

i had a really interesting conversation last year with the guy from sammy about his label and touring experience. what it was like to go through the whole label thing. he's a nice guy.

scott seward, Friday, 22 April 2011 01:25 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 February 2016 01:42 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

niels, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:03 (two years ago) link

also, "Lion in Chains"!

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:35 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

budo jeru, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

new order, "every little counts"

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 19:07 (two months ago) link

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