In Praise Of...Lou Reed "Take No Prisoners"

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I found this in the sale bin today, total accident and I was so thrilled because I have wanted to have this on CD for about 7 billion years and just never seemed to get around to it.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 March 2005 08:52 (fourteen years ago) link

i really like that one. his talking is hilarious.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Saturday, 19 March 2005 09:20 (fourteen years ago) link

"Is Lou political?"

"Give me an issue, I'll give you a tissue and you can wipe my ass with it"

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 March 2005 09:33 (fourteen years ago) link

It's more stand-up comedy routine/hate-rant than proper live album, but an interesting snapshot of Lou at the time.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 10:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah but you know it's not like the music is really bad or anything.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 March 2005 11:03 (fourteen years ago) link

This is true, but it seems like Lou's vitriol is the real star of the show.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Exactly. Thanks. It's a bit of a hybrid, I guess.

I heard the version of Waiting For My Man on the radio at like 3 am when I was 15 or 16. It made a real deep impression.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 March 2005 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

speed kills

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 12:05 (fourteen years ago) link

"I'd rather get cancer than be a faggot...that's not an anti-gay remark, coming from me..."

dave q (listerine), Saturday, 19 March 2005 16:06 (fourteen years ago) link

you ever meet someone from Wyoming?

Silky Sensor (sexyDancer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

**it's not like the music is really bad or anything.**

Maybe it's just me but I always hated this backing group, sounds like a Top 40 cover band with delusions of grandeur and blaringly bad arrangements, like Lou was taking pointers from the E Street Band or more likely just being arrongant and lazy. As a comedy album it's okay but I can't imagine listening to it more than once or twice. Not terrible, just sorta mediocre (like Growing Up In Public) and when it comes to Lou Reed I'll take the perversely fascinating failures like Berlin or The Bells (every couple years or so).

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 19 March 2005 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link

....lovebug, how about The Raven?

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 17:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Some things strike nameless fear in the hearts of mortal Lou Reed fans. In other words, I haven't heard it. Is it any, er, good?

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 19 March 2005 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I praise this album.

The others I own: Metal Machine Music and the one with Vicious and Wildside and that.

mark grout (mark grout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

a few good songs but only a few--of course, a good deal of it is the dreaded 'spoken word'--dramatic readings of rewritten Poe stories.

my main problem with the last few Reed albums is his voice. he warbles too much; wish he'd go back to the flat, even toned sopkenness of New York.

and the pretension is hard to take. here's my interpretation of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson (they're a couple as I presume you know) at home on a Saturday afternoon.

Lou: You're a genius
Laurie: No, you're genius
Lou: No baby, you're the genius
Laurie: No, YOU'RE a genius....

...on and on until infinity.

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I haven't heard The Raven either- I got all the gothic horror I needed from Lou when he read Lady MacBeth's dagger of the mind speech on that TV commercial.

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:11 (fourteen years ago) link

The Raven might be better if it was Lou doing the 'spoken word' bits (by the way, in my mind, if something is called 'spoken word,' like 'performance art,' it is generally a good tip that it is to be avoided).

But it's not Lou, it's ACTORS! Steve Buscemi, et. al. So bad.

Anyway, back to Take No Prisoners...has a great version of Street Hassle.

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I actually like the version of "Coney Island Baby," but yeah, most of the criticisms are justified.

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Laurie: "You're a genius"
Lou: "You're right"

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 19 March 2005 18:40 (fourteen years ago) link

hahah....yeah, you're right lovebug.

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 19 March 2005 19:39 (fourteen years ago) link

The Raven is like Lou Reed's version of that "Acting, Genius!" John Lovitz SNL skit.

Silky Sensor (sexyDancer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 20:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Take No Prisoners is one of my favourite Lou Reed albums. Great versions of Satellite of Love, Pale Blue Eyes, Coney Island Baby, Street Hassle...

todd (todd), Saturday, 19 March 2005 23:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, I was specifically thinking of the Street Hassle version when I said the music wasn't so bad.

Saw him live a year or two ago w/Antony & Johnsons opening. I found it all rather underwhelming.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 March 2005 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Who the heck is in his band these days, Bimble?

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 19 March 2005 23:42 (fourteen years ago) link

The live album released last year was fabulous. The versions of "Tell it To Your Heart" and "The Day John Kennedy Died" outdo the studio ones. Points off though for letting his bass player Fernando Saunders sing a tune.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 19 March 2005 23:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Who the heck is in his band these days, Bimble?

Well I'm not up on these things enough to be able to name names but I do recall Fernando, and a lady violinist, and this karate expert guy doing these karate moves while the band played. The Fernando singing wasn't so great, either. I agree. It was just weird. The whole thing seemed designed to take the focus off of Lou and put it on other people. I don't think Lou was in a very good mood, either.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Sunday, 20 March 2005 00:18 (fourteen years ago) link

"I don't think Lou was in a very good mood, either."

Heh. is Lou ever?

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Sunday, 20 March 2005 00:20 (fourteen years ago) link

j blount (papa la bas), Sunday, 20 March 2005 00:22 (fourteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
This album just makes me so ridiculously happy, I give up. It keeps coming back. I can't put it away.

Halloween Spooky Party Hints! (Bimble...), Sunday, 18 December 2005 08:25 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
I just bought it! It's nuts, ergo it's great!

Doi Doing! (Dada), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 12:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, but when the h-ck are RCA gonna reissue Having Fun With Elvis On Stage? (Hey they reissued Metal Machine Music so why not?)

M. Agony Von Bontee (M. Agony Von Bontee), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I finally got this and it's terrific. Sometimes you wish Lou would just shut up and finish the song but the band is so tight and you can't find better live versions of these tunes.

Jeff K (jeff k), Friday, 18 August 2006 22:40 (thirteen years ago) link

I feel extraordinarily lucky that folks are keeping this thread alive.

Anyone heard the "Tiger In My Tank" song?

A Cracker Jack On Crack (Bimble...), Saturday, 19 August 2006 03:27 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I wanna be black.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 28 June 2008 08:27 (eleven years ago) link

There isn't much in the world that can happen to me in life where the version of "Waiting For My Man" from this album won't pull me out of the blues. I remember hearing that at 3AM in the dark on the radio when I was a teenager and I played it on my iPod just now as I walked outside. That shit has magical properties for me. It heals me on levels I can't explain. It is the ultimate go-to record for me when I'm down, only I don't tend to think of it as anywhere near the first thing to play in those moods. For those who haven't heard it, this is about 6 billion miles from the Velvet Underground version, we're not in Kansas anymore.

A recent girlfriend of mine pointed out to me that he & Laurie Anderson finally tied the knot in April.

Bimble, Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:33 (eleven years ago) link

Love Xgau's review:

Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners [Arista, 1978]
Partly because your humble servant is attacked by name (along with John Rockwell) on what is essentially a comedy record, a few colleagues have rushed in with Don Rickles analogies, but that's not fair. Lenny Bruce is the obvious influence. Me, I don't play my greatest comedy albums, not even the real Lenny Bruce ones, as much as I do Rock n Roll Animal. I've heard Lou do two very different concerts during his Arista period that I'd love to check out again--Palladium November '76 and Bottom Line May '77. I'm sorry this isn't either. And I thank Lou for pronouncing my name right. C+

Jazzbo, Saturday, 12 July 2008 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

Haha, OMG that's weak.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 July 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

I've got just about all the Reed albums up 'til the mid 80s, and this is one of his worst. Excruciating. So was it the drugs that stopped his ability to sing? He did a bit on Coney Island, and then that was about it.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 12 July 2008 17:13 (eleven years ago) link

lou reed is such a dick

Surmounter, Saturday, 12 July 2008 17:18 (eleven years ago) link

bahahaha

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 July 2008 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

And I thank Lou for pronouncing my name right

This always confuses me: Doesn't Lou pronounce it "Crist-ow"? It's always sounded that way to me. But a coupla years ago Xgau did an open-question Q&A, and when I asked him if the "g" was silent, he said "no". Weird.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:32 (eleven years ago) link

Bimble's right about this album. Probably my favorite versions of "Satellite of Love" and "Berlin." I did always think that Xgau/pronunciation line was a good one, though.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:58 (eleven years ago) link

This record is totally dope and the band on it are awesome and tbh this and Metal Machine Music and the VU albums are all the Lou Reed I've ever needed.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:07 (eleven years ago) link

lou reedchristgau is such a dick

strgn, Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:14 (eleven years ago) link

responsible for the chuck eddys and the frank kogans of our time, r.i.p.

strgn, Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:15 (eleven years ago) link

B-++

strgn, Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:17 (eleven years ago) link

That's the second review I know of where he applauds an artist for pronouncing his name right (the other is for Sonic Youth's Kill Yr Idols). I wonder how many albums there are where his name is pronounced wrong. Hundreds? Two? None?

dlp9001, Sunday, 13 July 2008 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

Listen to what he says about Xgau on "Walk On The Wild Side". That is classic.

The More You Live The Faster You Will Die (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Monday, 29 September 2008 07:21 (eleven years ago) link

XG's review, didn't it also say "Can you sue for being called a toe-fucker?" ?

Mark G, Monday, 29 September 2008 07:25 (eleven years ago) link

HAHAHAAH I was trying to figure that out! I was like "what did he say? TOE-FUCKER? am I just drunk?" LOL

The More You Live The Faster You Will Die (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Monday, 29 September 2008 07:27 (eleven years ago) link

Warhol's diary, 23 Sept '79

I went to church and then went home. I glued myself together and Curley picked me up and we went to 42nd Street to the WPIX radio station for The John Ogle Show. I’d invited Walter Steding to play his magic violin on the air, he was good and he sounded intelligent when he was interviewed. Then Lou Reed rushed in and said how glad he was to see us. Lou told me one of his dachshunds had had an operation on his back. I told him to come down to the Mudd Club with us later because they were having a Dead Rock Stars Night, and he said he would go as himself, but I told him he looks too good for that now.

K. Rrosé, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

the original little dog?
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hQTZryl_3Rk/USTS5pu-emI/AAAAAAAABIg/5-RS26-ApMw/s400/Lou_Doggie2.jpg

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:32 (six years ago) link

awww

everything I do is funky like Debussy (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 17:12 (six years ago) link

singing softly: "My small dog he want what I got / Wants to run his tongue over my hot spot."

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 17:15 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

"all the time he shows up late.."

"so do you, Lou!"

Listening to this the other day, I don't think I'd never noticed this little exchange before (first bit is a line Lou decides to sing in "Waiting for My Man" btw)

Saturated with working class intelligence and not afraid to show it (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 14:03 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Just saw one of those pictures of Sigourney Weaver in which I could swear she looks exactly like Lou Reed.

Can We Be Shown Worldbuilders + Mike Harrison? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 January 2015 20:48 (four years ago) link

i am writing about this album for my EMP presentation, so i look forward to reading over this thread for non-jokey insight.

Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Friday, 2 January 2015 06:49 (four years ago) link

I'm afraid that will have to be punched in retroactively.

Get bent yr doing the Lord's work

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 2 January 2015 17:04 (four years ago) link

yeahhhh excited to read your EMP piece!
still waiting for the complete bottom line 1978 take no prisoners sessions box set. i want it all.

tylerw, Friday, 2 January 2015 17:11 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

getting reissued as part of this: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reeds-last-project-a-box-set-of-remastered-cds-due-this-fall-20160517

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 16:14 (three years ago) link

still waiting for the complete bottom line 1978 take no prisoners sessions box set. i want it all.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 16:59 (three years ago) link

GIVE IT TO US!!!

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 17:03 (three years ago) link

was just informed that today is the anniversary of the first night of Take No Prisoner's recording at the Bottom Line in 1978. HAPPY TAKE NO PRISONERS DAY

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 17:05 (three years ago) link

Celebrate by insulting someone from Wyoming!

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:17 (three years ago) link

oh shit, here's that complete WPIX 1978 broadcast -- never heard it all before! GREAT LOU CONTENT. https://soundcloud.com/david-marin-7/lou-reed-w-joe-piasek-wpix-fm-interview-8-5-78

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:50 (three years ago) link

Wait with The Jeweler and all?

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:03 (three years ago) link

nah, this is a different, earlier WPIX broadcast. he plays sandy denny, of all thing!

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:06 (three years ago) link

alt version of "street hassle" he plays is a good argument for aforementioned Take No Prisoners: Radio Brooklyn Expanded Edition box set

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:51 (three years ago) link

Hello?
Yeah

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:21 (three years ago) link

classic.
with all the feeding back phones, they could've done an impromptu metal machine music.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:28 (three years ago) link

ooh will have to listen to this later

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:30 (three years ago) link

pretty amazing german language cover of "walk on the wild side" included

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:30 (three years ago) link

Yes, and all binaurally recorded!
(xp)

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:30 (three years ago) link

i like how lou perks up when the caller starts talking about binaural stereo setups.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:32 (three years ago) link

Right, exactly.

If one of the callers had really known some obscure doo wop trivia that would have been a distant second

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:40 (three years ago) link

That was the other radio show, some young kid said how much he likednthatvstuff..

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 21:36 (three years ago) link

Christmas has come early.

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:16 (three years ago) link

Yeh

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:44 (three years ago) link

So "Lou Reed: Live" (aka R&R Animal Pt.2) isn't in the set?

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:40 (three years ago) link

some have speculated that it is being folded into R&R Animal? which would make sense. no Live in Italy either, though that was always an import...

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:03 (three years ago) link

man Lou really liked "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin"

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:41 (three years ago) link

Me too. Guitar playing is pure Lou.

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:43 (three years ago) link

this radio recording sounds like it's ... kinda slow? Like the tape speed is not right? The Dion song and Gimme Gimme Good Lovin both sounded like they're slower/in a different key than they should be. (I'm just listening to this whole thing now).

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:45 (three years ago) link

i think the tape speed kinda wobbles a little bit throughout.
xp it really is! though i wouldn't have really realized it til i heard him playing it on the WPIX shows.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:45 (three years ago) link

It's pretty much what I liked about "Gimme Gimme Some Good Times Good' Lovin'" the first time I heard it, which was not yesterday.

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:48 (three years ago) link

lol @ "I'm not a map"

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:57 (three years ago) link

Yes! That was Lou at his most Louist.

Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:48 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Go write a bible

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 05:42 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Your mother, your father, your cocksucking brother, they don't mean shit to me

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 August 2017 23:05 (two years ago) link

We were driving around the other wknd and "Walk On the Wild Side" from this came up on the 'pod. At abt the 11 minute point my wife stopped and said "Wait, is he still playing the same song? Wait has even played the song? This has been going on for 11 minutes?"

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 14:00 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

Different album but https://damienlove.com/writing/babe-im-on-fire-the-making-of-lou-reeds-street-hassle/

Thanks to tipsy mothra for link

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 April 2018 01:18 (one year ago) link

no, sorry, lovebug coleman

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 April 2018 01:18 (one year ago) link

I never said I was ept!

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 April 2018 01:27 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

HI DERE

sorry we were late but we were just tuning

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:27 (one year ago) link

That’s pathetic

ten months pass...

It's an elecric fire, man, you plug it in...

Do you like 70s hard rock with a guitar hero? (Tom D.), Saturday, 13 April 2019 14:16 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

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