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(OT) Lou Reed 1941/2013


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Can you hear me Major Tom?

 

This is Major Tom to Ground Control

I?m stepping through the door

And I?m floating in a most peculiar way

And the stars look very different today

 

 

Although he acted in a number of films, his best role was one of his earliest in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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Can you hear me Major Tom?

 

This is Major Tom to Ground Control

I?m stepping through the door

And I?m floating in a most peculiar way

And the stars look very different today

 

Although he acted in a number of films, his best role was one of his earliest in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

 

Is this some sort of joke?

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I was thinking of posting Perfect Day, and though

Lou might have appreciated the irony, I decided not to. I

was rather disappointed in Berlin. I like Transformer

much more, but to each their own.

 

 

Lou_Reed_HS_Yearbook.jpg

 

Before you can take a walk on the wild side, you

have to cross over from the mild side. Those high

school yearbook photos will get you every time.

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I was watching PBS Newshour this evening, they had a man (didn't catch his name) who knew Lou and was being questioned by the commentator. He said the quote was from Brian Eno and it was 30,000 copies. I guess Brian and Bryan can fight over this one :)

 

Here's an American Masters documentary you may enjoy. From 1998 it also has Bowie, Patti Smith and others.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2013/10/lou-reeds-rock-and-roll-heart-watch-this-american-masters-documentary.html

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No biggie. For years I've heard that thing about everybody who

bought the first VU album formed a band. In one of the articles

yesterday it had Eno as the one who said it, except the number

of albums sold was 10,000. Who knows? Brian or Bryan. Either

way, there won't be a Roxy Music reunion.

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Though they haven't released an album since 1982's Avalon, Roxy Music got back together in 2001 to play some dates. I think they played some more after that.

 

I saw them on the Avalon tour in May of 1983 at Cobo Hall. Great show.

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But Warhol was a fan, and somewhat of a friend of Reed.

 

All this "New Wave", "Punk", "Alternative" and "Indie rock" nonsense must make Lou turn in his grave.

 

While it can't be argued that he may have influenced much of each of those genres, Reed himself couldn't be pidgeonholed so easily.

 

He did HIS music HIS way. If anyone NEEDS to put a label on it, it's THEIR problem.

 

One obit I read claimed, "Reed pushed the envelope of popular music". What malarkey! You can't push an envelope you never bothered to get INTO.

 

The music world has lost an individual. And individuals are getting hard to come by in music these days. RIP Lou.

 

Sepiatone

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