Let’s Dance to Lou Reed!

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Lou Reed died a little over a week ago at 71 and rock and roll truly lost one of its great souls.  When I heard the news, I was immediately reminded of my college days on Fairfield Beach, Connecticut driving around on a cool fall day with the windows down to Transformer, which I had picked up at the school library.  Songs such as Vicious and Perfect Day are so melodramatic its irresistible!  He truly is vicious with his words and style and his whole circle seemed to be that way too.  It fact, mentor Andy Warhol gave Reed the idea for the line “vicious, you hit me with a flower” in Reed’s Vicious.  Lyrics like this is why Lou Reed is one of my favorite rock stars and I’m sure many of his lyrics were derived similarly, from conversation between the pop-art inspired ideas of Warhol, Producer David Bowie and Reed. The NYC city slicker, Lou Reed, truly told it how it was and truly embodied the music he was singing and for those reasons and many others, was rewarded with a darling music career.   Although he was celebrated his entire life, I believe, however, that posthumously he will find even greater success. Here, for example, is his Perfect Day, which is currently featured in the new Playstation 4 commercial –

I believe you will be hearing more and more of his songs in commercials and Lou Reed’s Transformer picture on T-shirts because he has had such a large impact on rock and roll and his death has made us realize it once again.  I think his legacy will be very similar to Joy Division, who is credited as the founder of the current electronic-rock movement and whose t-shirts I see everywhere now.  Similarly, Lou Reed’s music is in many ways a pre-cursor to the minimalist/ garage rock revival we saw recently.  I, for example, see a direct relationship to fellow New Yorkers The Strokes music, as well as the Arctic Monkeys.  The following group of songs will help you get into Lou Reed if you never had the chance to check him out.  Pay attention to the lyrics, that’s where the real magic of this music is, you’ll catch the groove instantaneously…

Let’s Dance to Lou Reed Playlist – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM9JG-oQm1Y&list=PL5Fcyt2pLFzEYGt7QaFcjh5Opk6gXDGDe

  1.  Lou Reed – Vicious
  2. The Strokes – Someday
  3. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
  4. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  5. Lou Reed – A Walk on the Wild Side

R.I.P. Lou Reed – Deceased – October 27, 2013