Sad song....Sad song....
|Rock 'n' Roll Animal, 1974|
As 1974 wore on I discovered more of Lou Reed's work. His 1972 album, "Transformer", was an awesome collage of wit (Goodnight, Ladies) and joy (Satellite of Love). But it was a discovery I made in the early months of 1975 that really "transformed" me.
In Berlin by the wall
You were five foot, ten inches tall
It was very nice
Oh, honey, it was paradise
Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on....
|Coney Island Baby, 1975|
After the show was over, about eight of us piled into my friend John Corwin's car for the sixty-mile ride back home. We were beside ourselves with the realization that we had just spent the evening with The Man. Lou Reed captured our imaginations at the moment they were ripe for the capturing. He never really let go. He still speaks to us in ways that are not easy to define. His music made us feel just a bit freer, and listening to those recordings all these decades later makes one quite nostalgic; they transport us back to a time when anything seemed possible. Hearing again the hypnotic words and music of "Ennui" from the Sally can't Dance album takes my mind back to the Capital Theater on May 3, 1975. It was such a perfect day. I'm glad we spent it with Lou.
|Sally Can't Dance, 1974|
The closest thing he ever came to having a hit record was 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side" which made it to number sixteen on Billboard's Top 100 chart. Its relative success more-than-likely took him by complete surprise. Commercial appeal never meant a damned thing to Lou Reed. All the guy ever wanted to do was to play rock 'n' roll music. "I was made for rock 'n' roll" he once said. It's a statement that's impossible to disagree with.
Lou Reed spoke for the misfits, the outcasts and the disaffected. No small wonder why I loved this guy so much.
Staring at my picture book
She looks like Mary Queen of Scots
She seemed very real to me
Just goes to show how wrong you can be
by Lou Reed
From the Conclusion of Berlin.
Here's Lou being interviewed by Charlie Rose. It's quite revealing and he's very funny at times: