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September 5, 2012 6:28 PM   Subscribe

Just a perfect day1 drink sangria in the park2 and then later when it gets dark,3 we go home.4 Just a perfect day5 Feed animals in the zoo6 Then later a movie too,7 and then home.8

1. Lou Reed, TRANSFORMER (1972) - as used in Trainspotting
2. BBC Children in Need charity single (1997)
3. Lou Reed with Antony Hegarty (2003)
4. Patti Smith (2011)
5. Susan Boyle (2010)
6. Kirsty MacColl and Evan Dando (1995)
7. Downton Abbey series 3 trailer (2012)
8. Wikipedia
posted by roger ackroyd (18 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thank you. I love this song.
posted by Cocodrillo at 6:48 PM on September 5, 2012


What? No Duran Duran? My personal favorite cover of the song...
posted by combinatorial explosion at 6:48 PM on September 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I love this song. It, and the tone of it, fit into the very weird first few years that was my relationship with the man who would become my husband. I wasn't someone good then, and I did reap what I would sow in spades. And then we got better.
posted by strixus at 6:53 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


...and apparently Lou Reed's as well (per the wikipedia link)...
posted by combinatorial explosion at 6:54 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


This was my brother's wedding song, and I thought that was awesome, until I needed to get married, and realized it had already been used by my brother. Instead, we had Skinny Elvis - "Can't Help Falling In Love."

I think my crazy republican uncle had a small stroke when the DJ played CCR's "Proud Mary" as a follow up, that or he was dancing his government-subsidized pacemaker clear out of his chest.

Still! Best wedding song ever. Just make sure the DJ doesn't confuse it with "Shiny Shiny Shiny."
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:58 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I support the footnoting of this post. Thank you, OP.
posted by raihan_ at 8:13 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


What? No Duran Duran? My personal favorite cover of the song...

I have to second that... one of the few covers from the "Thank You" album worth a mention.
posted by inthe80s at 8:37 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


For some reason, I happened to be thinking about this song this afternoon. I've always loved it, but for some reason I've never bought Transformer, so I had to dredge out the Trainspotting soundtrack. Nice to hear these other versions.

We used Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' "Beyond my Wildest Dreams" as our wedding song. Yeah, it was a bit sappy.
posted by sfred at 8:40 PM on September 5, 2012


FAVRIT SO HARD
posted by mwhybark at 9:13 PM on September 5, 2012


wait, what do you mean, never bought Transformer? How can this be?

spoke spoke
posted by mwhybark at 9:15 PM on September 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the great post; had fun listening to all of these, went back to listen to Transformer, then New York and now moving on to Peel Slowly and See.
posted by kernel_sander at 11:08 PM on September 5, 2012


Just to add to the list, Paul McDermott with The Gadflys on Good News Week from 98.
posted by sandycooper at 2:57 AM on September 6, 2012


To be played at my funeral.
posted by marvin at 7:44 AM on September 6, 2012


Separate from the quality of the song, how is this a Lou Reed song? I read the Wikipedia bit about it being an ode to heroine and saw the Duran Duran video with the creepy death-oriented visuals but really its schmaltzy enough[1] to have been written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin or the recently deceased Hal David and Burt Bacharach.

Reed is all about the nasty edges of life, the conflicts between thought and action. "Feed animals in the park" srsly?

[1] Yes, a great wedding or, per marvin, funeral song.
posted by billsaysthis at 9:33 AM on September 6, 2012


most depressing song EVAR
posted by Twang at 1:18 PM on September 6, 2012


"Feed animals in the park" srsly?

It takes on a different tone if you imagine a heavy-lidded, drooling, nose-rubbing junkie doing it.

There's a distinctly dispassionate ambivalence about that, or sangria in the park, or seeing a movie, which contrasts with the anthemic chorus about how perfect it is to spend a day with "you".
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:45 PM on September 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Shane MacGowan was a pleasant surprise. Well done.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 7:09 AM on September 7, 2012


I can't believe that I've never seen the version produced by the Beeb before.
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:40 PM on September 8, 2012


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