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The Lou Reed Guitar Archive "Pre-VU, The Velvet Underground, solos and collaborations"
posted by wobh (18 comments total)

 
wobh! thank you, this is good.
posted by kamylyon at 8:31 PM on January 3, 2005


The idea of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson performing this wonderful song makes me want to vomit.
posted by interrobang at 8:58 PM on January 3, 2005


Thank God it wasn't the Lou Reed Vocal Archive.
posted by j.p. Hung at 9:41 PM on January 3, 2005


I can't find it right now, but somewhere there's an excellent picture of Lou Reed, Salmon Rushdie and John McEnroe.
posted by punkbitch at 10:09 PM on January 3, 2005


Lou Reed Laurie Anderson, man and wife.
btw she is artist in residence@NASA
posted by hortense at 10:22 PM on January 3, 2005


(This is good.)
posted by koeselitz at 11:03 PM on January 3, 2005


btw she is artist in residence@NASA

WTF? Doesn't NASA waste enough money without requiring an "artist in residence"?
posted by milnak at 11:58 PM on January 3, 2005


Reed-Anderson man-and-wife has always created very disturbing mental images for me. Lord his hands are huge.

Love the VU, but this is one of my candidates for worst song of all time.
posted by bendybendy at 4:01 AM on January 4, 2005


This is neat, but I don't see a tab of the guitar solo in "I Heard Her Call My Name", which is my nominee for the most violent recording of all time...
posted by JeffL at 5:45 AM on January 4, 2005


vu was okay, but christ, who ever told lou reed that he was cool as a solo artist? vomitus.
posted by damnitkage at 6:06 AM on January 4, 2005


Sweet.
posted by LouReedsSon at 6:15 AM on January 4, 2005


I would tell Lou Reed that he is cool as a solo artist. fuckwitus
posted by found missing at 6:43 AM on January 4, 2005


Damnitkage...are you freakin kidding? Transformer is an amazing album, as is New York. And I think his voice is unique and wonderful. I mean, if Bob Dylan can be a demigod with that gargage disposal voice he has (and I love Bob Dylan) why can't Lou Reed?

wobh, you've made my 2005, and we're only 4 days in.
posted by spicynuts at 8:27 AM on January 4, 2005


Dylan's voice sucks too. Both wrote great arrangements but when your voice can't uphold the melody line, it kind of cheats the overall composition. I love listening to their songs but just hate it when I hear someone validate their shitty voices by suggesting I, or others, 'don't get it'. I get it..they suck as singers. Eh, whatever....I suppose it's an insult to their collective genius to suggest they were only great at writing songs and playin' that there guitar.
posted by j.p. Hung at 9:45 AM on January 4, 2005


hate it when I hear someone validate their shitty voices by suggesting I, or others, 'don't get it

I don't think anyone here said anything about people 'not getting it'. If spot on vocals were a requirement for being a musician or singer/songwriter, we'd still be listening to opera. Holding a melody is not the be all end all of art and if it were there would be no folk, country or rock n roll. You gonna take away Muddy Waters guitar cuz he doesn't have perfect pitch? I don't think Hank Williams was all that spot on the pitch too often either. Shitty voices are basically the bed rock of popular, expressive music. What precisely are you being cheated out of when listening to say Jonathan Richman or Eddie Vedder or Alex Chilton or Bjork? If you don't like someone's voice that's fine, but I'd find life a little diminshed if Dylan were forced into the role of writer/arranger and I had to hear freakin Barbra Streisand sing all his work cuz she has perfect pitch. I mean, is that the world you want?
posted by spicynuts at 10:55 AM on January 4, 2005


All this talk about Lou's singing...what's funny is that he's a frikkin' Pavarotti compared with his guitar playing.
posted by wsg at 11:12 AM on January 4, 2005


Transformer is an amazing album, as is New York.

And so is the underrated Magic and Loss and the semi-VU Songs for Drella. Lou Reed as a solo artist/Lou Reed in VU, I never saw a difference.

All this talk about Lou's singing...what's funny is that he's a frikkin' Pavarotti compared with his guitar playing.

True, and yet many of his songs overcome that by sheer force of his writing and attitude.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:04 PM on January 4, 2005


As much as I don't care for Dylan and Reed, I definitely have respect for someone writing music and performing it with at least a semblance of honesty. Even though that honesty probably doesn't exist, I'd rather at least be duped.

Besides, perfect music is boring music. I'd rather have something to bitch about.
posted by angry modem at 8:08 PM on January 4, 2005


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