Remembering Lou Reed

Remembering Lou Reed

March 2nd 1942 - October 27th 2013

A rock legend has died. The cause was liver disease, said Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago.

Lou Reed was best known for his band The Velvet Underground. The band consisted of violist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker. Later, through the insistence of of Andy Warhol, the singer Nico was brought into the band, against the objections of Reed and Cale. The debut album was named The Velvet Underground with Nico. A way of letting Warhol know she was not considered a member of the group.That album is considered by Rolling Stone to be one of the best rock albums ever.

 

The composer Brian Eno, in an often-quoted interview from 1982, suggested that if the group’s first record sold only 30,000 records during its first five years — a figure probably three or four times lower than the reality — “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”

Joy Division, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, R.E.M., The Strokes and numerous others were direct descendants.

Mr. Reed is credited with giving a voice to gay and transgender people in a way that had never been done before by a popular artist, which made his work incredibly important to many people.

Please check out the albums below to experience the talent of Mr. Reed. /Terye

The Velvet Underground and Nico 

While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set.  --- Rolling Stone

Peel Slowly and See

Peel Slowly and See

Peel Slowly and See, the long-awaited five-disc Velvet Underground box set, offers fresh perspectives and some hidden truths, even for longtime Velvets fans. None is brought home more vividly than this simple proposition: The Velvets were a band.   --- Rolling Stone

Transformer

The sound and style of Transformer would in many ways define Reed's career in the 1970s. David Bowie was a big influence on Lou Reed, as he had been to Bowie. Walk on the Wild Side is featured on this album.  -- All Music Guide

Ecstasy

Ecstasy

Never let it be said that Lou Reed has lost the ability to surprise his audience; who would have thought that at the age of 58, on his first album of the new millennium, Reed would offer us an 18-minute guitar distortion workout with lyrics about kinky sex, dangerous drugs, and (here's the surprise) imagining what it would be like to be a possum?   -- All Music Guide

 

Lulu

Lulu

Lou Reed with Metallica

First and foremost, Lulu is a Lou Reed album. Metallica may receive collaborative billing, and Reed has made canny use of the band's skill set, but it's clear after the first ten minutes that he is the auteur on this proje