Sorry to hear of his death. but in the obits I am glad they stated something clearly that unfortunately a lot of people in this world do not want to face up with when it comes to death. It states EVEN THOUGH HE HAS BEEN SOBER FOR DECADES THE TOLL ON HIS BODY THE DRUG USUAGE HE TOOK BEFORE ETC ETC. All my life I been trying to spread the word a lot of people who die years younger then they should have, does occurred not with the things you do in the final decades necessarily, but what you did to your body when you were young or decades before you died.How often we hear someone say in shock, oh my why did he die at 50 or 60 ? and a true response could be, well you know when he was young he did do this or this and it very well caught up to him even though he did stop in his later years. The human body is like a car motor. What you do with it during your first 1000 miles can be just as important as what you did on your last 1000.The public often forgets this when dealing with peoples death, Relatives can too.A cousin of mine died in his 40's, when people ask why? I say it could be because he took heroin and loads of drugs in his teen years like a bee loves to take in honey.
May I also add, I always tell young people don't do something foolish now, it may very well hurt you in your later years. Of course sadly we know too well , youth often can't even picture those later years. These days they should more then ever.
I was really saddened when I heard this earlier today. Up until 1978, the only thing I knew about Lou Reed was "Walk on the Wild Side." Then, in that year of 1978, a friend in college (I was a film student at Columbia College Chicago) introduced me to many of Lou's solo albums, as well as the works of The Velvet Underground (who, I am ashamed to admit, I had never heard of). He played me the song "Street Hassle," and I was hooked. I started getting every VU and solo Lou Reed I could get my hands on. I so fell in love with the title track of the Lou album STREET HASSLE, that as my senior-year final project in 1980, I made a sort of a dramatic retelling of it on film; sort of a music-video-before-there-were-music-videos, with nothing but the song playing on the soundtrack. (Thank you Tom Smith, Diane Lindemann, and Larry Teolis, who participated in that project.)
I continued to follow Lou through his solo career, attending many concerts, and buying his albums religiously. Some I liked far less than others, although there was always AT LEAST one absolutely standout track on any album that made it worth its price. BUT then there were the GREAT albums... THE BLUE MASK, LEGENDARY HEARTS, NEW YORK, and a couple of others that came close.
I am really sorry he is gone (although I must say that his lack of output in recent years should have warned me).
For any film music fans who might be looking at this post, I will list some of Lou's contributions to films that I remember off the top of my head. Some filmmakers merely used existing Lou Reed songs, other commissioned him to write new songs for their films.
ROCK AND RULE: Contributed "My Name is Mok" and "Triumph.": ONE TRICK PONY: Although Lou contributes no songs to this film, he appears in it as an unscrupulous record producer. GET CRAZY: Contributed "Death Bed Request" and "Little Sister" (Lou also appears in the film.) SOUL MAN: Contributed a new recording of the title song. WHITE KNIGHTS: Sings the song "My Love is Chemical" PERFECT: Contributed the song "Hot Hips" PERMANENT RECORD: Contributed the song "Something Happened" (Lou appears in the film.) UNTIL THE END OF THE END OF THE WORLD: New recording of "What's Good" FRIENDS (TV series): Contributed the song "You'll Know You Were Loved" (A GREAT Lou song.) BLUE IN THE FACE: Lou appears in the film.
His songs "Walk on the Wild Side" and especially "Perfect Day" have been used in MANY TV commercials and movies.
In conclusion, let me say something about his lyrics. I came to this understanding quite a while ago: I didn't always understand exactly what his lyrics meant, yet still I "GOT" them. I understood the emotional feeling behind them, and thought that maybe, one day, I would somehow understand thier real meanings later, in some burst of enlightenment. Maybe, with this idea in mind, I might still find new meanings and expressions in Lou, even after his passing.
Good-bye Lou. I REALLY liked your music and lyrics.
His songs ... especially "Perfect Day" have been used in MANY TV commercials and movies.
Amazing they can choose a song and not bother listening to the lyrics! I wonder if they would have chosen "Perfect Day" if they'd paid attention...
I can't see anything edgy about the lyrics. As far as I can see it's about an ex-drug addict rediscovering the simple things in life. Walk On The Wild Side, now that's another thing altogether. He's dead now, so I suppose I should forgive him for, Metal Machine Music, for which I paid good money for.