Waiting For My Man/Metal Machine Music: Lou Reed is the King of Noise.
This is what the inside of my head sounds like on a good day. If Lou had stuck a microphone into my mind and pressed record, he could not have got it any closer. Noise. The metal machine music diatribe against beauty without context, pleasure without pain, reality versus the angels of self-destruction. The torture […]More
The Rock and Roll Animal
This Lou pulling Little Richard moves is my favorite Lou: The Rock and Roll Animal at his incandescent bleach blonde best. A rock and roll animal Lou, at the height of his powers, giving interviewers a very tough time. The meatheads have no idea who they are dealing with and it pleases me greatly. Gutter […]More
Lou Reed: The Original Wrapper/ Blondie’s Daylight Robbery
When I said I thought Metal Machine Music was the most unlistenable of Lou Reed’s releases, I had clearly pushed this from my memory. I had no idea Lou could ever go so wrong. I know a lot of bands were initially drawn to hip hop, but this is burn your ears bad. I was […]More
Jonesing for some Gonzo Brilliance: In Praise of Lester Bangs
Sometimes people put their foot on the gas so hard that they break the speedometer. They accelerate beyond the limits of cool, right the way into squirrely tweeked-out geekishness. There is a point at which you need to tell Satan to piss off, that you have gone too far already: in other words, if you […]More