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So Long, Lou Reed

Lou Reed, the legendary abuelo of punk, died yesterday at the age of 71. He had liver problems, which isn’t exactly a surprise given how he spent much of the 60’s and 70’s. Reed was one of the greatest icons of rock history and a gifted songwriter. Starting off with Andy Warhol’s The Velvet Underground he made music that was waaaay ahead of its time fusing rock, blues, jazz, and just weird stuff he thought up while super high. Later he went on to have his own successful solo career with albums like Transformer. He saw punk coming years before it became popular.

I’m kind of a lame ass, if truth be told. But when I moved to New York I had several fantasies of living some kind of dark 70’s lifestyle like in a Lou Reed song. When you walk the streets of a city grown wimpy and gentrified while listening to songs like Heroin, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, or Waiting for My Man you can almost conjure up what it was like back when the city was like much more like Taxi Driver than Taxi with Queen Latifah. So, here are five of Lou’s best to enjoy on this sad Monday morning.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Sunday Morning

Satellite of Love


Perfect Day

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