Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Magic and Loss

I was sad to hear that we had lost Lou Reed as of yesterday. To me he defined "cool" in terms of rock and roll. He deserved so many kudos for having a song in the top 40 in the 70's which contained the themes of drug use, transvestism, and oral sex. When I was a freshman in college he did a commercial for Honda scooters which contained themes of New York street life with him sitting on a scooter with the simple tag line of "Don't settle for walking" with his signature song "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" playing in the background. I then had the pleasure of seeing him perform live at the first Farm Aid concert in '85. My friend and I were wondering if he would perhaps tone down his song since the concert was being aired by CMT (Country Music Television). Oh no. We knew what was coming when he announced, "Remember this song the next time the censors come to town." He then broke out into "Wild Side" and when he got to the questionable line he did not disappoint by going, "But she never lost her head even when she was GIVING GOOD HEAD!" much to the joy of the audience. He was a true music pioneer. I bought his 3-cd greatest hits box set back in the early 90's and played it to death. I also bought his critically acclaimed cd of the subject line which is probably one of the most depressing cds I own since it dealt with the death of his friend from cancer. Seeing that Lou died from complications after a liver transplant I have to wonder if all of the chemicals he consumed in the late 60's and early 70's were a contributing factor. *shrugs* It's all the same that we lost a truly great musician and lyricist.
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