Today’s Track of the Day is in celebration of a life that, before it’s flame became extinguished yesterday, has brought an abundance of souls some of the greatest musical pleasure of their live’s thus far whether direct, or, indirectly.
By this time, most of you will have heard the sad news that Lou Reed, influential singer/songwriter with one of the most important bands of the century, The Velvet Underground has passed away aged 71. Suffering from liver ailments, Reed’s addiction and drug abuse problems have been well documented over the years, if not only by his own masterful, musical creations.
An impeccable purveyor of the wilder, seedier, sinister and more desperate side of the human condition, Reed’s importance to music and art as we know it can be gauged by the reaction of the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop (real name James Osterberg) who took to their respective social media sites to commemorate a talent that will continue to prevail in hearts and minds long after Sunday 27th October 2013.
A host of other Reed collaboratives and coverers, such as Antony and the Johnsons architect Antony Hegarty and the Canadian rock outfit Cowboy Junkies, who may arguably have mustered the finest attempt at a cover, are expected to pay their own respects in the coming days.
So we shall leave you with one, and it really could be any, of the tunes from Reed’s back catalogue of solo and full band gems. Although I hope you will agree that taking it back to where it all started seems the most fitting, The Black Angel’s Death Song from seminal debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, just happens to be my favourite.
R.I.P Lou, if it wasn’t for you I would’ve been a P.E teacher.