Friday, October 15, 2010
A busload of Lou
Lou Reed - Bus load of faith
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Lou Reed. Damn. Who out there saw him at Humpin' Hannas in Milwaukee back in the day? Or the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis?
We heard "Busload of Faith" on the Loft yesterday and it brought back some memories. Hard to believe it has been 21 years since we last saw him, the same year -- 1989 -- he released the album New York. We were too late to catch the early Velvet Underground train, but as far as we're concerned Lou Reed circa 1989 is as good as he got, and as good as it gets. We're not alone. Here's what was written about New York on Amazon.com:
New York is arguably Lou Reed's greatest hour as a solo artist. A song-cycle about his beloved city in the '80s, Reed adopts a conversational tone to discuss politics, AIDS, romance, TV preachers, and whatever else is on his mind. While his voice never ranges far, the album kicks into high gear with the twin guitar attack of Reed and Mike Rathke, which takes simple, three-chord rock into a truly transcendent space. "Romeo Had Juliette" cruises like a cab down a bumpy avenue, while "Strawman" curls with rage. Like the city that gives it its name, New York never rests.
We love the line "three-chord rock into a truly transcendent space." That's us! You can buy the CD for $10, but if you don't believe the hype do yourself a favor and at least download "Busload of Faith" for a buck. You'll have a nice companion when you hit the gas with the windows down and the open highway stretched out in front of you.