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

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.


  1. Lou and the Underground ... Lou live .. Lou walking, always, on the wild side. I never understood the larger world's lack of familiarity with Lou Reed; boy was a legened in his youth, and he's still workin' as a professional photographer. Nice re-revelation, Jim.

  2. I haven't thought about Lou Reed for a long time but I always liked his Sweet Jane...

    Standing on the corner, suitcase in my hand
    Jack is in his corset, Jane is her vest
    And me, I'm in a rock'n'roll band
    Ridin'a Stutz Bearcat, Jim
    You know, those were different times
    Oh, all the poets, they studied rules of verse
    And those ladies, they rolled their eyes
    Sweet Jane, sweet Jane, sweet Jane

    I'll tell you something, that Jack, he is a banker
    And Jane, she is a clerk
    And both of them save their monies
    And when they come home from work
    Ooh, sittin' down by the fire
    Oh, the radio does play
    The classical music, said Jim, the `March of the Wooden Soldiers`
    All you protest kids, you can hear Jack say, get ready
    Sweet Jane, come on, baby
    Sweet Jane, sweet Jane

    Some people, they like to go out dancing
    Other peoples, they have to work
    Just watch me now
    And there's some evil mothers
    Well they're gonna tell you that everything is just dirt
    You know, that women never really faint
    And that villains always blink their eyes
    And that, you know, children are the only ones who blush
    And that life is just to die
    But anyone who ever had a heart
    Oh, they wouldn't turn around and break it
    And anyone who's ever played a part
    Oh, they wouldn't turn around and hate it

    Sweet Jane, sweet Jane, sweet Jane ...

  3. Lou Reed doesn't appear on my radar when I think of good or great music. If you have a chance, listen to his cover of, "This Magic Moment," on the Doc Pomus tribute album. A great blues collection and Reed just doesn't quite cut it.