Lou Reed, 1942-2013

By Spencer Cawein Pate

I was deeply saddened to hear yesterday of Lou Reed’s death at the age of 71. For me, The Velvet Underground, Can, and The Fall comprise something of a holy trinity of bands that best embody the spirit of rock and roll. Lou will rightly be remembered not only as one of the finest and most empathetic lyricists of all time, but also as a brilliant, innovative guitar player, one whose influence can be felt today in countless styles of underground music. On albums like White Light White Heat and Metal Machine Music, Reed reinvented rock by liberating noise.

The Velvet Underground’s first two albums–the ones recorded when John Cale was still a member–are my favorites, but their next two albums and the long solo career(s) that followed are wonderful too. In tribute to Lou Reed, I’d like to post my favorite VU song, “Some Kinda Love.” He will be missed.

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