I got the news yesterday night from the Rolling Stone website that the legendary Lou Reed from the revolutionary band Velvet Underground has died at the age of 71. Lou’s death has not yet been confirmed, however he did undergo a liver transplant earlier this year and he openly admitted that in the past he has taken drugs and abused alcohol.
Many mainstream audiences recognize him for his hit single “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Perfect Day”. Lou Reed has left behind a huge legacy mostly with being one of the founding members of the successful band Velvet Underground that started in 1964 and broke up in 1996.
Velvet Underground were a very interesting band with some really intriguing songs that have never EVER failed to fascinate me. One of their most capturing and successful songs was “Venus in Furs” there’s a slight exotic feel to it as well as the edgy Asian vibe to this song, this is what makes it so different from any other rock song that has gone down to history. Also another one of my personal favorites is “Sunday Morning” it’s got a very charming, chripy and celestial feel to it with the xylophone that is constantly heard along with Lou’s soft and sweet vocals. This song was surely creative since it wasn’t very common at the time that rock bands used xylophones in their songs (and it still isn’t much of a big thing). Velvet Underground are acknowledged for being those who contributed in the whole punk- artistic movement in the 60’s along with Andy Warhol who is the one responsible for their cover of their album ‘Banana’. Sadly, not many people are aware of this, therefore Velvet Underground were never really that famous.
I would like to finish this post by talking about one of my favorite Lou Reed songs; “Perfect Day”. I guess the lyrics are meant to sound happy but his voice sounds painful (in a good way) almost as if he is hurt, and the piano in the song is very elegant and simple, both of these elements in the song contribute to being able to imply a sad feel to it. Isn’t it amazing? Being able to change the mood of someone through a song. Lou Reed was one of those talented artists who was able to get that emotion through his songs. His lyrics were beautiful and simple, his songs were never really that complicated, always easy to sync into anyone’s emotions. I’m gonna finish this by sharing a moment of silence for Lou Reed and listen to this song, because I hope he HAS a ‘perfect day’ in heaven with the rest of those other legendary artists that have passed away throughout the years. Heaven must sound quite promising with all these talented musicians living up there.
RIP Lou Reed.