Reed Cheers Up, Recalling 'Depressing' Album

Full story: Hartford Courant

Lou Reed is notorious for a brusque tone that sometimes borders on surly, dating all the way back to his famously cantankerous interviews with Creem writer Lester Bangs in the '70s. It was a rare treat, then, ...
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cyberjack0101

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Mar 14, 2008
 
What the hell is Lou Reed talking about? His most depressing album was 1992's Magic and Loss ( http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll... ) which he wrote trying to deal with the deaths of two friends who died of cancer. I bought it brand new, played it once, cried (I had a relative dying of cancer at the time), put it on the CD rack and it hasn't moved from that spot since.
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Mar 14, 2008
 
Cyberjack:

I read Lou's remark about "the most depressing album ever" as a sarcastic restatement of critics' response to "Berlin". His follow-up comments make it clear that he feels otherwise.

Nevertheless, I'd still argue that Berlin IS more depressing than almost any album I can think of, including Magic & Loss. It's like a gorgeously rendered, painfully accurate portrait of two wrecked lives. "The Kids" is absolutely harrowing.
Richard

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Mar 14, 2008
 
Hedwig is funnier than Berlin that's for sure.

The version of Berlin on Reed's first solo album is far better and more upbeat than the one on Berlin (his third solo album).

I guess there's no upside to two drug junkies caught in an S&M relationship.

To be fair, Metal Machine Music is even bleaker. And he does it without words.

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Aug 11, 2012
 
Richard wrote:
Hedwig is funnier than Berlin that's for sure.
The version of Berlin on Reed's first solo album is far better and more upbeat than the one on Berlin (his third solo album).
I guess there's no upside to two drug junkies caught in an S&M relationship.
To be fair, Metal Machine Music is even bleaker. And he does it without words.
The Live 1972 disc available in imports from the Netherlands has a pretty funny introduction by Reed where he says he's playing Bogart talking to Bacall in the song "Berlin", which he was performing in this Transformer tour when "Berlin" was still only a song off his first solo album, at the time a little over a year old.
ravingroblostint ime

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Aug 11, 2012
 
That reminds me of how great the album Berlin was. No longer have a copy of it must make a point of getting that again.

I remember Berlin, The Kids and I think Sad Song is on it. Such a shame I can't remember the others I bet there are some classics I have forgot. Shall work on my memory for the rest of the day.

I may have to record one and add to my collection of great songs. If you are into Lou Reed check out my version of Satellite of Love

www.youtube.com/watch...

Like to know what you think.

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Aug 12, 2012
 
ravingroblostintime wrote:
That reminds me of how great the album Berlin was. No longer have a copy of it must make a point of getting that again.
I remember Berlin, The Kids and I think Sad Song is on it. Such a shame I can't remember the others I bet there are some classics I have forgot. Shall work on my memory for the rest of the day.
I may have to record one and add to my collection of great songs. If you are into Lou Reed check out my version of Satellite of Love
www.youtube.com/watch...
Like to know what you think.
Will definitely check put your Satellite of Love cover with great interest, used to do a cover of it myself but never got around to recording it...

Yes, "Berlin" has some of my favorites... "Men Of Good Fortune", "...and me? I just don't care at all."

"Caroline Says"... "I'm not a man, so she'll go get it, catch as catch can..." - "She is my Germanic Queen! Yeah baby she's still my queen."

"How do you think it feels?" - "Come here, baby..."

And on and on... the harrowing "Oh Jim"...
ravingroblostint ime

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Aug 15, 2012
 
Oh yes of course - so many great songs they are all coming back to me now.

Placing my order for it now.
Does anybody make albums like that these days?

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Aug 15, 2012
 
ravingroblostintime wrote:
Oh yes of course - so many great songs they are all coming back to me now.
Placing my order for it now.
Does anybody make albums like that these days?
Not only is the original Berlin out remastered on CD, there a recent live version I haven't heard yet, "Live At Saint Marks Place" but hope to soon... a new version by Lou in 2010 or so.

No, I don't know anyone who comes close to Lou Reed in his prime out there today, but would like to find out if so!

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