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Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love (1972)

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“I’ve been told that you’ve been bold with Harry, Mark and John.” Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite Of Love’ was first released on his standout album Transformer, but was originally written during the final days of The Velvet Underground. Reed’s solo career was given a huge boost when team Bowie decided to work with the ex-VU star to make him shine as brightly as possible. Bowie and Mick Ronson had given their hero a new lease on life. Ronson played both piano and recorder on this track.

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The Fall – Bill Is Dead (1990)

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R.I.P. Mark E. Smith; the legendary contrarian and frontman of The Fall died two weeks ago after an extended period of ill health. Two decades ago, his life was about to hit a rough patch. His marriage to Brix Smith-Start was failing and his father died of a heart attack at the unripe age of 59. His response was to release the album Extricate, which features ‘Bill Is Dead’ with its ironic chant “These are the greatest times of my life.”

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Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (1972)

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Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ off 1972’s Transformer. Have a great festive weekend.

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Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1975)

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From one poetically and heroically sad song to another… Lou Reed wrote the title track of 1975’s Coney Island Baby about his Mexican transvestite lover, muse and hairdresser Rachel (Tommy). Now that’s a subject matter to cut through all the usual hipster blah. Like Transformer and Berlin before it, Coney Island Baby reminded you how brilliant the maverick and ever-so peculiar Reed could be.

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Pavement – Summer Babe (Winter Version) (1992)

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It’s winter my friends and never has an album opened with a colder start than the lyric “Ice Baby”. ‘Summer Babe (Winter Version)’ kicks off Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement’s impertinent and preposterously good debut album. Full of reverb and garage drums, the song was omnipresent during my last college year. Where Icehouse’s Iva Davies tapped into Bryan Ferry’s vocals, Stephen wanted to sound like Lou Reed.

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The Velvet Underground – The Murder Mystery (1969)

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A focal point on The Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album, the lengthy-but-intricate ‘The Murder Mystery’ features two simultaneous songs delivered by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison, which are in turn overlaid by choruses from Doug Yule and Maureen Tucker. Apparently, this divide was split cleanly into left and right channels, and you could measure a fan by the amount of time he/she spent in their headphones switching control between ears to follow both nightmarish stories. People just don’t get that kind of time nowadays. Shame.

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Lou Reed – Sad Song (1973)

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‘Sad Song’ provides an epic and welcome end to the saddest of albums – Lou Reed’s Berlin.
R.I.P. Lewis Allan.

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The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll (1970)

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‘Rock & Roll’ features on The Velvet Underground’s fourth (and my favourite VU) album, Loaded. At about the age of 14/15, I still recall a conversation with this cool-and-slightly-aloof kid in my school. I was listening to a lot of music by then – particularly Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bowie. He asked me what type of music I liked and sneered at my response. In return, I asked the same… “the Velvets” was the response. He had a point – there are very few songs that can beat the “fine, fine music” of ‘Rock & Roll’. It also has one of those moments at 2m34s.

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