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Lou Reed 1942–2013: Mark E Smith: 11/11/13

November 2013

Lou Reed died 27 October, 2013. Here Mark E Smith eulogises – on being a criminally devout Velvet Underground fan. Not a 'Velvets' or 'Lou Reed' fan.

At 14 when some bikers in town told me
I could score at this horrible gig in Sth. M/CR,
Lou Reed was a constant in my life.
The support group was 'Lou Reed & The Tots'.

By 73 I was a criminally devout Velvet Underground fan.
Not a 'Velvets' or 'Lou Reed' fan.
Or Johnny cum latelys.

About 87 when my mother was moving out,
I stood in the front room and looked at the stereogram
I'd listen to "Sister Ray" on full blast, 14 years back.
I opened the curtain and Nico walked past the house.

On the 'Gorillaz' tour,
Lou Reed must've been the only person I didn't talk to.
I bowed and he nodded.

The Velvet Underground group live and on vinyl of 1969–70
excels over 'pop & rock' of yesterday, tomorrow,
this, last and next week.

The Remainderer.

"WHEN ARE YOU GONNA LEAVE,
YOU FUCKIN TRAMPS?"

LOU REED
Manchester. 'Rock N Roll' Animal tour 1974

Comments

Another reason why MES rocks

You what??!!

Like the best Fall lyrics, scabrous and poignant.
'Criminally devout' ... lovely.

LOU REED - will always be an unforgotten Legend .. RIP
MES - Living Legend ...

LOU REED - will always be an unforgotten Legend .. RIP
MES - Living Legend ...

He pinched this off Dafydd Ap Gwilym.

Say what, Arthur? Which poem?

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