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.
"WHEN ARE YOU GONNA LEAVE,
YOU FUCKIN TRAMPS?"
Manchester. 'Rock N Roll' Animal tour 1974