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A tribute to Lou Reed

A tribute to Lou Reed
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“Both guitars got the fuzz tone on/The drummer’s standing upright pounding along/A howl, a tone, a feedback whine/Biker boys meet the college kind/How in the world were they making that sound?/Velvet Underground”

Jonathan Richman, 1992

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1. The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy88-5pc7c8 (original video)

2. The Go-Betweens – Karen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPErA7NZISM

3. The Pastels – Nothing To Be Done

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47jH0wbnvIo

4. Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbDekaqw3lQ (live, 1977)

5. Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EgB__YratE

6. Spacemen 3 – Revolution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg5D-CqDoI8

7. Suicide – Dream Baby Dream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LayQ98lR8I

8. Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPytYrYqDbA (original video)

9. Television – Marquee Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlbunmCbTBA

10. The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCManydw8aw (live, 1978)

11. Pulp – Common People

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTMWgOduFM

12.  Bushwalking – No Enter 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce6VcZUZ0zc (live, 2013)

13. Thee Open Sex – Light Of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgRaCxSLO_g

14. Smog – Bathysphere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geK2tWWzCp0

15. Roxy Music – Virginia Plain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDULlMa8Hxc (live, 1972)

16. Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGVbEEp7-QM

17. Orange Juice – Falling And Laughing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyKvScfXcCg

18. Mazzy Star – Be My Angel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7JQ0dM6VqE

19. Primal Scream – Loaded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDK2svrGG_c (original video)

20. The Black Angels -Young Men Dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvKjpGP6P5Y

21. The Strokes – Last Nite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOypSnKFHrE

22. Patti Smith – Land

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWGk2R2gHEU

23. Nirvana – Here She Comes Now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mky-yfmoavQ

24. The Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRHSOH1S0QI

25. Pavement – Summer Babe (Winter Version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMjlhIWxfFI

26. Joy Division (New Order) – Ceremony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV5BSrOU4eE

27. Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G48S-XLhac

28. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXp1TQPf2pY

29. The Saints – This Perfect Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0B95FjppEs (live, 1977)

30. David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBQ-S6njQQw (live, 1972)

31. The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Hy7uAb_eU

32. Neu! – Hallogallo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbAWBElA6dA

33. The Garbage & The Flowers – Nothing Going Down At All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsozoOUMEzc#t=42 (live video)

34. Bitch Prefect – Bad Decisions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjaA25yfhYY

35. James X Boyd & The Boydoids – Elissa Says

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLorimZDZC0

36. The Raincoats – The Void

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-p5OfsjxsQ

37. Cabaret Voltaire – Here She Comes Now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjihCRNBYuA

38. Beat Happening – Foggy Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJd-eZo6chI

39. Look Blue Go Purple – Cactus Cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmlfuEukMs (original 1986 video)

40. Hookworms – Away/Towards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw5av46j21U

41. The Clean – Anything Could Happen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tf1wzg4rdE

42. Can – Yoo Doo Right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gJFzPt1i-U

43. Shop Assistants – Somewhere In China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyY6H8AXeIw (live, 1985?)

44. The Fall – Repetition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTKCKBu8CLI

45. Marine Girls – Honey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQA7wLYrSXo

46. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5zFsy9VIdM (live, 1977)

47. Violent Femmes – Good Feeling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhedKAhHqK8

48. Electrelane – On Parade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwLu4h1Q9U0 (acoustic)

49. The Stooges – Real Cool Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBF6tJGmZcc

50. Pere Ubu – Non-Alignment Pact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZty5DTmpMY

51. The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5iHouB9ODk (live, 1979)

52. Tangerine – Feel This Way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTLeC5XRwjk

53. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Overground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHnG0y-vkk (John Peel session, 1978)

54. Pylon – Stop It

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwtxUwoWr6M (live, 1978)

55. Wire – Mannequin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Bzpi3uCUo

56. Television Personalities – A Sense Of Belonging

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6pZI65jHsI

57. The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P96cFKd4irY (original video)

58. Throbbing Gristle – United

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_mKDKKySls

59. Hissey Miyake – Ghosts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HfuCjJUXHM

60. Tronics – TV On In Bed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOgz1OCrswM (the greatest!)

61. Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsMefrj_ICE (live, 1978)

62. The Psychedelic Furs – We Love You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDoyK9Dx4_o (early, live)

63. Dirty Three – Some Summers They Drop Like Flys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TLulYTwO1k

64. Pussy Galore – Dick Johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IK9pBpOFpk (original video)

65. Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTtOXIhrow (original video)

66. The Vaselines – Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcLM_gqLlYc

67. Rainy Day – I’ll Keep It With Mine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ZehtWDRUE

68. CocoRosie – Child Bride

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMidZnR7Nt4

69. Jonathan Richman and Mo Tucker – I’m Sticking With You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ppCtmpNJU

70. Hole – Pale Blue Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mljf-IIGstA

71. Howe Gelb – Felonious

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DvcI9mZDCY

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They were wild like the USA
A mystery band in a New York way
Rock and roll, but not like the rest
And to me, America at it’s best
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

A spooky tone on a Fender bass
Played less notes and left more space
Stayed kind of still, looked kinda shy
Kinda far away, kinda dignified.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Now you can look at that band and wonder where
All that sound was coming from
With just 4 people there.

Twangy sounds of the cheapest types,
Sounds as stark as black and white stripes,
Bold and brash, sharp and rude,
Like the heats turned off
And you’re low on food.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.
Like this…

Wild wild parties when they start to unwind
A close encounter of the thirdest kind
On the bandstand playing, everybody’s saying
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Well you could look at that band
And at first sight
Say that certain rules about modern music
Wouldn’t apply tonight.

Twangy sounds of the cheapest kind,
Like “Guitar sale $29.99,”
Bold and brash, stark and still,
Like the heats turned off
And you can’t pay the bill.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Both guitars got the fuzz tone on
The drummer’s standing upright pounding along
A howl, a tone, a feedback whine
Biker boys meet the college kind
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Wild wild parties when they start to unwind
A close encounter of the thirdest kind
On the bandstand grooving, everybody moving
How in the world are they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Jonathan Richman

You can find the Spotify playlist here, and the Rdio playlist here (with a few bonus added tracks). Many thanks to Mike and Scott for doing these.

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4 Responses to A tribute to Lou Reed

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  2. Caspar October 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    The spotify link doesn’t work, at least not for me. Could you repair it please?

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