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RIP Lou Reed

October 28, 2013


You wrote some good toons but gawd you were a miserable bugger.



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  1. October 28, 2013 8:33 pm

    “Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.” ~ Lou Reed

  2. IPA permalink
    October 28, 2013 9:06 pm

  3. egg permalink
    October 28, 2013 9:09 pm

    “I tried to give up drugs by drinking.”

    Lou Reed

  4. IPA permalink
    October 28, 2013 9:14 pm

    “Reed’s greatest impact may have been with an act that sold even fewer records than he did: The Plastic People of the Universe, a Cold War-era Czech act that briefly flourished before being prosecuted and harassed by the country’s Communist Party government.

    “That prosecution, in turn, helped push Vaclav Havel to write the Charter 77, a demand for human rights that became an international cause celbre. The uprising that helped overthrow the regime, in turn, took its name from Reed’s old band: The Velvet Revolution. Havel spoke during the revolution about Reed’s influence on him, and appeared with him after he had become the Czech president.”

  5. October 28, 2013 9:22 pm

    Brown stone building…

  6. egg permalink
    October 28, 2013 9:54 pm

    ‘I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.’

    Lou Reed

    I agree with these sentiments.

  7. October 28, 2013 10:01 pm

    Good for you egg, good for you… ๐Ÿ™„

  8. October 28, 2013 10:03 pm

  9. IPA permalink
    October 28, 2013 10:35 pm

  10. October 28, 2013 11:03 pm

    Lou Reed Did not join the mainstream, he defined it… Lou Reed led and others followed.
    He is the high priest of a movement that redefined rock and roll taking elements of dylan’s innovative turn of phrase and combining it with wahol’s pop art media at the factory. He is the embodiment of great art, not a great singer, not a great guitar player but a brilliant songwriter and social commentator. His greatest contribution is an everlasting influence that changed popular music forever by telling it like it is and his work is still is a lightning rod for reality. Lou Reed smashed down walls and barriers with the sheer brute force of intellectual rigor, poetry and fearless observation, He treated the mainstream media with the contempt they deserved , playing them like a fiddle where the joke was on them, a trick he learned from Andy.
    A poet, a writer, a minstrel and a great man who will be remembered long after the bitter glitter of pop fades.

    RIP..Goodnight Ladies Goodnight.

    Bowie and Ronson at their best reinventing an icon

  11. October 28, 2013 11:07 pm

    Well said Ricky.

  12. October 29, 2013 12:15 am

    Oh brother Reed,
    may you rest peacefully with your dog.

  13. public toilet permalink
    October 29, 2013 2:18 am

    He raped metallica into further credibility deficit (if that is even possible) prior to expiration.

  14. Dianne permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:22 am

    A whole generation of rock and roll stars are edging off stage towards the exit.

    Is Mick Jagger 70 yet?

    How has it happened?

    They defined rebellious Youth. They were going to die before they got old. But they ARE getting old.

    Some like Lou and Mick and Keith get old without losing the danger-edge which defined their youth.

    Others turn into any-old-geezer.

    My sweet Lord, George Harrison wore a cardigan towards the end. And a little bucket hat.

    He looked like any Northern grand-dad shuffling off to place a bet on the dogs.

    Where did his magic go?

    It went to YouTube where they all stay young, beautiful and dangerous.

  15. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:29 am

    ‘Good for you egg, good for youโ€ฆ’

    I can feel you taking the piss.

  16. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:45 am

    Insults were better at Trash, but sadly the place is mellowing and with star anchor Wally still in Serendib number crunching, it’ll be quiet around here for a couple of weeks.

  17. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:13 am

    sadly the place is mellowing

    Only because you because your pantywaist politeness shows a total lack of imagination you dumb cnut!

    I can feel you taking the piss.

    I thought that was your specialty, Trough Man.

    “itโ€™ll be quiet around here for a couple of weeks.”

    Well wake the fuck up, stop basting yourself in clacker lacquer and start throwing some shit around instead of trying to drink it through a straw.

    And lay of the Climate Change BS. You need to get a life. The time for fellating that dead horse has long passed.

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  18. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:16 am


  19. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:29 am

    I’m just warming up. That cross-dressing, opiniated blow-hard TB is next on the list.

  20. October 29, 2013 9:37 am

    What splatterbottom said!

  21. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:54 am

    Cheers egg. Anyone else might have taken it the wrong way!

  22. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 10:14 am

    Not me, but nevertheless, like all good satire it touches the bone.

  23. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 10:36 am

    Many years ago I went to see a Barry Humphries stand up at the Seymour, pack to the rafters with leftoids. He took the piss the whole time and they laughed until the tears were rolling.

    It was a deeply moving experience.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    October 29, 2013 1:45 pm

    What is all the fkn fuss about?

    Drugged up drunken fkn reprobate who thought he knew it all and didn’t know shit!

  25. October 29, 2013 2:29 pm

    I recall Lou Reed doing a solo acoustic set during the infantile death-rattles of the ‘Alternative Nation’ festival, Melbourne, c. ’95.
    When the crowd response to his presence and opening number was perhaps less than ideal, he berated everyone there, calmly informing us that we were too young to ‘get’ him, that we didn’t know music, that maybe we should have researched who he was before daring to turn up at one of his shows…
    I can remember thinking, “What an arsehole…”. Now I look back, and, I think he was right. But, really, what did he expect…? And whose ridiculous idea was it to make that set acoustic?
    Aside from that, R.I.P., Lou.

  26. October 29, 2013 3:45 pm

    Beginning to think this is more of a Abba crowd dressed in Kmart leatherette. ๐Ÿ™„

  27. October 29, 2013 4:02 pm

    I saw John Cale at a pub in Auckland in New Zealand in the late 1980’s…

    He was terrific live..

    Lou Reed always struck me as a miserable sod.

    Try and find a photo of him smiling.

  28. October 29, 2013 4:03 pm

    “Beginning to think this is more of a Abba crowd dressed in Kmart leatherette.”

    I can understand why one or two of our contributors from Queensland might give you that impression

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    October 29, 2013 4:07 pm

    TWO! There’s more than one!

    So, sb, gets away with “satire” (says egg) and I get slagged! Fkn charming! ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

    This Lou Reed thing is a bit like the Steve Jobs, Messiah shit from the Apple Fanbois … their mothers called ’em fkn Brian! ๐Ÿ™„

  30. October 29, 2013 4:10 pm

    Watch the Documentary Rock and Roll Heart.. he is actually a pretty funny guy..he has that Jewish sense of ironic humor. He took his media pretty seriously because he saw what happened to Andy so he used to fuck with peoples head all the time..

    love this interview for an early Australian tour…

  31. October 29, 2013 4:14 pm

  32. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 4:52 pm

    Lou could be profound sometimes.

    โ€œThereโ€™s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. Itโ€™s your time.โ€

  33. October 29, 2013 6:14 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘bit like the Steve Jobs, Messiah shit from the Apple Fanbois’ ‘ ‘ ‘
    Yeah, l tend to agree TB,
    l only know the `one` song of Reeds, but then again, l don`t follow any form of the celeb stuff, including teh-firm, so l`m probably not the best judge,
    l guess `Liver`failure, qualifies as a proper`rock-star` death,
    make a nice change from choking on ones vomit.

  34. October 29, 2013 6:35 pm

    A lot of Lou Reed’s “work” was utter shit. Not just the pretentious and unlistenable Metal Machine Music but feeble attempts at “pop” with forgettable albums like New Sensations (1984).

    He created some great music with the Velvet Underground and a couple of solo albums in Transformer and Berlin, but apart from that, his solo work is pretty much forgettable.

  35. October 29, 2013 6:36 pm

    Yeah he has all your albums that influenced two generations too. Never ceases to amaze me the vitriol aimed at Jobbs, anyone here use a touch screen? watch a CGI movie?

    Whats all the fuss about? nothing that is relevant to the ignorantly art challenged.

  36. October 29, 2013 6:37 pm

    “l guess `Liver`failure, qualifies as a proper`rock-star` death,
    make a nice change from choking on ones vomit.

    Hmmm, I’m not convinced.

    Anyone can die of liver failure, but it takes a certain type of style and finesse to drown in a pool of your now vomit.

  37. egg permalink
    October 29, 2013 6:43 pm

    ‘…nothing that is relevant to the ignorantly art challenged.’

    Steady on comrade, its a generational thing. Besides, its not necessarily art … more arty.

  38. October 29, 2013 6:46 pm
    Nice find Ricky,
    l`m glad Reed enjoyed hammering teh-media ๐Ÿ˜†

  39. October 29, 2013 7:00 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Anyone can die of liver failure’ ‘ ‘ ‘
    Liver failure takes quite a bit of effort in the self-abuse department, 90% of the Liver will be destroyed before it`s owner shows any sign of illness. Tho, not the style and finesse of vomit-drowning or david-carridine-ing in a closet ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. October 29, 2013 7:00 pm

    I watched those interview clips Ricky, and all it does is reinforce my view that he’s just a bitter old queen who’s strung out because he doesn’t do heroin anymore.

    There’s nothing eminently likeable about the guy (not that that matters), but his arrogance knows no borders…

    He’d just be another strung out poverty stricken junkie if it wasn’t for Warhol’s purse strings…

    No wonder he showers Warhol with adulation, he’d be no one without his financial support….

  41. October 29, 2013 7:02 pm

    “A lot of Lou Reedโ€™s โ€œworkโ€ was utter shit.”

    Yeah, like the aforementioned recent raping of metallica. They were actually doing a pretty decent job of shitting in their own nest, for the last decade & a half, without him further soiling the brand.

    I didn’t think it was possible to turn the death of a niche performer into a pro-Israel political wankfest, but I was quite wrong.

  42. October 29, 2013 7:08 pm

    Dunny, never under-estimate the quantity and quality of derp re-molded into a pro-Israel political wankfest. by teh-usa and their crotch-sniffers.

  43. October 29, 2013 7:14 pm

    It certainly smacks of various US rightwing meme clearing house sites.

  44. October 29, 2013 7:19 pm

    I love how ‘not supporting’ Israel is so quickly labelled as ‘anti-semitism’.

    It makes me ponder the dissonant cognition of conservatives. They make similar arguments against being labelled as ‘sexist’ or ‘racist’…but think nothing of wielding the ol’ anti-Semitic rhetorical bludgeon.

  45. October 29, 2013 7:37 pm

    Don`t forget, not supporting teh-usa is `terrorism` ๐Ÿ˜†

  46. October 29, 2013 7:49 pm

    Holly came from Miami FLA

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:00 pm

    … the vitriol aimed at Jobbs,(sic) anyone here use a touch screen? watch a CGI movie?

    Its not vitriol its fact … over myth … “he’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy …” Job’s was a great marketer … period … and I admire that in him …

    egg, made the “generation point” … some of us grew up with the progress and demise of many digital products – my first PC cost me $10, 000 with 100Mb of RAM! (my first computer was an Amiga with 512Kb and a 1Mb “brick” of additional memory …

    My first video capture card cost me $1000 I was earning around $24,000 (gross) as a manager … the image was 240×180 max … I could capture “coloured” images using an RGB wheel capturing the same image three times … at the 1992 Brisbane Computer Show only the guys from Commodore new what a bloody video capture card was … 1992!

    … the “ownership” of video editing for bigscreen went to Apple it was a superior graphics product no doubt … but in fact “bread and butter” videos in small studios were edited on “professional” Commodore consoles the Amiga was the consumer product but Commodores graphics, speed and especially cost usually won the day over Apple with the small business professionals…

    Everyone who played with graphics wanted an Apple – until Microsoft caught up and it has … its not vitriol its fact … Apple “own” something like 8% of the computer market and a whopping 16/17% for iphones … tablets is 50% I believe … over priced and non expandable products … and as I understand it Apple is slowly losing market share on all fronts* … and wasn’t it Jobs who said that small tablets would never make it?

    … until I retired I was always an early adopter ,,, operating my own business it was worthwhile to be able to say to client IT Managers (especially the Empire Builders) … “aren’t you using that yet?”

    Who do you think paid for all that R&D (that Jobs ripped off purchased for Apple) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    *did a quick check

  48. IPA permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:32 pm

    “I love how โ€˜not supportingโ€™ Israel is so quickly labelled as โ€˜anti-semitismโ€™.”

    Yeah, me too. But who said that? It wasn’t in the quoted article:

    “Lou Reed was fiercely proud of being Jewish โ€” and included lyrics on behalf of Israel and against anti-Semitism in some of his songs.”

  49. public toilet permalink
    October 30, 2013 1:41 am

    No, you don’t.

  50. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 30, 2013 9:58 am

    When the BDS movement targets Jewish businesses and Synagogues it is clearly showing its anti-Semitism. The left has a history of anti-Semitism going back through Chomsky all the way to Marx.

  51. October 30, 2013 10:14 am

    TB I hear ya.. Apple has kind of forsaken all the pros who made the company like Avis.. more interested in pink ipads to little girls. Final gut x and illogic x. ๐Ÿ™„ Reb, lou had good reason to be bitter, but he does it so well. Its his Shtick..

  52. October 30, 2013 10:25 am

    “lou had good reason to be bitter, but he does it so well. Its his Shtick..”

    Yes, I’m beginning to realise that… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Those interviews you posted were hilarious…!

  53. TB Queensland permalink
    October 30, 2013 10:52 am

    The left has a history of anti-Semitism going back through Chomsky all the way to Marx.

    Conveniently forgetting the National Socialist (ie political right) pogroms across Europe and a particularly nasty “holocaust” in the 1940’s … by the dog-fearin’ Nazis …

    Not sure the Jews were popular with too many left, right, up, down, in, out, republic or democracy, black, white, or brindle political wings over the centuries … much like the travellers … the Jews were/are simply tolerated by many people of many political persuasions across the world …

    Bigotry is universal … ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Just my opinion … ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 30, 2013 10:59 am

    Agreed, TB. My point was that the left is not exempt from this cancerous hatred.

  55. October 30, 2013 6:51 pm

    I daresay that anti Semitism was rife with many Christians throughout the ages too. In fact, I know it was.

    All on account of divergences within the book of fables…& related coveting of Teh holy land.

    I prefer genuine, non-fantastical reasons to base my ‘lack of support’ upon.

  56. October 30, 2013 6:56 pm

    My point was that criticism of the state of Israel is not anti semitic.

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    October 30, 2013 7:03 pm

    Yep, a bit like criticism of the, Nazi Third Reich, isn’t anti-German (although it is a reverse analogy, I guess) …

  58. October 30, 2013 7:08 pm

    Pointing out teh book of fables nominate them as, `dogs-chosen-delusionals` isn`t anti-sem either.

  59. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 31, 2013 12:26 pm

    Criticism of Israel per se is not anti-Semitic. Selectively targeting the one Jewish state in the world raises questions. Selectively boycotting Israeli Universities, while not even attempting similar sanctions against the universities of other states with much worse human rights records than Israel stinks to high heaven.

    By the way this court case deserves to fail, not because the proponents are wrong in what they say but because, but because most anti-discrimination law is BS:

    THE emotive controversy over whether the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel is racist and discriminatory will be tested in the Federal Court after an Israeli organisation launched a landmark legal suit.

    Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law centre, has filed papers with the court against Jake Lynch, the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University, over his support for BDS.

    The move follows the failure of the Australian Human Rights Commission, where Shurat HaDin initially filed a complaint against Professor Lynch, to conciliate on the matter.

    Shurat HaDin alleges Professor Lynch’s support for the international BDS movement, which promotes the rights of Palestinians and claims Israel is engaged in illegal and immoral actions against them, violates the Racial Discrimination Act.

    The court action will focus in part on his controversial refusal to sponsor an Israeli academic from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dan Avnon, who developed a curriculum for Arab and Jewish students.

    Professor Avnon was seeking Professor Lynch’s nomination for a Sir Zelman Cowan fellowship to study curriculums in Australia.

    Professor Lynch turned him down, citing his centre’s pro-BDS policy and claims the Hebrew University had links to the Israeli military and the ongoing occupation of the West Bank.

    If Sydney Uni wants to behave like a racist institution so be it. The better remedy is for the government to withdraw funding until it gets its house in order.

  60. IPA permalink
    November 8, 2013 7:47 pm

    Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed: A Rolling Stone Exclusive

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