• Street Hassle - Opinion Withdrawl

    12 Jun 2007, 10:32 by mk_qp

    Ok, I was wrong. Street Hassle - I completely slated when I first heard it. What can I say, I couldn't get over Lou's apathetic singing, the repetitive nature of the lyrics and music, and the disgusting mix.

    Then I woke up one night with Lou whispering in my ear, 'Hey cunt, you're missing the point'

    Everything about the record is genius - no other album in the history of rock and roll sums up the mood of a musician. Lou was a filthy and disgusting person in 1978. When he sang 'you're a pig of a person' with 'no morality' on Dirt, he's singing about him-fucking-self. DIRT, DIRT, YOU'RE JUST DIRT, who'll eat shit if there's something to be gained.

    The title track is poetry and contained his best lyrics since the Velvet Underground days. For once he ditched the cheap rhyme and said what was on his mind. Who else but Lou could mix that music with such a flippant but still tender attitude to life. And SPRINGSTEEN is on there, for Christ's sake.

  • Lou Reed's albums of the 70s: A complete review - Part One

    12 Apr 2006, 14:59 by mk_qp

    I finally did it: I listened to every Lou Reed studio album from the 1970s. And here they are, ranked, for your pleasure*! So without further adoodoo, here are the top 10 (nine) Lou Reed albums of the 70s!! Dot dot dot.

    9. Rock And Roll Heart (1976)

    Bringing up the rear (he wishes!) of the list, is Rock and Roll Heart, Lou's amazingly lame follow up to Coney Island Baby. Stuffed with silly brass and piano arrangements (like Brian Wilson gone wrong), there are no memorable tunes here, although you might find some good in the ironic A Sheltered Life. Instead, Lou goes safe (what the hell?) and croons out soap-opera theme music good for playing in the bath. None of it is offensive or outright dirty, however, so it stands to reason that this is Lou's worst studio effort of the 70s.

    8. Metal Machine Music (1975)

    Lou either knew exactly what he was doing or had no idea with Metal Machine Music but I'll go along with the former for the sake of the review. …