May 18, 2006

"And I feel just like Jesus' son."

No, this post isn't about "The Da Vinci Code." It's a nice found video of Lou Reed singing "Heroin," back in 1972, with John Cale playing the electric viola. (Via Boing Boing.) And then Nico sings "Femme Fatale." She's got brown hair here, and she's somewhere along the way in her stupendous decline.

17 comments:

Mark the Pundit said...

I believe the name is Susej now.

Dave said...

Great songs.

Palladian said...

"An IBM computer with a Garbo accent."

Fabulous!

SteveR said...

Reminds me of Rock and Roll Animal from that same era, a truly great live album, "Sweet Jane", "White Light, White Heat"

Ann Althouse said...

I saw the Rock and Roll Animal concert live. (I had to say that.)

SteveR said...

Well I'm impressed, really.

Elizabeth said...

A bipolar friend in high school acquired a guitar with only four strings on it, and played it anyway. Everywhere. Badly. His parents eventually made him take lessons and buy another string, presumably. When the wealthy grandparents came for a holiday visit they trotted him out to perform something for the grans, and he played Heroin. "It's my wife, and it's my life." They kicked him out soon after.

Townleybomb said...

Elizabeth:

Rock and frickin' roll.

PeterVE said...

You saw Rock and Roll Animal? We're not worthy! We're not worthy!

Steve Hunter's intro to Sweet Jane still rings in my head.

Ann Althouse said...

I also saw a concert he did a couple years after R&R Animal, and he was terrible. He was barely capable of performing.

Dawn said...

Ann, did you see Lou play back in '92? He did the entire "Magic and Loss" album, plus most of "Songs for 'drella". It was at the Madison Civic Center.

Magical. Just magical.

Elizabeth said...

Townleybomb, now that same guy teaches second grade. School of Rock!

Ann Althouse said...

Bunker: I don't know if I went anywhere in 1992, but I definitely missed that. Haven't seen Lou since the 70s. Didn't see him before the 70s for that matter. My live Lou Reed consumption is entirely confined to the 70s.

Palladian said...

Lou Reed once flashed me an apologetic look after Laurie Anderson stepped on my hand.

Sadly, I can't describe the circumstances under which these events happened.

SteveR said...

Palladian: I'm just now getting over the mental image of "Steve Hunter's intro to Sweet Jane" and Ann telling us she was there then you throw out that tease.

knoxgirl said...

really, Palladian! How can you drop something like that & then refuse to elaborate! cruelness!

that VU banana album is just so great

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, if only [fill in the name of celebrities] would step on my hand.

I'm fascinated by the if I could just touch the hem of his garment aspect of this, the whole we're not worthy.