His Name was Lou, Thanks A Lot

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It’s hard to encapsulate just what Lou Reed meant to the world of music, and as we mark the date of his passing I am certain that you could ask thousands of his fans what Lou’s music meant to them and get thousands of unique answers, but for me he will forever be the singing voice of Mok Swagger from the 1983 animated film Rock N’ Rule.

As silly and superficial as this may seem when considering Lou’s career, that film and especially that character (along with Ziggy Stardust and Alice Cooper) helped me to realize that you can create your own larger than life persona that can shield you from the nastiness of reality while at the same time entertaining others.

So for that, I say simply; “Thanks a lot Lou”.

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6 thoughts on “His Name was Lou, Thanks A Lot

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Besides cracking open the seams of the New York music scene with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed carried himself throughout his career like a rock n’ roll troubadour.
    My favorite album of his is Coney Island Baby.
    Its sounds ground me to reality and echoes a city life, most familiar to my senses.
    Like a car ride under the bridge, through the slums and slick towers, and back home, somewhere in the middle.

    Unmistakable, unforgettable guitar.
    One of the greats.

  2. A great post. I had a brief encounter with Lou Reed when I was a younger man and while our interactions were limited, he was pretty nice to someone who asked way too many questions.

  3. It was on a job and I happened to be near him during some downtime. It was definitely him who broke the awkward silence. Once it was broken, it was hard to shut me up.

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