Lou Reed R.I.P.


by Bill Caraher

“If you are one of those people like me who likes ‘good sound,’ you need good speakers, a good stereo, and (as an artist) your price of recording goes up, because you need a good mic, good cables … If you don’t like good sound, go with MP3.”

“There’s no way that a solid-state amp is gonna beat a tube amp. That’s never gonna happen — unless they finally run out of tubes. I think they’ll run out of oil first. You don’t see a war going on to get tubes, do you?”

Lou Reed from his his keynote interview at SXSW 2008.

I remember telling some guy at some stereo store that my favorite album was the Velvet Underground and Nico. That was, and is, true. It’s one of those albums that remind me that I like music more than I like sound.

Lour Reed was one of those cats who loved both music and sound. It always sucks when we lose someone like that.


  1. A big loss for us all! Among other qualities Lou Reed was a true gentleman, very humble and he never let his star status go to his head.
    I’ll never forget the first time he called to place an order, he actually called me. No big star does that. They have their tech or manager call but he was just being a regular guy, for several years when he needed something he would call and I always enjoyed our conversations… he was just very real and without ego (something you rarely find in the music biz). Over the years everyone I’ve dealt with who has worked with him were more in awe of his qualities as a fine human being than anything else, and considering what a great artist he was that says a lot!

  2. And curtains laced with diamonds, dear for you
    And all the Roman noblemen for you
    And kingdom’s Christian soldiers, dear for you
    And melting ice cap mountains tops for you
    Oh, oh, and knights in flaming silver robes for you
    And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you
    Swoop, swoop, oh, baby, rock, rock
    Swoop, swoop, rock, rock
    Swoop, swoop, rock, rock

  3. An enormous influence on rock and music generally, as well as the general culture. The news really did come as a shock, because Lou seemed tougher and, well, punkier, than even the Grim Reaper. Fortunately, his legacy will live on.

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