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ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/25/04 03:58 AM
Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

Transformer is easily my best-produced album. That has a lot to do with Mick Ronson. His influence was stronger than David’s, but together as a team they are terrific.”

Lou Reed, cited in The Complete David Bowie (2004 edition), p.378



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/25/04 04:04 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“I love what [Bowie] did on Transformer. That’s why it came out that way. What Mick Ronson did, the strings for example, were also pretty good for a little guy from Hull. He was a talented guy…which was amazing cause you could not understand a word when he was talking.”

Lou Reed, cited in The Complete David Bowie (2004 edition), p.378



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/25/04 04:06 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“David Bowie’s background vocals…I love them on his records, I love them when he did them on my record. It’s not the kind of part I would have ever come up with if you left me alone with a computer program for a year. But David hears those parts. Plus he’s got a freaky voice and he can go up high and do that. It’s very, very beautiful. And he’s a great singer.”

Lou Reed, liner notes for NYC Man (2003)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/25/04 04:09 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“I probably never would have had a hit with ‘Wild Side’ if David didn’t produce it. I haven’t had a hit since then, so I assume it’s because David produced it…”

Lou Reed, cited in The Complete David Bowie (2004 edition), p.231



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/25/04 04:10 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“Lou loved Soho, especially at night…He thought it was quaint compared to New York. He loved it because he could have a good time and still be safe. It was all drunks and tramps and whores and strip clubs and after-hour bars, but no one was going to mug you or beat you up. It was very twilight.”

David Bowie, cited in The Complete David Bowie (2004 edition), p.379



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/27/04 09:05 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“…of course, ‘Waiting For The Man’ [is parodic]. In fact, a lot of Lou material, but especially that one, because it sums up his early writing, and his writing has changed considerably since those days. I think the album that we’re gonna do will surprise a lot of people as well. It’s miles different from anything he’s ever done before. On ‘Waiting For The Man’ Lou captured better than anybody the feeling of that particular area of New York and those times.”

David Bowie, NME, 22 July 1972



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/27/04 09:07 AM
Re: Transformer new [re: ziggfried]  

“I am very flattered David sings my songs…[Mick Ronson] plays in exactly the style I want. He’s playing on my new album…The thing about this album is that all the songs are hate songs. My first solo album was all love songs – this is all hate songs. It’s going to be called ‘Transformer’.”

Lou Reed, NME, 14 October 1972



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/02/04 08:15 AM
Reed explains the Bowie beat-down new [re: ziggfried]  

"Yes, I hit [Bowie] - more than once. It was a private dispute...It had nothing to do with sex, politics or rock and roll. I have a New York code of ethics. Speak unto others as you would have them speak unto you. In other words, watch your mouth."

Lou Reed (1979), cited in Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public, 1992 (p.119)



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/02/04 08:38 AM
Awww new [re: ziggfried]  

"The biggest thrill [of travelling to America] was meeting Lou Reed...Not only meeting him but becoming a close friend."

David Bowie, Beat Instrumental, August 1972



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/02/04 08:51 AM
Davey 'n' Dougie new [re: ziggfried]  

"A very funny story about the Velvets, I told Lou this for the very first time in rehearsals the other day and couldn't believe it. When I first came to America - very early 70's - a friend of mine said, 'Oh, the Velvets are on down at the..' I think it was the Electric Circus. So I went down there to look at them and they were wonderful, they did all my favourites..."Heroin".. you know, all the finger clickin' songs, and "White Light" and "Waiting For The Man" and it was so fantastic and after the show was over I went backstage, and Lou Reed came to the door and I started talking to him about all the music, about how much of an influence they had been on me, and I seemed to be the only bloke in Britain who had ever heard of 'em and all that. And we chatted for about an hour and he was wonderful...a really nice guy. A week later when I met my American friend again he said 'What do you mean you talked with Lou Reed, he left the band years ago.' I said, 'I sat down and talked with him,' he said 'No, that was Doug Yule, the guy who'd took over,' I said 'God.' When I told Lou the other day he said 'You know, I did a book signing the other week and I looked at the back of the crowd and I saw Doug Yule at the end of the line waving at me.' (laughs) Now I think Doug Yule has become more mysterious than Lou Reed in a strange way. The enigmatic Doug Yule.."

David Bowie, ChangesNowBowie (BBC Radio One), 8 January 1997




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