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Atonalexpress
(acolyte)
04/03/04 11:45 PM
Lou Reed new  

DAVID BOWIE'S CONTRIBUTION to rock & roll has been wit and sophistication. He's smart, he's a true musician and he can really sing. He's got such a big range: I like the Ziggy Stardust voice, but he's got a lot of different voices. He's got his crooner voice, when he wants to. And he has a melodic sense that's well above anyone else in rock & roll. Most people could not sing some of his melodies. He can really go for a high note. Take "Satellite of Love," on my Transformer album: There's a part at the very end, where he goes all the way up. It's fabulous.
There had been androgyny in rock from Little Richard on up, but David put his own patina on it, to say the least. He thought hard about that Ziggy character; he'd been studying mime, and he didn't do it just for laughs. He was very aware of stagecraft. He made an entire show out of that character - and then he left it behind. How smart can you get? Can you imagine if he had to keep doing Ziggy? I mean, if you listened to what critics and audiences say, you'd be playing four songs over and over again. David set himself up to do other characters, like the Thin White Duke. And his take on American soul music, on albums like Young Americans, was incredibly good; the original material he wrote was great.
I can't pick a favorite record. It depends on my mood - any of the dance records; Ziggy Stardust; I always liked "Bewlay Brothers," that track on Hunky Dory. And the albums he did with Brian Eno, like Low and Heroes, are phenomenal. He's always changing, so you never get tired of what he's doing. And I mean all the way up to now: "The Loneliest Guy" on his latest album, Reality, is a great song. Yet another one.
We're still friends after all these years, amazingly enough. We go to the occasional art show and museum together, and I always like working with him. I really love what David does, so I'm happy that he's still doing it and that he's still interested. I saw him play here in New York on his last tour, and it was one of the greatest rock shows I've ever seen. At least as far as white people go. Seriously.

Rolling Stone: New York: The IMMORTALS: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time: Iss. 946; pg. 128, April 15, 2004

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/04/04 11:41 AM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: Atonalexpress]  

"I think Lou Reed is the last person in the world I'd want to kiss."

David Bowie, Q, May 1993

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/05/04 11:28 AM
Lou Reed on Bowie as producer new [re: ziggfried]  

“The people I was around at the time thought Bowie would be the perfect producer for me to make a record that would sell…And it turned out to be totally true, didn’t it?”

Lou Reed (1982), cited in Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public, 1992 (p.81)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/05/04 11:32 AM
Lou about Bowie's bitchiness... new [re: ziggfried]  

“There’s only one person who has a viler temper than mine, and that’s David Bowie.”

Lou Reed (1973), cited in Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public, 1992 (p.84)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/05/04 11:35 AM
Lou responds to "Basquiat" new [re: ziggfried]  

“I saw a picture of [Bowie as Andy Warhol] in a magazine…and I think David told me it’s one of the real wigs. Jesus, he looked like him. He had that expression on his face, an Andy expression. Yeah, I still talk to David, sure. I saw him with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.”

Lou Reed, Q, April 1996

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/05/04 11:41 AM
Bowie, Reed & Society new [re: ziggfried]  

“Any society that allows people like Lou and me to become rampant is pretty well lost. We’re both very mixed up, paranoid people – absolute walking messes…If we’re the spearhead of anything, we’re not necessarily the spearhead of anything good.”

David Bowie (1972), cited in Q, April 1996

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
09/09/04 10:15 PM
The Last Great Performance That He Saw new [re: ziggfried]  

"I saw Lou Reed at Town Hall. I thought that was magnificent. There was something so fundamental about what he was doing, and it gave him so much room to weave anecdotes and witticisms -- things Lou is very good at. That's stimulating, because it means it doesn't matter about the age - it's about intention, integrity and the power to move people."

David Bowie Interview, Rolling Stone, September 10, 2003


ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/15/04 10:44 PM
Humbled by Louis new [re: Atonalexpress]  

“I was petrified that [Lou Reed] said yes to working with me in a producer’s capacity. I had so many ideas and I felt so intimidated by my knowledge of the work that he had already done…It seemed like Lou had this great legacy of work, which indeed he did have.”

David Bowie, cited in the digipack edition of Transformer liner notes (2002)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/15/04 10:47 PM
Post-Transformer Interview new [re: ziggfried]  

Interviewer: The album (Transformer) was recorded in London?
Lou Reed: The album was recorded in a really great studio named Trident.
Interviewer: And David Bowie produced?
Lou Reed: David and Mick Ronson. Musn’t forget Mick, mustn’t, mustn’t…It’d be naughty.
Interviewer: Naughty?
Lou Reed: That’s what they say in England, when you say something, they say, ‘Nah, that’s naughty!’”
Interviewer: They don’t say that in New York?
Lou Reed: No, man, they’d punch you out if you did.
Interviewer: How did you like working with David?
Lou Reed: I loved working with David. David’s…terrific empathy. (audience laughs)…Not that way!
Interviewer: How do you account for…during his performance at Carnegie, he dedicated what seemed like an entire half-hour to Lou Reed, and did a couple of Lou Reed tunes?
Lou Reed: I guess he likes ’em.

Interview at Hempstead, New York, 26 December 1972, on the American Poet CD (2000)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/15/04 10:53 PM
Lou gets the remixin' urge new [re: ziggfried]  

Uncut: Last time we spoke, you said you were thinking of remixing the whole of Transformer
Lou Reed: Huh? No. I never said that…
Uncut: But you…aw, fuck it.
Lou Reed: Wait, that is a great idea though! I’ve worked with this Italian remixer about ways of looking at “…Wild Side” with MP3s. You may be thinking of that. And that may be on this new version of the NYC Man album that’s coming out. But really – transform Transformer? What a great idea. You call me like this and that’s a great idea! Thank you, my friend. We could mess about with David Bowie’s saxophone, put it way back in the mix…that is really fun! That is such a great idea. I thank you.

Uncut magazine #87, August 2004

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



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/04/04 10:23 AM
The Tin Machine guy mentions Lou. new [re: ziggfried]  

"I think Lou writes in a much more detached manner from me. Lou's the kind of guy who sits back and watches what's going on and takes notes. He's very New York. I feel he could have been a feature writer of some kind if he wasn't a musician. He'd write these little essays and they'd go in New Yorker or maybe something a bit punchier like Bomb magazine. He's a natural journalist. He's almost become a kind of musical Woody Allen. The writer, the observer, the Samuel Pepys of New York."

David Bowie, Q, June 1989



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/04/04 10:25 AM
...and again. new [re: ziggfried]  

"I just think as [Lou]'s growing older he's becoming the writer that he was probably always going to become. A short story writer. He writes in the narrative form very clearly. For me there's still a lot of symbolism or instinctive or emotive lyric writing - I don't know where it comes from - that explains the way I feel or the atmosphere I'm in. There's a couple of lines in "Crack City" on this album - They'll bury you in velvet/And place you underground - which had intent. The drug dirge - and this is not a slight on Lou because Lou is clean - the sound that one associates with that particular lifestyle is very much personified by the early Velvets. I had hoped that I gave that away in those two lines."

David Bowie, Q, June 1989



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/09/05 10:53 AM
Bill and Dave and Lou. new [re: ziggfried]  

“Lou Reed is the most important writer in modern rock. Not because of the stuff he does, but the direction that he will take it. Half the new bands would not be around if it were not for Lou. The movement that Lou’s stuff has created is amazing. New York City is Lou Reed. Lou writes in the street-gut level and the English tend to intellectualize more.”

David Bowie (interviewed by William S. Burroughs), “Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman,” Rolling Stone, 28 February 1974



shadowplay
(grinning soul)
04/11/05 12:01 PM
Simply put new [re: Atonalexpress]  

"Lou Reed, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriters and singers of our time."

David Bowie, My World - Mirabelle Magazine, July 1973



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/29/05 01:16 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: Atonalexpress]  

“There are very, very few parallels between me and Lou Reed. I think I've only ever written one song like his, and that was "Queen Bitch," and it was only recognised as a Lou Reed song - and I know this for a fact - because I wrote next to it "For Lou".”

David Bowie, Melody Maker, February 1978



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/29/05 01:18 PM
Re: Lou Reed [re: ziggfried]  

"...don't think my career was based on those two songs ["Queen Bitch" and "Andy Warhol"], and there is very little else that I have done that is anything near approaching what Lou Reed does or has done. I find it very hard to find a comparison between me and Lou.

I've never written about street people of such, or the gossip of the day, walked like him, dressed like him, looked like him or even performed like him. I think that's really shallow. We got on very well. I found him very witty, in a very New York way, And the same again, I might add, applies to young Iggy as well, 'cause I've also read that a coupla times.

But, you know - and I did it partly for the amusement factor - I've always noticed that if I put out certain names as my influences to see if people would pick up on them and then say I was definitely influenced by them, then every time I've done it it has always come back. Always, always, always!

I could say that my greatest influence, in fact, was Tiny Tim, and they'll say, "ah, of course! Quite obviously David Bowie has lifted an enormous amount from Tiny Tim." Always it works in that fashion.

I don't blame anybody because I do it purposely - I certainly used to do those red herrings just to see how it affected people - but it amused me that they would take something like that and convolute it and make it into a statement of their own."

David Bowie, Melody Maker, February 1978



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/29/05 01:21 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"I haven't talked with Lou for a long time, so it's hard to know exactly what was at the back of his mind [when he made Metal Machine Music]. Of course, he promptly started producing very commercially-orientated albums after that, so I don't quite know whether that was a ploy to lever himself off RCA....And he went back to his basic theme, writing about that kind of netherworld. I don't think he's too interested in writing about anything else, though. I don't know - I think Lou stays in New York too much. Having said that, of course, I now, hear that he's staying in Japan, so it's not entirely true."

David Bowie, Melody Maker, February 1978



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/01/05 05:25 AM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"...as I mentioned before, I'm something of a grasshopper, and I tend to flit from one thing to another. That's probably one of my biggest faults; that's something I've had to pull together. I've had to stop doing that sort of thing, because it's not fair to the artists concerned. In Lou's case it doesn't matter, because Lou's quite a survivor. But with the others…"

David Bowie, Circus, April 1976



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/13/05 02:06 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

“You know, David’s on my Raven album. I asked David if he would do this thing with me, he lives here...People don’t realise we’ve been friends for a very long time. I played him some of the songs and he picked “Hop Frog.” That’s the one he wanted to sing. Who knows why? I was happy he was gonna do anything. So he came and did it.

"I was very pleased, I like what David does. Specially when he’s doing background vocals and starts singing up high, I like that. I love what he 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. It was impossible. But David’s really good. It was fun to have him do these background vocals because it’s really got a sound to it when he sings them.”

Lou Reed, interviewed by Jerome Soligny for Rock&Folk, October 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/25/05 09:47 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

“I had been asked to play at one of the many early benefit concerts that were fast becoming the rage, this one for saving Wales (maybe it was whales). The importance of this show [the Royal Festival Hall, 8 July 1972], other than it being a classy venue, was that it gave me the perfect opportunity to introduce to the British public one of my major influences, Lou Reed.

Not that you’d believe it now, as many claim Lou Reed as their own, but Lou and the Velvets were virtually unknown outside of New York. They had a small cult following throughout the States but it would surprise me if there were more than a few thousand or so fans in all.

At least they were written about over there. In Britain, they didn’t exist. No one wrote about them, pictured them or made a noise about their music. If they did have fans on the press, then those fans were extremely reluctant to let their enthusiasm be known.

The same goes for Iggy and the Stooges. No one anywhere, but for those small pockets in the States, had taken any notice of these two great artists and, if there was one thing I was good at doing, it was being a proselytising rock fan and talking up my favourites. Tonight I was going to present one of them at this really high profile event. Since my earlier Ziggy and, more particularly, my Hunky Dory interviews where I had name checked Lou in regard to ‘Queen Bitch,’ I had seen a slight increase in coverage for him in the Brit press. All I needed now was a couple of Brit shows and a new album to get him a brand new listening public here and in Europe. We would start the new album, Transformer, in August after the festival show.

Therefore, for me this encore segment of the show was the highest of thrills. Lou had gone shopping for an extraordinary and what looked to me to be a glam-ish Mexican number, in black and silver. As another gesture to this glam thing he had also put on lots of eye make-up over a white skin base. Very fetching and a little ominous. Just right, of course. We had a ball, playing and singing together, racing full tilt through ‘White Light/White Heat,’ ‘Sweet Jane’ and the essential ‘Waiting For The Man.’

David Bowie, Moonage Daydream (2002), p. 58 (2005 ed).



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/25/05 09:48 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

“I remember that I spent most of my time [at the Café Royal Party, 4 July 1972] chatting and laughing with Jagger and Lou Reed (who, by the way, can be wickedly funny). The Lou ‘kiss’ picture, of course, is merely a lean-in to yell something about the volume produced by the DJ.”

David Bowie, Moonage Daydream (2002), p. 277 (2005 ed).



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/26/05 11:44 AM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"[Lou Reed's] so damn fine...And they throw up all this mystery around him, and all this bloody silliness. Can't they understand that he's just a New York cat, and this is JUST what he is. You know, it would be so nice if people would be able to see that beneath it all, we're all very easy people...And maybe in a lot of ways...very simple. If only they could see. Oh God, this intellectual confusion that surrounds us all...Why...why...why?"

David Bowie, NME, 12 May 1973



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/26/05 11:48 AM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"Don't like [Roxy Music]. I saw them at the Bowie concert [20 August 1972], and we were all there waiting to be impressed. They bored me."

Lou Reed, NME, 14 October 1972



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/20/06 12:25 PM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"David was a really smart guy. He and Mick Ronson were two of the few people who know how to play the Velvets stuff. And, of course, when he produced me I had hits. "Walk On The Wild Side" paid the bills for years so I loved David forever for that."

Lou Reed, 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/19/07 08:28 AM
Re: Lou Reed new [re: ziggfried]  

"Lou is still a very dear friend of mine. I wouldn't say we're practically neighbors, because he lives quite a long way away from me, we're both downtown, though. We run into each other all the time, we e-mail, and we're pretty good buddies. But looking back on the album that we did together (Transformer), it's a real good album..I'm really pleased we did it, you know. It would have been awful had we not actually worked together while we were both comparatively young guys."

David Bowie, Weekly Dig, December 2003




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