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A tribute to Lou Reed

A tribute to Lou Reed
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“Both guitars got the fuzz tone on/The drummer’s standing upright pounding along/A howl, a tone, a feedback whine/Biker boys meet the college kind/How in the world were they making that sound?/Velvet Underground”

Jonathan Richman, 1992


1. The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy88-5pc7c8 (original video)

2. The Go-Betweens – Karen


3. The Pastels – Nothing To Be Done


4. Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbDekaqw3lQ (live, 1977)

5. Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey


6. Spacemen 3 – Revolution


7. Suicide – Dream Baby Dream


8. Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPytYrYqDbA (original video)

9. Television – Marquee Moon


10. The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCManydw8aw (live, 1978)

11. Pulp – Common People


12.  Bushwalking – No Enter 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce6VcZUZ0zc (live, 2013)

13. Thee Open Sex – Light Of Love


14. Smog – Bathysphere


15. Roxy Music – Virginia Plain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDULlMa8Hxc (live, 1972)

16. Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll


17. Orange Juice – Falling And Laughing


18. Mazzy Star – Be My Angel


19. Primal Scream – Loaded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDK2svrGG_c (original video)

20. The Black Angels -Young Men Dead


21. The Strokes – Last Nite


22. Patti Smith – Land


23. Nirvana – Here She Comes Now


24. The Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To


25. Pavement – Summer Babe (Winter Version)


26. Joy Division (New Order) – Ceremony


27. Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste


28. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends


29. The Saints – This Perfect Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0B95FjppEs (live, 1977)

30. David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBQ-S6njQQw (live, 1972)

31. The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket


32. Neu! – Hallogallo


33. The Garbage & The Flowers – Nothing Going Down At All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsozoOUMEzc#t=42 (live video)

34. Bitch Prefect – Bad Decisions


35. James X Boyd & The Boydoids – Elissa Says


36. The Raincoats – The Void


37. Cabaret Voltaire – Here She Comes Now


38. Beat Happening – Foggy Eyes


39. Look Blue Go Purple – Cactus Cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmlfuEukMs (original 1986 video)

40. Hookworms – Away/Towards


41. The Clean – Anything Could Happen


42. Can – Yoo Doo Right


43. Shop Assistants – Somewhere In China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyY6H8AXeIw (live, 1985?)

44. The Fall – Repetition


45. Marine Girls – Honey


46. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5zFsy9VIdM (live, 1977)

47. Violent Femmes – Good Feeling


48. Electrelane – On Parade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwLu4h1Q9U0 (acoustic)

49. The Stooges – Real Cool Time


50. Pere Ubu – Non-Alignment Pact


51. The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5iHouB9ODk (live, 1979)

52. Tangerine – Feel This Way


53. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Overground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHnG0y-vkk (John Peel session, 1978)

54. Pylon – Stop It

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwtxUwoWr6M (live, 1978)

55. Wire – Mannequin


56. Television Personalities – A Sense Of Belonging


57. The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P96cFKd4irY (original video)

58. Throbbing Gristle – United


59. Hissey Miyake – Ghosts


60. Tronics – TV On In Bed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOgz1OCrswM (the greatest!)

61. Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsMefrj_ICE (live, 1978)

62. The Psychedelic Furs – We Love You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDoyK9Dx4_o (early, live)

63. Dirty Three – Some Summers They Drop Like Flys


64. Pussy Galore – Dick Johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IK9pBpOFpk (original video)

65. Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTtOXIhrow (original video)

66. The Vaselines – Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam


67. Rainy Day – I’ll Keep It With Mine


68. CocoRosie – Child Bride


69. Jonathan Richman and Mo Tucker – I’m Sticking With You


70. Hole – Pale Blue Eyes


71. Howe Gelb – Felonious



They were wild like the USA
A mystery band in a New York way
Rock and roll, but not like the rest
And to me, America at it’s best
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

A spooky tone on a Fender bass
Played less notes and left more space
Stayed kind of still, looked kinda shy
Kinda far away, kinda dignified.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Now you can look at that band and wonder where
All that sound was coming from
With just 4 people there.

Twangy sounds of the cheapest types,
Sounds as stark as black and white stripes,
Bold and brash, sharp and rude,
Like the heats turned off
And you’re low on food.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.
Like this…

Wild wild parties when they start to unwind
A close encounter of the thirdest kind
On the bandstand playing, everybody’s saying
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Well you could look at that band
And at first sight
Say that certain rules about modern music
Wouldn’t apply tonight.

Twangy sounds of the cheapest kind,
Like “Guitar sale $29.99,”
Bold and brash, stark and still,
Like the heats turned off
And you can’t pay the bill.
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Both guitars got the fuzz tone on
The drummer’s standing upright pounding along
A howl, a tone, a feedback whine
Biker boys meet the college kind
How in the world were they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Wild wild parties when they start to unwind
A close encounter of the thirdest kind
On the bandstand grooving, everybody moving
How in the world are they making that sound?
Velvet Underground.

Jonathan Richman

You can find the Spotify playlist here, and the Rdio playlist here (with a few bonus added tracks). Many thanks to Mike and Scott for doing these.

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