Renowned Rock musician Lou Reed, of the Velvet Underground fame, died on October 27 at his home New York. Even post Velvet Underground, he gained tremendous success in his solo music career with conversationalist and poetic lyrics. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, Reed amassed a magnanimous fan following and has his name etched in music history.
Many of his celebrity compatriots, along with his fans, expressed grief on his passing:
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 27, 2013
Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your musical influence will never be forgotten.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 27, 2013
I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 27, 2013
Saddened by news of the passing of Lou Reed. Always so kind and sweet to me in the times we met. A true artist and visionary...
— Billy Corgan (@Billy) October 28, 2013
So sad to hear Lou reed has passed away. A legend.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) October 28, 2013
Also, here's Reed's last tweet/ Facebook post:
The Door http://t.co/IcNmsdM96p
— Lou Reed (@LouReed) October 27, 2013
Here's a short list of some of his best loved songs:
1. A walk on the wild side (1972):
This one had to be first on the list, considering it was his first hit single after Velvet Underground. It is a wonderful piece of surrealist poetry that describes a journey to New York city, and was produced by David Bowie himself. Later, Reed admitted that it the song was inspired by Nelson Algren's 1956 novel of the same name.
2. Heroine (1967)
This was one of Velvet Underground's very popular songs, originally written by Reed in 1964, It illustrated drug abuse and has been frequently interpreted by critics as having vague moral outlines.
3. Pale Blue Eyes (1969)
Part of the third album by Velvet Underground, this song is believed to have actually been written for someone with Hazel eyes—Reed's first love.
4. Kill your sons (1974): This one was very personal to Reed (like many of his songs, actually). In it he describes his experience of having received electro shock therapy as a teenager to “cure his bisexuality”
5. Hello, it's me (1990):
Following the sudden death of their original patron Andy Warhol in 1987, former Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed and John Cale came together to an album titled Songs for Drella (Warhol's nickname) dedicated to him. This was the last song on the album chronological playlist that bids him farewell.
Of course, this is only a part of the epochal and brilliant music created by the legend, that reached out to his fans traversing generations and genres.
Also read: Lou Reed, the genius who transformed rock