I take it that Peter Gabriel covered this song on his recent album of cover songs, called I’ll Kiss Your Ass If You Kiss Mine, or something like that.
As one of the YouTube commentators said:
Please remember that Peter’s version would not EXIST without Lou’s vision and that Peter was INSPIRED by Lou to create his masterpiece.
However, that doesn’t mean you should disregard another commentator’s words:
This version sucks big time. I know he wrote it, so I give him credit. But seriously, this sounds horrible – like something William Shatner would sing. Peter Gabriel took it to a whole new level and Lou Reed’s version just sounds awful by comparison.
Whaddayaknow, here’s Peter performing the song live.
Much like the man’s studio music, how many pointless layers of monochromatic clothing can one man wear? And what’s with his button-up shirt being untucked and hanging two feet below his multiple vests? Sorry, by all rights this post was supposed to praise Lou Reed’s remarkable ability to capture his music the way it is meant sound, but beside maybe three or four songs, Peter Gabriel really annoys me. What goes through one’s mind, what does one feel while sitting in the audience, watching this guy do his New Age healing ritual? Then, every few years, I have to run across some article on his state-of-the-art hydroponic recording studio and that vaunted synth guy who’s been with him since he left Genesis, Larry Fast. For all the ink spent on Larry Fast and his state-of-the-art synyths, has that guy ever produced an interesting measure of music in his life? I’ve got some horrible notions of Peter Gabriel’s target audience that I dare not share. I think it’s better you help me understand what’s been going on all these years. Please explain. Thanks.