Sep 122010

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.


  6 Responses to “Lou Reed…As His Music Was Meant to Sound”

  1. mikeydread

    Im listening to The Blue Mask (on vinyl) so I’ll have to get back to you on that.

  2. mikeydread

    Peter Gabriel: the Deepak Chopra of rock.

  3. Mr. Moderator

    BINGO, mikeydread!

  4. yeah, i think this thread is about 2 great innovators who both should have found something new to do around 20-30 years ago.

  5. 2000 Man

    Larry Fast? Wow, I haven’t heard him mentioned anywhere in forever. I don’t know why, but for some reason I bought an album by a band he was in called Iam Siam. I also had a Synergy alum, but man, it was awful so I’m not surprised it’s not around here anymore.

    Anyway, the album I have is called She Went Pop and it’s a concept album about some aliens called the Lamorians, and they get people to worship movie stars or something. I still have the record and I might play some of it, but then again, I think it’s really dumb if I recall correctly. Wanna see just how dumb?

    Then there was this:

    It’s ten minutes you’ll never get back, so watch at your own risk. Oh, and no, I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this album.

  6. misterioso

    You know, if you bumped into me on the street and asked me whether I was a fan of Lou Reed or Peter Gabriel, I would probably say, “Yeah, sure!” But if one were to then ask, “okay, what do you own by them?” (excluding VU albums) then I would have to answer “a couple of Lou’s cds and, um, nothing by Gabriel.” And if one were then to ask “and how often do you listen to these?” the answer would have to be “not very often.”

    Maybe this is what it boils down to: I think both are smart and talented guys in the abstract, whose work, when push comes to shove, only slightly interests me. Gabriel also loses points big time for having anything to do with Kate Bush.

    I feel kinda bad putting it that way, but that’s the way it looks.

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