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"I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« on: March 14, 2008, 12:31:52 PM »
Lou Reed joins Moby on stage at SXSW

My Morning Jacket, Thurston Moore also pay tribute to Reed

A star-studded tribute to Lou Reed at South by Southwest tonight (March 13) culminated with Reed and Moby performing an extended jam of the Velvet Underground man's classic tune 'Walk On The Wild Side'.

The veteran rocker was honoured by a total of 11 acts including Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & The New Wave Bandits, My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo, Dr. Dog, Joseph Arthur and Oh No! Oh My!

Each band performed one or more seminal tracks by Reed or the Velvet Underground to celebrate the release of the new film 'Berlin', which chronicles Reed's historic five-night stint in 1973 at St Ann's warehouse in Brooklyn where he performed the album 'Berlin' in its entirety.

None of the bands got particularly sentimental during the two-and-a-half hour tribute at the Fader Fort, saying little more than "Thank you" or "It's an honour to be a part of this," during their performances.

Still the crowd remained enthusiastic, even after queuing for hours to get inside the venue.

Moby, the last act on the bill, commended the audience on their endurance before launching into the Velvet Underground's 'Femme Fatale' with a full band and a trio of female vocalists.

Then Reed himself joined Moby on stage to sing and play guitar, and the crowd went wild. At the end of the song, the audience cheered for several minutes. Reed raised his fists in the air and said, "I love punk rock and I was the first one."
The bands played:

What Laura Says Thinks And Feels - 'Run Run Run'
Paper Route - 'Vanishing Act'
Oh No! Oh My! - 'Sunday Morning', 'Candy Says'
Yo La Tengo - 'She's My Best Friend', 'I Found A Reason'
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - 'Heroin', 'New Age'
Mark Kozelek - 'Caroline Says', 'The Kids'
'My Morning Jacket - 'Head Held High', 'Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
Joseph Arthur - Pale Blue Eyes, 'Venus In Furs'
Dr. Dog - 'Who Loves The Sun', 'Ride Into The Sun'
Thurston Moore & the New Wave Bandits - 'I'm Not A Young Many Anymore'
Moby - 'Walk On The Wild Side', 'Femme Fatale' (with Lou Reed)
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 09:30:30 PM »
Was Lou the first?

Who was?

Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground?

The Kingsmen / U.S. Garage Rock?

The Stooges?

MC5?

New York Dolls?

Richard Hell/Television?

The Ramones?

The Sex Pistols?

Any thoughts???

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2008, 09:15:27 AM »
Certainly the Velvet Underground were there before MC5 and The Stooges (as far as I know)...
They didn't call it "punk" then (though that name appeared for certain garage rock bands in the late 60's and was then re-used from about 1975 on). Certainly VU, MC5 and Stooges plus loads of rather unknown garage bands had a big influence on the Punk bands of 1977.
Really difficult to say who was "first". NY Dolls, Ramones etc. existed before the UK "scene"... But it was the UK where Punk "exploded", so much that bands like Heartbreakers (and Saints) moved over.

Guess it will be an eternal discussion about who was first. Just like when you start getting into "who invented rock'n'roll?"...
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2008, 12:47:05 PM »
probably loads of people can claim the 'punk' banner for themselves eh ..from the 60's too ...

who can tell who was or wasnt 'punk' ..i personally hate the whole idea of people arguing over who is or isnt punk ..it annoys me  ,  seeing how the messages in the songs are the same, so who cares .

all i can say is that to me , i liked the whole UK old school scene the best, the Pistols were the most famous of the lot but there were so many band around at that time .... i think the Pistols won that race to the top ....   im happy to have been around for the UK scene starting to gather pace in the 70's so to me that was the era of the true punk bands ..and my favourites were mainly from the UK scene .

long live punk rock ..

 8) 

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2008, 02:29:47 PM »
Nice replies guys - and I agree with both of you - loads of good points.

Mind you, its kind of killed the "Who was first" debate...!!!

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008, 04:41:02 PM »
Ok, we should be nice to elderly people - let's say Uncle Lou was the first!  :P  ;)
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008, 04:55:14 PM »
No!

We want debate!!!

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2008, 05:59:10 PM »
Lou Reed's a tosser and The Velvet Underground were over rated junkies. Discuss. ;D

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2008, 08:15:24 PM »
Lou Reed is great - go see "Berlin" live this summer!

The Velvets could be really great at times and virtually unlistenable at others.

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008, 10:36:17 AM »
Lou Reed's a tosser and The Velvet Underground were over rated junkies. Discuss. ;D

I said: BE NICE to elderly people!!!! Tut, tut...  :P  ;D
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2013, 08:11:00 PM »
Bye Uncle Lou - I'll miss you loads.

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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2013, 09:11:23 PM »
Miss you too Fred.

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Walk on the Wild side.
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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2013, 05:02:26 PM »
Lou tribute tomorrow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03m81dj

"Film tribute to Lou Reed, who died in October, which looks at the extraordinarily transgressive life and career of one of rock 'n' roll's true originals.

With the help of friends, fellow musicians, critics and those who have been inspired not only by his music but also by his famously contrary approach to almost everything, the documentary looks at how Reed not only helped to shape a generation but also helped to create a truly alternative, independent rock scene, while also providing New York with its most provocative and potent soundtrack.

With contributions from Bob Ezrin, Mick Rock, Lenny Kaye, Paul Auster, Moe Tucker, Boy George, Thurston Moore, Andrew Wylie, Victor Bockris, Holly Woodlawn, Mary Woronov and Steve Hunter."


Also repeats of Bowie/John Cooper Clarke shows later if you fancy a night in front of the box.