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Re: "I love punk rock and I was the first one" - Lou Reed
« Reply #47 on: May 31, 2019, 01:39:59 PM »
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Nils Lofgren's latest album, Blue With Lou, contains five previously-unreleased songs he co-wrote with Lou Reed. The album serves not only as a fitting tribute to his late friend and collaborator but a reminder of Lofgren's prowess as a guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, and vocalist.

The backstory? In 1978 Lofgren was working on his album Nils with producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd). The former Grin member had written a handful of tunes with six-string wunderkind Dick Wagner, but there was still a missing element. Ezrin, who'd produced Reed's classic Berlin effort, suggested a meeting with the Velvet Underground maestro. The trio watched football, then talked shop. Lofgren didn't feel his words were his greatest strength; Reed, who could turn a street hustler's toothpick into a novellike set of lyrics, constantly fussed over the music.

Lofgren slipped his newfound friend a tape with 13 tunes, wondering if there'd be synergy. In the wee hours of the morning, some weeks later, Reed woke Lofgren up with a phone call and dictated a set of lyrics for each of the musical numbers. Reed ultimately used three of the tunes for his 1979 set The Bells; Lofgren used some songs for Nils. Others showed up over the next 20-plus years.

https://www.popmatters.com/nils-lofgren-blue-with-lou-2637748783.html
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