Lou Reed, best known as founder and lead singer of iconic rock band The Velvet Underground who later had solo hits such as "Walk On The Wild Side" from the classic album "Transformer", passed away today.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Lou Reed was credited as inspiration for other artists and legends from David Bowie to Iggy Pop, who called his death today "devastating news".
Lou Reed co-founded The Velvet Underground with roommate John Cale on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 60's. Their debut album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico", featured iconic cover art by Andy Warhol.
Going solo in 1972, it was 1973's sophomore album, "The Transformer" album that garnered the hit "Walk On The Wild Side", which has since been sampled by rappers as A Tribe Called Quest and Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg). In 1975 famously released a double-album, "Metal Machine Music", composed entirely of guitar feedback and noise.
Lou Reed passed away in Southampton, New York, of complications stemming from his April 2013 liver transplant. According to a physician, Dr. Charles Miller (head of the liver transplant program at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed was staying until a few days ago), Mr. Reed "was doing his Tai Chi exercises within an hour of his death, trying to keep strong and keep fighting.”
I remember sitting in my room as a child playing old 12" vinyl of Donna's Casablanca Records days,
like the full version of "No More Tears" that had no b-side. Completely blank on the other side.
This remix album that was released, "Love To Love You, Donna" is a worthy tribute to some of her greatest work, with some of my favorite producers remixing classics like "Last Dance" (Masters At Work), "I Feel Love" (Afrojack), and the leading track and album's centerpiece, a STUNNING reinterpretation of "Love To Love You Baby" by the song's original producer, the legendary Giorgio Moroder (who also produced the previously-unreleased "La Dolce Vita"), turning the classic sexy track into a slow EDM groove with Scarface-soundtrack-worthy keys.
The one I keep playing over and over again, is this REALLY fun remix of "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)", which turns the late-disco classic into an 80's explosion of a Nu-Dance , complete with lush synths and drum programming and a DOPE vocoder line.
I'm a sucker for a really good dance remix and the accompanying video (above), that was remixed for the album's promotion just makes me miss Donna that much more.
Please cop that remix album, available via all digital outlets everywhere.
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