Today’s strip (in part) and recommended listening are both tributes to a wonderful musician who had a significant impact in the music world. Lou Reed passed away from complications stemming from a liver transplant at the age of 71.
Personally, the Velvet Underground is one of my favorite bands. No matter the stress, no matter the worry, I can always put on White Light, White Heat, and just ease back into placidity. My introduction to them was actually by way of Mazzy Star. Her cover of “Sweet Jane” on the soundtrack of Natural Born Killers peaked my interest into an obsession as a kid. Their sound was cut down and masterfully written. It’s weird to think about now, but they broke through many taboos with their music. Today’s track was recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol’s Plastic Inevitable multimedia tour, and is easily one of my favorite picks. Though considered as a foray into a delicate form of paranoia, I tend to think of “Sunday Morning” as more universal, and appropriate for helping cope with any type of situation, even the loss of a rock hero. So, here’s to Lou Reed, the weird genius of art rock. He will be greatly missed.
“Sunday Morning” by Velvet Underground
album Velvet Underground & Nico