Ya know, since Lou Reed died I’m hearing the Velvet Underground everywhere non-stop, but only the nice stuff. “Jesus” is suddenly everyone’s favorite song, and it’s all about the third album or that mellow live 1969. I mean I like those too but come on, if that’s all there was you wouldn’t even remember who they were. Just another sweet folkie band. You know the Velvet Underground because of Heroin and European Son and Sister Ray. It was all that crazy noise that set them apart. Noise and heavy, ugly lyrics. Heroin is not a pretty song. New York’s not a pretty place.
I think that when someone dies and you only show his sweet, sensitive side you’re insulting him. In death as in life, I say. Turn it up.