JUKEBOX | LOU REED TRIBUTE | PERFECT DAY

Posted on October 27, 2015 by Trace

   t u e s d a y   t u n e s
—  t r i b u t e  —
October 27 2013
the day the World said
good-bye to
L O U  R E E D.
Not at all a Perfect Day, the loss of an icon:
American Musician Singer/Songwriter/Poet.. 

 “My God is rock’n’roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.”

Reed learnt to play the guitar from the radio, and developed an early interest in rock and roll & rhythm and blues; during high school he played in several bands. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet UndergroundLou Reed then began his solo career in 1972 and released ‘Transformer.

David Bowie and Mick Ronson co-produced the album and it introduced Reed to a wider audience, especially in the UK. When first introduced to Reed’s music, Bowie had said, “I had never heard anything quite like it. It was a revelation to me.”

Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed The hit single “Walk on the Wild Side” was an ironic yet affectionate salute to the misfits and hustlers who once surrounded Andy Warhol. Warhol’s associates inspired many of Reed’s songs as he fell into a thriving, multifaceted artistic scene. Reed rarely gave an interview without paying homage to Warhol as a mentor.

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The song PERFECT DAY has a sombre vocal delivery and slow, piano-based instrumental backing balancing tones of sweet nostalgia : “It’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you.” It was written after Reed and his then fiancée (and later his first wife), Bettye Kronstad spent a day in Central Park.

The song’s lyrics are often considered to suggest simple, conventional romantic devotion, possibly alluding to Reed’s relationship with Bettye and Reed’s own conflicts with his sexuality, drug use and ego.

Some commentators have further seen the lyrical subtext as displaying Reed’s romanticized attitude towards a period of his own addiction to heroin; this popular understanding of the song as an ode to addiction led to its inclusion in the soundtrack for Trainspotting, a film about the lives of heroin addicts.

Rolling Stone Magazine said of Reed in 1975:

“Had he accomplished nothing else, his work with the Velvet Underground in the late sixties would assure him a place in anyone’s rock & roll pantheon; those remarkable songs still serve as an articulate aural nightmare of men and women caught in the beauty and terror of sexual, street and drug paranoia, unwilling or unable to move. The message is that urban life is tough stuff—it will kill you; Reed, the poet of destruction, knows it but never looks away and somehow finds holiness as well as perversity in both his sinners and his quest. . . He is still one of a handful of American artists capable of the spiritual home run.”

tumblr_mh586kwrOb1qzy30io1_1280Reed with Nico; a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s and a member of The Velvet Underground.

In Reed’s last interview on September 4, 2013, Talking of his time with the Velvet Underground, he said:
“Every single one of us there was coming from a university and wanting to do something magnificent. We weren’t there to make money or be pretty or get laid. We were trying to create a diamond. We wanted to make heaven on Earth. We wanted to explode the whole thing, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Anyway, Warhol heard us and he got it right off. There wasn’t a chance of it being commercial but for certain kind of people it was extraordinary. We really, really tried, every single album. We’re not just a bunch of fucking assholes from the street making god knows what kind of music – that’s not it. We were really serious. Just because we’re in jeans and all the rest of it doesn’t mean … y’know, read the lyrics. Cale is one of the greatest instrumental players in the world ever. Maureen Tucker’s drumming – to this day no-one can match the originality of it.”

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In May 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant. Afterwards on his website, Reed wrote of feeling “bigger and stronger” than ever.

On October 27 2013, he died from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, aged 71.


lyrics

Just a perfect day
drink Sangria in the park
And then later
when it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later a movie, too
And then home

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spend it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It’s such fun

Just a perfect day
you made me forget myself
I thought I was
someone else, someone good

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow

 

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