Lou Reed was one of the most formative interviews in my career precisely because his brutal honesty made it so challenging. I could not help but notice that, in Elvis Costello’s role as host/inteviewer on the cable television series Spectacle, Costello was literally star-struck when interviewing Lou Reed, who along with John Cale co-founded the Velvet Underground. As a songwriter Costello knows all too well that, for without Lou Reed, there would have been no Glam Rock, no Punk Rock, no New Wave, no Alternative Rock, no future even for the Sex Pistols‘ Johnny Rotten to sing “No future…”.
Part one begins with the pioneering Velvet Underground debut and its far-reaching influence, confirmed here by an amusing story from one David Jones who was living in London an ocean apart from Reed and the Velvets. After hearing an unreleased VU acetate, young Jones changed his name to David Bowie, started a band, and began wearing a dress.
Part two with Lou Reed focuses on his second post-Velvet Underground album containing the Top 20 alterna-hit “Walk on the Wild Side”. Rolling Stone magazine writers rank Transformer at #192 on their Top 500 All Time list, and now Lou, the New York City Man himself, has come in from the “Dirty Boulevard” to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously. –Redbeard