In defense of Lou Reed…

Well, it seems that Lou Reed is getting some big negative backlash just because he didn’t want Susan Boyle to sing his anthem, “A Perfect Day”. Reading the comments by fans at TMZ, or perezhilton and other music websites. Lou Reed has been getting so much hate all week. Lou has been called an egomaniac has been, an old washed up loser, people even says no one knows who he is anymore and they even called, the Velvet Underground to be one of the worst bands on planet Earth. Really? Are they serious? Most music fans are siding with Susan Boyle because they feel sorry for her. Do music fans realize who they are hating on? No. I don’t think they realize who they are hating on.

This is Lou Reed. LOU FUCKING REED! This guy is a legend. He’s been in the music business for way over 30 years. This guy’s been playing in rock n’ roll bands since the 1950’s. He didn’t become famous for music until the 1960’s when he formed, The Velvet Underground, with John Cale. Back in the ’60’s when the Velvet Underground got their record deal, their fame was all because of, Andy Warhol. It was Andy Warhol who caught the attention with the music of the Velvet Underground, so he recommended a label to sign the band a record contract. When Nico joined the band, they named their first album after Andy Warhol. That album didn’t do well in record sales but there’s a big part of the legacy of that great record that people don’t understand. After they fired Nico and Andy Warhol, they continued to release albums. They didn’t become mainstream and popular until the album, “Loaded” which was an album full of hits, that album sold well.

Lou Reed had his share of failures and success in his career, but despite of that, the guy accomplished a lot in the music industry over the years. He did so much. Read his wikipedia here, all you need to know about him and the Velvet Underground.

Did Lou Reed get famous over some stupid TV reality show like Susan Boyle did? No. It wasn’t easy for him to get fame. It took him a lot of work to get there. There was no such thing as reality TV back in those days. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Susan Boyle. She’s a decent singer and all, but all those music fans siding with her, don’t understand Lou’s legacy. Lou went through so much over the years. He did way more than Susan Boyle. The people siding with Susan Boyle, I am noticing listen to commercial and mainstream music. Maybe that’s why they don’ t know who Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are. Kids today would listen to stuff like Susan Boyle, Rihanna or Beyonce, but they don’t understand older classic music such as the Velvet Underground.

I’ve also heard them say the Velvet Underground are terrible. Really? The Velvet Underground were one of the best rock n’ roll bands back in those days. They were fuckin’ GREAT! Lou Reed and John Cale made excellent music. I loved songs they wrote together, like “Waiting for the Man”, “Sweet Jane”, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, etc. To those who think Susan Boyle is so great, does she play an instrument and write her own songs? No. She sings other people’s songs. The Velvet Underground never did that. They played their own instruments and wrote everything…and the Velvet Underground happened to be , “Rock and Roll” Hall of Famers!

People should respect the legends of music, not trash them. Lou Reed is an amazing songwriter. He’s still doing music to this day. I think he has a reason to not let Susan Boyle sing his song. I think he is clearly trying to protect his legacy. Since, “A Perfect Day” is a well known anthem, maybe he feels it doesn’t need to be performed on a reality show? It might ruin the legacy of the song. I’m not really sad for Susan Boyle, I’m more sad for Lou Reed ’cause a legend like him doesn’t deserve this backlash and he deserves to be respected. It’s Lou’s music, he has the right to do what he wants with it. Lou’s got my back 100%. I’ve always admired the man’s music for many years. I honestly think Lou did the right thing to not let her sing the song. Just my opinion.

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