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Lou Reed: Street HassleStreet Hassle (1978)
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For those who aren't aware, Lou Reed is known as the Godfather of Punk. It's a monicker he's avoided at all costs since punk music first hit the scene in the mid-`70s. Lou always considered himself too literate, too intelligent to be called the progenitor of a music scene known more for its style th.
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For those who aren't aware, Lou Reed is known as the Godfather of Punk. It's a monicker he's avoided at all costs since punk music first hit the scene in the mid-`70s. Lou always considered himself too literate, too intelligent to be called the progenitor of a music scene known more for its style than its substance (whether it deserved it or not).

Street Hassle was Lou's bitch-slap to the punk scene. It was a reminder that in order to talk the talk you better fuckin' walk the walk. Anyone who grew up in the `80s (I was born in `73) may not know that Lou put himself at the front of the gay movement in the `70s. He claimed that he was what mainstream America feared: A gay man who won't take shit. A gay man who'll stand there onstage and inject heroin, tying the mic chord around his upper arm. A gay man who dated a transsexual for much of the mid-`70s (and to whom the title track of Street Hassle is dedicated). Hell, the first track opens with Lou having a conversation with himself, calling himself a "fuckin' faggot."

If you are new to Lou, this album may take a few spins for you to truly appreciate its value. Always the quintessential New York poet, the album oozes with his very personal, very disturbing portraits of the city's darkened alleys and streets.

Several concerts in Germany were recorded and used as the skeleton for this LP. The arrangements are pretty bare with Lou's voice way in front of the mix. On "Real Good Time Together," it's basically just Lou's voice played through some HEAVY reverb, until the final chorus kicks in. The title track may be the greatest love song in his entire catalog (with arguably the best bass line of any Lou Reed song, saved until the final 2 minutes of the 11+ minute track).

I wanna be black, I wanna have some natural rhythm, and shoot twenty feet of jism, too. And fuck up the Jews.
THIS is punk. This is style backed up by substance. It's Lou taking the back of his hand to all of the poseurs and wannabes and saying, "This is how it is done." Look at the album jacket. Lou, staring through his black shades at the camera...one of the most "punk" album covers of all time.

 

 
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crosstalker (July 29, 2007)

first off, this cd has it's moments. it's not great, and in no way bad. secondly and most importantly i am sick of lou reed being touted as the godfather of punk. if there should be any labeling of that title it deserves to go to jonathan richman.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

velvet undeground had such an interesting history.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Its usually because you steal shit from the band and pawn it to pay for your smack, then call me to pick you up from whatever dump you end up in, then pick a fight with me when I do pick you up. This happens about twice a week.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Ken always acts like a dick when I do my heroin.

Mr_Pink (October 25, 2005)

Try the recent NYC Man comp. It samples every period of his career. You're guaranteed to not like some of it, and there are some odd selections, but it covers all the bases. His live version of "I'll Be Your Mirror" is better than the original Nico version, too.

exploitedyouth (October 25, 2005)

I've never heard any of Lou Reed's solo stuff i like Velvet Underground, so what would be a good album to start on.
Also everytime i hear about him i remeber reading somewhere that he would ask people if he could shit in their mouth when he met them, but thats unrelated.

~exploitedyouth~

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Anyone who thinks heroin is punk has obviously never had a friend whowas on heroin.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

In the second line it should say mad, not made and one line below should say" that this" and not "that that". sorry about the mistakes but im high. yeah for me.

i have a wide screen and would like you to know that the lines of which your mistakes occur depend on what kind of screen a person has or what kind of aspect ratio or something they are using. for me, both mistakes are on the second line.

but if i go use my home comp(this is my library's) i bet the mistakes would be on different lines.

that is so intersting to me

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

In the second line it should say mad, not made and one line below should say" that this" and not "that that". sorry about the mistakes but im high. yeah for me.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

lou reed is commonly considered proto-punk along with others such as iggy and the stooges and the mc5's. i don't really see how this isn't appropriate for this site since this is punk rock history and its roots. i especially don't see why some people would be made at this album being reviewed when no one complained about the coheed and cambria which is a pop- prog rock concept album. i would say that that album is the one out of place and not lou reed. Punk rock would be very different today if it were not for the bravery of lou reed and those already mentioned. I mean who's more "punk", lou reed or fall out boy singing about there girlfriends.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

didnt he do mambo number five

moneenerd (October 24, 2005)

I like the reviews, punk or not. but yeah maybe they should consider renaming PunkNews to something more appropriate.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

yeah I didnt get it either. it wasnt long ago there was a dead prez review, and one of the 'non punk joke reviews' was the 2nd strokes cd, when theres (after checking) THREE reviews for their first album,plus atleast one live review.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Punknew's homepage has both an article about the Deftones and an ad for Dangerdoom - and that got me wondering: why exactly were those reviews pulled?

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

""A gay man who won't take shit"

.........EXCEPT ON HIS DICK!!! OMG IMA ROLLERSKATE TO THE FRIDGE TO GET SOME LMAONADE."

Brilliant. I kneel at your feet.

Mr_Pink (October 24, 2005)

Go with Blue Mask or Legendary Hearts before this one. Robert Quine and Lou together were incredible. "The Last Shot" is damn near the most honest song about drug addiction ever recorded. Lou Reed has put out some real head-scratchers over the years, but everything between Berlin and New Sensations is at least worth checking out.

Dante3000 (October 24, 2005)

Kenjamin, that's fucking cool. My parents are such homophobes I doubt they'd ever listen to Lou Reed (or attend said Jazz fastivities once they knew who he was).
As for the dude below me...will it be pink lemonade?
-Dante

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

YES!!! NO ONE MADE THIS COMMENT YET...I WIN!!

"A gay man who won't take shit"

.........EXCEPT ON HIS DICK!!! OMG IMA ROLLERSKATE TO THE FRIDGE TO GET SOME LMAONADE.

davebrave4 (October 24, 2005)

This review would be much better if the reviewer added some valuable London punk history amidst the review. Too bad he didn't take the initiative.

Haven't heard much Lou Reed, but I know a lot about him. He's definitely one of the more influencial people to the punk scene-right up there with Iggy Pop and the rest.

superdude (October 24, 2005)

Yeah, I mean "threw"

Sirens (October 24, 2005)

hahahhaaaa

superdude (October 24, 2005)

This review wasd pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Dude, avitaors are sooooo last year.

2. Did he get pissed off when the person through that red Nerf ball at him?

3. Punk wasn't even inveted until Dookie and Smash dropped. Get this off the site.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Shitty, boring review. Pretty good music.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Like this album very much

Street Hassle the song is amoung my top 5 favorite Lou Reed songs!

Bettina

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"herion" by Velvet Underground is one of the best songs i have ever heard.

GreenVandal (October 23, 2005)

I want to see this hilary duff review. I want to see that dude who is jissing all over her fair name try to defend her fomr the oncoming onslaught.

That guy makes me laugh so hard. There is nothing quite as funny as watching intelligent people try to defend their vices.

kenjamin (October 23, 2005)

Dante, I actually saw Lou Reed headline a jazz festival so your assumptions aren't too far off. when my dad told me he bought these tickets and some guy name Lou Reed was headlining, I couldn't believe it.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Street Hassle is one of the highest points of Lou's brilliant career to date. The first three tracks in particular are a great opening for any album, but the title track is up there as one of the truly GREAT rock songs. My only disappointment when I saw Lou live a couple of years ago was that he didn't make more of this track.

NoUse (October 23, 2005)

What?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I bet the poseur (whoa, first I've used that term in a while!) below me really digs on "No Use."

-Will

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"THIS is punk. This is style backed up by substance. It's Lou taking the back of his hand to all of the poseurs and wannabes and saying, "This is how it is done." Look at the album jacket. Lou, staring through his black shades at the camera...one of the most "punk" album covers of all time. "

If this is punk, punk sucks.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

lou reed loves what guy?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Loud Reed loves this guy . . .

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I actually like this album better than any of the below. It's just so fucking street, it's funny.

-Will

gladimnotemo (October 23, 2005)

What about Transformer? Berlin? Metal Machine Music (well...yeah, I guess)? I am pretty sure this album pales in comparison to those.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I wish they still made album covers like that.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

there was also gorillaz, 311 and 2 others. There was a total of 11.

CallingLondon (October 23, 2005)

i would say lou reed is more like the father of punk. he's responsible for its creation. the ramones are more like the godfathers because they took punk rock into their care raised it like it was their own child. ya know?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Lou Reed is one of those talented and intelligent artists you would never want to meet in person.
Rude and king of being decadent and if that´s punk then he´s the real deal or maybe he´s just personifying New York city?

Dante3000 (October 23, 2005)

I know so little about Lou Reed it's retarded. His name just reminds me of a jazz musician.
Anyhow, it bothers me that in the same review you mention how Lou Reed thought he was too smart for punk and then said he was,
A gay man who'll stand there onstage and inject heroin, tying the mic chord around his upper arm.
I mean I'm sure a lot of punks did a lot of dumb shit back in the day but they weren't claiming to be too smart for anything. To make that kind of statment (or general feeling) about punk and then not only admitt but glorify something like heroin use is totally retarded.
And that "Walk on the Wild Side" song is pretty awesome, once every month at most.
-Dante

cdogg (October 23, 2005)

"ok good, i thought i dreamed up the limp bizkit and hillary duff reviews...seriously"

I don't like how the PunkNews editors are fucking with us. There was 6 or 7 crazy reviews up from about midnight to 2am last night. I can remember the following:

John Lennon
Deftones
Hilary Duff
Limp Bizkit
Velvet Revolver
Danger Doom
Atmosphere

The Hilary Duff one was extremely long but well-written.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I saw this yesterday at the used record store but didnt get it..ill have to go back

cjmarsicano (October 23, 2005)

You can't go wrong with anything Lou Reed puts out.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

ok good, i thought i dreamed up the limp bizkit and hillary duff reviews...seriously

skaboom (October 23, 2005)

What happened to Limp Bizkit and Hillary Duff?

the_wang (October 23, 2005)

score is for transformer

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

i quit reading the review after i read lou reed is the 'godfather of punk' ....nope sorry

id vote but the only lou reed ive heard was velvet underground, which i love ....oh yeah, and that walk on the wild side song

steveman (October 23, 2005)

Check out the bling on his glasses and the teeth. Score is for those.

Anchors (October 23, 2005)

This isn't a ten.

Lou Reed's best solo album is "New York," but this sure ain't bad.

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