According to multiple Tumblr and Facebook posts I've come across over the past 24 hours, Lou Reed once uttered the above words. I've followed the quote back about as far as I can, but I'm not seeing the original source.* Regardless, it does indeed sound like just the sort of thing Reed might say — it's subversive and funny and dark all at the same time. It's a lot like what was best about Reed's music, in my opinion: It's crafted from simple enough elements, but says something that's either powerful or accessible or weird or dangerous (or puzzling). Can you think of a song that better surmises what rock 'n' roll did to you the first time you heard it than The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll"? Can you think of a better lead-off track than Transformer's "Vicious"?
The great enigmatic Reed died yesterday, Oct. 27, at the age of 71 due to liver disease. The Internet has of course already been flooded with remembrances — there have been statements from colleagues like John Cale and fans like Julian Casablancas. Follow me after the jump to see what members of the local rock scene — including PUJOL's Daniel Pujol, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Those Darlins, Hammock, Tyler James, Karen Elson and more — had to say about Reed's passing via Twitter.
* If you know where the alleged Reed quote first appeared, let us know in the comments section. Please feel free to share your thoughts on Reed's death as well.
it's ok if you've never listened to Lou Reed... use his death as the birth of his music in your life
— Tyler James (@tylerjames) October 28, 2013
Listening to the Velvets, "Sunday Morning" on a Sunday evening and reading @LouReed lyrics. Remember his words... pic.twitter.com/h619jVcPYO
— hammock (@hammockmusic) October 28, 2013
What an awful Sunday Morning. RIP Lou
— JP5 (@JP5_unlimited) October 27, 2013
holy shit lou reed no.
— makeupandvanityset (@vanityset) October 27, 2013
Fare thee well Lou Reed http://t.co/VON8O6CUp5 via @youtube
— MILKTOOTH (@milktoothmusic) October 27, 2013
when one of your idols dies, you feel a void in the world. RIP, lou reed.
— Fielded (@ForeverFielded) October 27, 2013
Lou and John Cale. Bataclan 72. Linger on Forever. http://t.co/cT7F61tOD2
— Those Darlins (@those_darlins) October 27, 2013
Velvet Underground live at La Cave Cleveland, Ohio 1968 http://t.co/IYymaW5HVy
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) October 27, 2013
Damn dude RIP Lou Reed
— Promised Land (@PromisedLandTN) October 27, 2013
RIP lou reed vu&nico, loaded , street hassle, Coney Island baby, rock and roll animal, transformer changed my life over and over from death
— PUJOL (@DANIELPUJOL) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed... love all the records you made - http://t.co/J1WhAEzKeO
— Tyler James (@tylerjames) October 27, 2013