Sunday, November 2, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

The Greenwich Village Annual Halloween Parade is always an amazing spectacle, including last night. Lou Reed (1942-2013), New York's rock poet laureate, offered a more haunted, melancholy perspective of the event in his song "Halloween Parade." As the costumes swirled about him, Reed thought of the people no longer around. Above, Reed performed the song with his wife Laurie Anderson on violin in Paris, September 2009. You can also listen to the original and read the lyrics from Reed's 1989 album "New York"–or listen to the entire album, one of his greatest.


Michael J. Mand said...

I used the original in my opening set on Friday's show. Laurie Anderson adds a touch of John Cale (who else?) to "Halloween Parade" on this live version. And 'New York' is certainly one in a long line of strong solo albums from Lou Reed who is sorely missed.

Jeff Tone said...

Missed to be sure. Lou Reed was a complete original.