"The next day, he called me up--it was a Sunday--and it was a nice day out. He asked me if I wanted to go out and take a walk, and I thought, 'Wow, this guy is my hero--I get to spend the day with him.' The way it worked out--I met him on the street and he had the boom box of us playing 'Sister Ray' turned up real loud. Then the next order of business was to go to the deli near Washington Square Park and get two six-packs of sixteen-ounce Buds. He was new in New York. He sat us down on a park bench with these two six-packs and vermin circling around us with music blasting, and I was thinking, 'You know, this is not my idea of fun.'" - Robert Quine on Lester Bangs, interview with Jim DeRogatis, 1997.
"I was a very unsensitive young person and played very unsensitive, uncaring music. Which is Wham, Bam, Pow! Let’s Rock Out! What I expected my audience to do was tear the house down, beat me up, whatever. Why is it that the Velvet Underground’s celebrated lyricsmiths never published a lyrics sheet? Was that to make you strain to hear the lyrics that you could never hear? No. It’s because they were saying, 'Fuck you. If you wanna listen to lyrics, then read the New York Times.' It has nothing to do with the intellectual apprehension of content." - Sterling Morrison, SLUGGO Magazine, 1980.
"I have always thought my lyrics went beyond reportage and took emotional albeit nonmoral stances. In the early lyrics this was often seen as a celebration or glorification of what was commonly seen as sin. Sinful behavior and actions going unpunished." - Lou Reed, Introduction, "Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics," 2008
Q: If you knew forty years ago that you would be interviewed here at the New York Public Library, would you have believed it?
MAUREEN TUCKER: I wouldn’t have. I wouldn’t have. I know that.
LOU REED: I was not capable of thinking forty years ahead.
released November 5, 2012
Performed, produced and mixed by Jasper Leach
Backing vocals on "The Gift" by Christopher Quines, Amanda Pelaske and Paul Korte
Recorded July, October-November 2012 in Berkeley, CA on various broken equipment
Mastered and edited by Paul Korte at Temple Randolph Studios, San Francisco, CA
Cover designed by Christopher Portka and Andrea Moon from a photograph by William Leach
Special THX: Vanessa, Chris Hash, Andrew Bramer, Madelyn, Tom F, M Yoon
Multi-instrumentalist (Myonics, Brazil, Symbolick Jews, Glass Cake, Cold Sun) and producer (Pamela, HLYR); Musical ephemera obsessive. Please direct all praise, threats and requests to jasper dot leach at gmail.