I was meaning to post this yesterday but here goes. Today is Lou Reed's birthday (March 2). A true legend from his work with the Velvet Underground to his current album, Lulu (with Metallica). Lou has always done his own thing, never caring or catering to the mainstream. Here is an old favorite with the Velvet Underground, Sunday Morning. The Velvet Underground never achieved mainstream success. I believe one of their albums made it all the way to #199 on the Billboard 200 once, but with their raw lyrics, feedback, and gift of good songs, they were legendary. Brian Eno famously said "“Only five thousand people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band.”. You can hear their influence in every band from REM, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kraftwerk, Nirvana, The Pixies, Roxy Music, My Bloody Valentine, and even David Bowie, who was a fan early on and later recorded Transformer with Lou Reed.
This album would later prove influential to genres such as noise rock, and industrial. I still believe Lou Reed was trolling the entire music industry. Famed journalist Lester Bangs famously said. " "as classical music it adds nothing to a genre that may well be depleted. As rock 'n' roll it's interesting garage electronic rock 'n' roll. As a statement it's great, as a giant FUCK YOU it shows integrity—a sick, twisted, dunced-out, malevolent, perverted, psychopathic integrity, but integrity nevertheless."
Lou Reed is a legend. Never backing down and never comforming to any idea of popularity and keeping his integrity all along the way.