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'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Uncle Charles Routine » 11 May 2018, 09:32

He never bettered this, did he?*



the opening NOTE alone (F, I think) brings enormous joy (is it possible that certain tones result in higher serotonin levels?)

but then there's just one wonder after another! it's like the thing was engineered to please




*if you want to dispute this, then by all means do so, but let's not have another Matt Wilson-type borefest with pointless lists of albums or references to grim no-songs shit like Magic and Loss
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 11 May 2018, 09:36

As ever, I'm siding with the populist masses, and will declare to my dying day that Walk on the Wild Side is Lou Reed's finest solo moment.

Never liked much else he did (SoL included) outside of VU and Metal Machine Music.
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Postby fange » 11 May 2018, 09:42

Love it deep down to my core.

Did he ever make a better song solo? Tough question; i find it hard to be objective about his solo stuff, which i can find both heavenly and hellish. But definitely top tier.
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Postby Goat Boy » 11 May 2018, 10:32

The lass wants it played at her funeral.

Nuff said
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Postby hippopotamus » 11 May 2018, 11:11

I once teared up at "Things like that drive me out of my mind".

I still have no idea how a man like that manages to squeeze out such sincerity.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby slightbreeze » 11 May 2018, 11:34

Highlight of the album by a mile. The only Lou song that ever made me smile.

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Postby Robert » 11 May 2018, 11:51

Yes absolutely a great song, only bettered by a bootleg version of it at a Hempstead gig.

edit: Must be Hampstead studio's New York where he made a life performance.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 11 May 2018, 14:32

Better than the Velvets version, but not my favorite Lou song. That would probably be something from Magic and Loss.

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Postby clive gash » 11 May 2018, 14:36

Street Hassle beats it for me but, yeah, it’s great (and I really can’t be bothered with much else by him, his Warner years serious artist period is Zzzzzzz).
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Postby Dayodead » 11 May 2018, 16:30

Fourth or fifth favorite song on the album...

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Postby bobzilla77 » 11 May 2018, 16:36

Yeah, top notch, lots of little moments adding up to big pleasure.
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Postby Sneelock » 11 May 2018, 16:57

a highlight on an album full of highlights. I think "transformer" just keeps sounding better.
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Postby Uncle Charles Routine » 11 May 2018, 17:18

sneelock wrote:I think "transformer" just keeps sounding better.


It really does! (I was saying the same thing to a mate this morning)
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Postby northernsky » 11 May 2018, 18:03

[quote="BOLLY BEE"

the opening NOTE alone (F, I think) brings enormous joy (is it possible that certain tones result in higher serotonin levels?)][/quote]

I don’t think so - unless maybe you have perfect pitch.
I don’t, but some of us will have. I used to think my favourite chord change was C-Em. But now I slightly prefer G-Bm, but I suspect that’s just the shapes of my fingers on the piano.

What I mean is, Lou could have started on an A, B or C (depending on the underlying chord) and you would experience much the same. Unless you have perfect pitch.

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Postby Uncle Charles Routine » 11 May 2018, 18:11

But don't they say certain chords bring more pleasure than others? Like they're more in tune with circadian rhythms or something?

I'm not talking about differences in key - we all know that minor keys tend to sound sad and major, more strident or clear or whatever.

I think if you're sensitive to these things they make a big difference. I feel happy hearing that F at the start. Maybe it's Pavlovian...
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Postby toomanyhatz » 11 May 2018, 19:04

It's glorious, but so is "Perfect Day."

And most of Magic and Loss.
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Postby Deebank » 11 May 2018, 20:35

Pansy Puff wrote:
northernsky wrote:[quote="BOLLY BEE"

the opening NOTE alone (F, I think) brings enormous joy (is it possible that certain tones result in higher serotonin levels?)][/quote]

I don’t think so - unless maybe you have perfect pitch.
I don’t, but some of us will have. I used to think my favourite chord change was C-Em. But now I slightly prefer G-Bm, but I suspect that’s just the shapes of my fingers on the piano.

What I mean is, Lou could have started on an A, B or C (depending on the underlying chord) and you would experience much the same. Unless you have perfect pitch.[/quote][/quote]
First chord is G, isn't it?
G - A7 - C - D[/quote]


I don’t know but it doesn’t matter - unless as NS says you have perfect pitch and even then I’m not sure why you would prefer one major chord to another.

It’s a nice tune but I always found the piano a bit too ‘baroque’ or ornate for my tastes. Nice to hear Dave doing the ‘Bom Bom Boms
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Postby Uncle Charles Routine » 11 May 2018, 20:42

It's not a matter of recognising the chord - it's the subconscious impact that it has. Same thing with colours.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 11 May 2018, 20:49

Certain tones can have can have an emotional resonance. Of course they can! Why wouldn't they? And if it's an emotional feeling, why would knowing the name of the note make the slightest amount of difference?

Can't say whether that's what's happening in John's case or not. But it's certainly possible.
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Postby Deebank » 11 May 2018, 20:50

You can tell the difference between yellow and blue on sight - as long as you’re not colour blind - but you wouldn’t know an A maj from an F maj if the chord is the same - root, third, fifth say. It’s all about where it goes next.
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