Lou Reed Totally Rocked 58 31st October

 

Protopunk and Lou Reed Totally Rocked 58 31st October

Alright, I know that this week the internuts has had more pictures and videos of Lou Reed than cats and people wrecking themselves on treadmills combined, but as far as influential figures in punk go, Lou was a big one.  So this week the show is all about Proto-punk, pub rock and some of the other madness that preceded and influenced that which we all now know as punk and which I personally associate with Mr Reed.  First up it’s the Velvet Underground of course.  Then it’s on to David Bowie, The New York Dolls, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and the Modern Lovers.  Things move over to Detroit for The Stooges, The MC5 and Death, before we head to England for some early idicators of what was to come with the Punk revolution.  The Pink Fairies, Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Stranglers and The Damned give the English side a bit of wellie before we head back stateside for a song about New York’s weirdness from FEARVon LMO brings the proper New York weirdness to the table and then it’s some straight up New York Punk rock from The Ramones.  Finishing things off it is of course a bit more of The Velvet Underground.  Not many bands on the show sound anything like the VU and sure not many bands sounded like the VU in general which is why they were so important.  Turn it up, play it loud, we’re gonna party like it’s 1975