Lou Reed's Guide to New York City
Lou Reed, Your Most Honest Tour Guide for Almost 50 Years
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If there's one common sentiment shared by all the Lou Reed tributes that have sprung up in the past few dats, it's how Reed's music felt like the sound of New York. Whether the subject matter, the ambiance or outright namedropping geography, his almost 50 years of output chronicled and reflected an ever-changing city that he loved, or that at least loved him back enough to inspire him. When I first moved to New York nine years ago, I used Reed's referencing of different locations to aid my own navigation around the city. It is with the cathartic chance to walk his streets once more that we proudly bring you Lou Reed's Guide to New York City.
Lou-cations: 1) "I'm Waiting For the Man" 1967 "Up to Lexington, 125 Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive."
2) "Run Run Run" 1967 "Teenage Mary said to Uncle Dave 'I sold my soul, must be saved. Gonna take a walk down to Union Square, You never know who you're gonna find there.'"
3) "Walk on the Wildside" 1972 "Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets Looking for soul food and a place to eat Went to the Apollo."
4) "Sally Can't Dance" 1974 "Sally is losing her face, she lives on St. Marks Place / In a rent-controlled apartment, eighty dollars a month."
5) "Ooohhh Baby" 1975 "But now you are a topless dancer working out of a bar on Times Square."
6) "All Through the Night" 1979 "My best friend Sally, she got sick and I'm feeling mighty ill myself it happens all the time and all through the night I went to Saint Vincent's and I'm watching the ceiling fall down on her body as she's lying round on the ground."
7) "Home of the Brave" 1983 "Here's to Frank, hit in some bar in picturesque Brooklyn Heights."
8) "Romeo Had Juliette" 1989 "Manhattan's sinking like a rock / into the filthy Hudson what a shock."
9) "Halloween Parade" 1989 "There's a down town fairy singing out 'Proud Mary' As she cruises Christopher Street."
10) "Dirty Blvd." 1989 "A small kid stands by the Lincoln Tunnel, he's selling plastic roses for a buck / The traffic's backed up to 39th Street, the TV whores are calling the cops out for a suck."
11) "Hold On" 1989 "You better hold on / I'm gonna meet you in Tompkins Square."
12) "Rock Minuet" 2000 "On Avenue B, someone cruised him one night / he took him in an alley and then pulled a knife."
13) "Coney Island Baby" "Coney Island Baby"
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