Perfect Day, 1972
The only Lou Reed song I know. I am more familiar with him as a writer and have admired how he wrote a review for Kanye West’s Yeezus. I’ve been reading his interviews (my favorite so far is the one from The Guardian) today. He gave atypical, nonbasic, no-bullshit interviews about almost everything. For some artists, that could mean pretentious, know-it-all ‘points of view’, but his are spontaneous and gutsy. I haven’t gotten around to familiarizing myself with rock music from The Beatles, The Ramones, or more of the hardcore, compelling material I only read in books or referenced by musicians I listen to. I always end up reading about musicians/artists who are also writers in their own right, delving into highly interesting literary pieces or sharing personal details about their life in books (like Patti Smith in her book, Just Kids or Kurt Cobain’s journals). I’m a part of the MTV generation, so growing up I, I was more acquainted with grunge until rock gotten more ‘pop’. But now that he’s passed away, Lou Reed’s genius is something I look forward to learn more about.
Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt from his poem, “The Murder Mystery”.
1. Mister Moonlight succulent smooth and gorgeous isn’t it nice we’re number one and so forth isn’t it sweet, being unique
2. Mister Muse fellow of wit and gentry medieval ruse filling the shallow and empty fools that dual, dual in pools
3. Objection! Suffice Apelike and tactile bassoon oboeing me, cordon that virus’ section off—to the left is what is not right
4. Exit the pig enter the owl and gorgeous king on the left, it on the right and primping adjusting his nose as he reads from his scrolls
5. no one nose no nose is good news and sceneless extend the wine drink here a toast to something ten year old port is perfect in court
6. Razzanatazz there’s nothing up my shoulder lust is a must shaving my heads made me bolder will you kindly read what it was i brought three?