It’s not everyday that you hear somebody say The Beatles were garbage. Most of the time, even if someone didn’t like them, they could at least admit that there was something really special there. So when someone as revered and influential as Lou Reed says something so against popular opinion, a couple of thoughts go through your mind. (fast forward to 3:20 of this recently unearthed interview to hear the smack talk).
#1) You ARE Lou Reed and your art has been instrumental in shaping what we know as ‘alternative music’, so maybe you’re onto something. After all, everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and dammit some of your songs are the best of all time.
But The Beatles?! Garbage?! That’s some pretty heavy talk…and then the other thought goes through your mind.
#2) Yes you ARE Lou Reed…but that also means that you were one half of the monstrosity that was Lulu…