It's a shame that the first Top Ten I've had time to compose since Sam was born (the last few weeks' were all prepared in advance) is commemorating a death, but I couldn't let Lou Reed pass without a little rushed Top Tenning...
10. Sunday Morning
Bitter irony: Lou died on a Sunday Morning.
9. Beginning Of A Great Adventure
A few weeks ago, I threw this into one of my parenthood Top Tens. I include it again here because:
a) It disproves all those folk who think Lou didn't have a sense of humour.
b) It's ace.
8. Who Loves The Sun
No, there's nothing from Metal Machine Music on this list. I must be a pop kid at heart.
7. Venus In Furs
And yes, if I were a muso, this would be much nearer Number One too.
6. Perfect Day
Hard to hear this without picturing that scene from Trainspotting... or hearing that patchy singalong charity cover from a few years back. Still... perfect.
5. Sweet Jane
I'll tell you somethingIt's a sex song, obviously.
Jack, he is a banker
And Jane, she is a clerk
Both of them save their monies, ha
And when, when they come home from work
Oh, sittin' down by the fire, oh!
The radio does play
The classical music there, Jim
The march of the wooden soldiers
All you protest kids
You can hear Jack say, get ready, ah...
4. Satellite of Love
Bong bong bong!
3. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
Loaded is my favourite Velvets album (as you'll probably have guessed from the fact 4 out of the 10 tracks here hail from that LP alone). It's not the cool one that all the critics love, but it's pretty damned near perfect. This track that closes it, brilliantly.
2. Rock & Roll
Our lives were saved by rock 'n' roll...
1. Walk On The Wild Side
I fought this one, I really did. Tried to not go for the obvious choice at #1. Tried to be cool rather than populist. But... fuck it, I don't think Lou did better than this. Few have come close...
Do-dodo dodo do-dodo...
Which was your Perfect Day?