From Lou With Love
When the world lost Lou Reed on October 27, it lost one of rock's greatest risk-takers, a true musical revolutionary willing to challenge just about every preconception attached to popular music. But despite his persona as the original uber-decadent badass whose transgressive tendencies were reflected in both his work and his lifestyle, Lou was also a doo-wop-loving romantic at heart. He worshiped early rock 'n' roll songwriters like Doc Pomus ("Save the Last Dance for Me," et al) and threaded the influence of '50s street-corner R&B throughout his entire career, from The Velvet Underground through his solo recordings.
Despite all his aural assaults on convention and complacency, Reed always found room for a few love songs in whatever he was doing. After all, you don't write couplets like "If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see/ I'd put you in the mirror that I put in front of me" (["Pale Blue Eyes"]) without knowing your way around the affairs of the heart. As we look back on Lou's legacy, it's important to remember the very real romantic side of the man who finally wed his longtime love, Laurie Anderson, in 2008. So here's a selection of songs from all across Reed's discography to spark that memory.