Lou Reed

Remembering Lou Reed & Opinions on M.I.A.

Jim and Greg remember Lou Reed and five of his most important releases. Plus, M.I.A. makes a lot of headlines, and now she's made a new album. They review Matangi.

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Remembering Lou Reed

Rock legend, poet and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed died on October 27 at age 71. That week Jim honored him with the addition of the Velvet Underground track"Candy Says" to the Desert Island Jukebox. But, this influential singer, songwriter and guitarist deserves more than just a few minutes of our time. He helped shape 50 years of rock music, perhaps more than any single figure, according to our hosts. And so they wanted to explore why news of his death made such waves and why fans are still mourning. The best way to do this, of course, is through the music, and these five albums in particular:

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M.I.A. Matangi

After three years of garnering more attention for her public antics than her music, agit-rapper M.I.A. is back with her fourth studio genre, Matangi. Both Jim and Greg think the effort is a refreshing return to form after her lukewarm 2010 release, Maya. However, Greg isn‘t much impressed by Matangi’s tonal turn away from the political and more towards the spiritual, which he thinks at times comes off as kind of superficial. Jim agrees that M.I.A. doesn't have as much to say this time out, but the music—a blend of western pop melodies and eastern dance rhythms—is still unmatched. Both critics give Matangi a Burn It.


Featured Songs

  1. Pure Sunray, Caramel, Pure Sunray, self-released, 2013
  2. Madonna, Music, Music, Maverick/Warner Bros., 1999
  3. The Velvet Underground, I'm Waiting for the Man, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967
  4. The Velvet Underground, European Son, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967
  5. The Velvet Underground, Sister Ray, White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
  6. The Velvet Underground, I Heard Her Call My Name, White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
  7. The Velvet Underground, Here She Comes Now, White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
  8. The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
  9. The Velvet Underground, Sweet Jane, Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
  10. The Velvet Underground, Rock and Roll, Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
  11. The Velvet Underground, New Age, Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
  12. The Velvet Underground, I Found A Reason, Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
  13. Lou Reed, Walk on the Wild Side, Transformer, RCA, 1972
  14. Lou Reed, Berlin, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  15. Lou Reed, Caroline Says II, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  16. Lou Reed, Oh, Jim, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  17. Lou Reed, The Kids, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  18. Lou Reed, Underneath the Bottle, The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
  19. Lou Reed, My House, The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
  20. Lou Reed, Heavenly Arms, The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
  21. Lou Reed and John Cale, Style Takes It, Songs for Drella, Sire, 1990
  22. Lou Reed, Dirty Blvd., New York, Sire, 1989
  23. Lou Reed, Halloween Parade, New York, Sire, 1989
  24. Lou Reed, Romeo Had Juliette, New York, Sire, 1989 Lou Reed,“Endless Cycle,”New York, Sire, 1989
  25. M.I.A., Y.A.L.A., Matangi, N.E.E.T./Interscope, 2013
  26. M.I.A., Lights, Matangi, N.E.E.T./Interscope, 2013
  27. New Edition, Mr. Telephone Man, New Edition, MCA, 1984
  28. The Flaming Lips, You Are Alone, The Terror, Warner Bros., 2013
  29. Drake, From Time, Nothing Was the Same, OVO Sound, 2013
  30. Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney, Too Old to Cut the Mustard, Too Old to Cut the Mustard (Single), Columbia, 1952
  31. Anti-Nowhere League, Woman, We Are… The League, WXYZ, 1982


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