Jimmy Page was critical of that scene, too. Mostly because he felt there wasn’t a drummer among them that could play with any power.Michael Bloomfield said the same thing about the San Francisco bands – at the time when they were most popular. I’m inclined to say the same thing about Lou Reed.
Not a big Zappa fan...but can't play??? Sure Lou...
FYI, Reed begged the RnR HOF to be the one who inducted Zappa. Which is odd considering he never said anything nice about him when he was alive.
While I love a lot of Lou Reed's stuff, when he offers his critiques of others...remember he released this abomination.
Would have loved to have seen him back in the day. Born a bit too late. It just takes a quick search to realize the breadth of talent Zappa had in his band at any given time. You don't get that if you're a bad musician. If people are not into his work, that's okay, but you can't conflate that with not having any talent.I never saw him with the Mothers, but I typically didn't like the Mothers on record anyway. But I saw him several times in the early-mid 80s and thought he was pretty darn good. Not everyone's cup o'tea certainly, but hardly a NO-talent. He ran a tight ship, and I wouldn't have enjoyed being in his band much.
They had widely different views on drugs. The only drugs Zappa tolerated were the ones that he used prodigiously: caffeine and nicotine.Oddly enough, all of that is a pretty good argument FOR Lou Reed inducting Zappa. They were very similar people in a lot of ways, and Metal Machine Music could easily be mistaken for a Zappa recording.
well, yeah, but there are two kinds of people... people who would consider jamming a needle full of street heroin into their arm and people who would not think that was a good plan. Pretty good dividing line, right?There’s a lot more to life than one’s view on drugs.
Not only that, but I know whose opinion I would value more.well, yeah, but there are two kinds of people... people who would consider jamming a needle full of street heroin into their arm and people who would not think that was a good plan. Pretty good dividing line, right?
I find it amusing that someone at the forefront of punk feels inclined to offer scathing reviews of others' musicianship.
Most of you probably don't want to know my opinion of VU.
Lou was never punk per se, but he was certainly a part of the underground vanguard that evolved to punk.Reed was never punk. And the idea that punk and poor musicianship go hand in hand is a myth. There’s no more poor musicianship in punk than there is in rock in general.
Reed’s strength was melody, song construction, and lyrics. These things are often lacking in some of the groups he is criticizing. The giveaway to where Reed is coming from is that he praises Fogerty. He’s interested in songcraft, and the artists on this list that are songcraft artists, like CCR, the Kinks, The Beatles, and Bowie, received praise from Reed.