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Old 10-30-2013, 06:42 PM   #76
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Man, I couldn't really process the death until I got Boner's thoughts on it. I have closure now.
But it's a U2 forum, man!!!
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:52 PM   #77
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And no, Bono doesn't say that Transformer is Lou Reed's best work in the article.
My mistake. I misread the capitalized "Transformation" at the beginning of this sentence as "Transformer" lol

'Transformation is at the heart of Lou Reed’s best work'

Good catch :up;

He does however describe Transformer as the Lou Reed album that influenced him greatly, played a song from it on tour a good few times, and then, as you pointed out, made a pun out of the idea of transformation and calling it at the heart of his best work.

So, I think it's pretty safe to say that Bono thinks its one of - if not the - best Lou Reed album (in his opinion)
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The point is U2.com is a piece of a shit.
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Which was the point that was duplicated in the U2 section. This is about Lou Reed and Bono's thoughts on him with only a slight connection to U2.com

Bitch about U2.com over there. Lol
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Watch our twat of an education minister make a complete twat of himself.

"I'm a 70s child. Lou Reed wasn't big in my era."

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And no, Bono doesn't say that Transformer is Lou Reed's best work in the article. He uses puns and references to his work ("transformation", "magic and loss") to make a poetic statement about his music in general.
Not to rehash this but when I read this article I couldn't help but recall our little exchange in this thread. It looks like the U2.com piece was a snippet/paraphrase of the following:

U2's Bono Remembers Lou Reed's 'Perfect Noise' | Music News | Rolling Stone

In which it's pretty plain to me that Bono regards Transformer as being his favorite, if not best, work.
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He clearly states, just as in that previous summary of the article, that it was the thing that introduced him to Lou Reed and that he has fond memories of. It is therefore very likely among his favorites, yeah. But he still doesn't call it his best work from the quote you originally took, since he keeps focusing on and praising Velvet Underground afterwards.

Interesting to see him naming Running to Stand Still as being heavily influenced by VU. It seems quite different to Heroin lyrically or "feel-wise" to me, despite the very similar subject matter.
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Interesting to see him naming Running to Stand Still as being heavily influenced by VU. It seems quite different to Heroin lyrically or "feel-wise" to me, despite the very similar subject matter.
I remember reading something about that years ago, although I don't remember if it was the band actually saying it or some writer comparing the two. Something about how heroin is the perspective of the junky, running to stand still is the narrator watching others around them become the guy from heroin.
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But he still doesn't call it his best work from the quote you originally took, since he keeps focusing on and praising Velvet Underground afterwards.
lol. I've already noted I mistook the original quote from U2.com.

Ultimately, however, I actually did correctly interpret it as being one of, if not the, Lou Reed album that was favorite of his. He certainly didn't focus on any specific VU songs or albums after singling out Transformer, other than a brief mention of Pale Blue Eyes (and what seems to be a reference to Heroin however I vaguely recall them also talking about Walk On The Wild Side and RTSS in the same sentence before ) and the fact that they were delighted to have them open for them during Pop. That's not exactly "keeps on focusing on and praising VU afterwards". He's expends two sentences acknowledging VU in terms of being one of the influences that Reed was born out of. Does he even mention any other Lou Reed solo albums or songs outside Transformer?

The songs he/U2 cover of Lou Reed's come solely from Transformer, do they not? Pretty sure they do, but maybe there's a snippet I've forgotten.

Anyways, this is such a ridiculous splitting of hairs because as I mentioned many of the songs from Transformer were first written, recorded, and played live with VU.


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The chords are almost identical..during the slower parts of Heroin.

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I remember reading something about that years ago, although I don't remember if it was the band actually saying it or some writer comparing the two. Something about how heroin is the perspective of the junky, running to stand still is the narrator watching others around them become the guy from heroin.
Interesting, I hadn't read that. It does make sense though. Do you remember where you might have read that?
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Hey guys it's really important that you acknowledge that he's right. Come on, he went out and found PROOF, and was generous enough to share it with us.

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