April 13, 2012 Playlist

"Street Hassle" by Lou Reed (1978)
Lou Reed  "Street Hassle"  1978 (USA)
Lou Reed was a revolutionary figure in 20th century popular music -- as leader of The Velvet Underground, he was writing songs about hard drugs and kinky sex way back in 1966, which certainly didn't make him particularly famous or popular at the time, though by the "glam rock" era of the 1970's he had managed to become a bona fide rock star with million-selling records.  And when "punk rock" came along a couple years later, again this caused critics to look upon Lou as one of the founders of yet another important trend.  Lou's most important album of the punk era is Street Hassle -- indeed, I think it could be his best solo album.  Though associated with "punk", Reed's music never really had anything to do with the styles of The Sex Pistols, Ramones or Clash -- in fact the oceanic guitar sounds laid down here sound more like someone has messed up some Crazy Horse tapes (Neil Young's legendary "goon rock" band).  It was recorded using a "binaural" system which was meant to be listened to on headphones (similar to the kunstkopfstereophonie system used on a few krautrock albums earlier in the 70's) -- which makes it sound even muddier on a regular stereo.  As for the lyrics?  Lou never recorded such a sick bunch of filth as this -- he (proudly? sarcasticly?) refers to himself as a "fuckin' faggot" at the very beginning of the record, which sets the brutal and unflinching tone.   The highlight is the titular 11 minute suite, which tells the tale of a guy picking up a girl at a bar, taking her to a party, watching her die of a drug overdose, and then leaving her body in the alley!  This isn't rock and roll, it's more like a William S. Burroughs novel set to music.
I couldn't find any clips from the era of this album, so here's "Heroin" performed in 1972 by Lou and fellow ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, and "Waiting For The Man" performed by David Bowie (who covered this song back in the glam days) with Reed joining in.  Next, part of a documentary on glam rock which features Lou and is named after his biggest hit:  Walk On The Wild Side.  Finally, we're concluding the first series of "Two Thirty Theater" this week with the final side of A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck...DEAD.  So here's the first side of Armand's Ratfucker album, which was released around the same time as this week's CAOTW and is the only record I can think of which might be even more sleazy and depraved than Street Hassle!
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Black Sabbath Back Street Kids Technical Ecstasy
Crime Piss On Your Dog / Feel The Beat San Francisco's Doomed (CD compilation)
rec. 1978, rel. 1991
Killdozer Take The Money And Run (Steve Miller Band) For Ladies Only
Aguaturbia Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) Volumen 2
Blue Max
Limited Edition
Jon Wayne
Texas Jailcell
Texas Funeral
Kack Klick (Armand Schaubroeck)
Lord My Cell Is Cold
A-side 7" single
Armand Schaubroeck Steals
Side 6 of 6
Scene 18: Night Before Parole Board - "One More Day, One More Night"
Scene 19: Parole Board
Scene 20: Hack Talks To Arm On The Way Out - "Ex-Con"
Scene 21: Dan & Armand Meet On The Streets While Going To See Parole Officer
Scene 22: Warden's Circus
A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck . . . DEAD.c. 1972-1975?USA
Armand Schaubroeck Steals
Ex-Con (not really live)
Live At The Holiday Inn
Lou Reed
Street Hassle
  a. Waltzing Matilda
  b. Street Hassle
  c. Slipaway
Street Hassle
The Velvet Underground
Waiting For My Man (by Lou Reed) The Velvet Underground & Nico
Lou Reed
White Light/White Heat (live - Velvet Underground remake) Rock 'n' Roll Animal
Rocket From The Tombs
Life Stinks
Rocket Redux
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO
In C (For Unspecified Performers) (Terry Riley)
Terry Riley: In C
Spoek MathamboSkorokoro (Walking Away)
Father Creeper (N)2012 (Sub Pop) South Africa
Black DiceSpy vs. Spy
Mr. Impossible (N)2012 (Ribbon)
The Mars VoltaThe Whip Hand
Noctournoquet (N)2012 (Warner Bros)
Captain Beefheart & The Magic BandFloppy Boot Stomp (original version)
Bat Chain Puller (N - previously unreleased "lost" album)1976 (2012 Zappa Vaulternative)
The Phantom Family Halo
White Hot Gun
When I Fall Out (N)2012 (Knitting Factory)USA
Chuck Prophet
White Night, Big City
Temple Beautiful (N)2012 (Yep Roc)USA
Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) Lost
Between The Times And Tides (N)2012 (Matador)USA
Moth Wings
Beard, Wives, Denim (N)2012 (Modular)Australia
Wild Flag Electric Band
Wild Flag (N)2011 (Merge)USA
Duchess Says
In A Fung Day T! (N)
2011 (Alien 8)Canada (Quebec)
Baby WoodroseLove Like A Flower
Third Eye Surgery (N)2012 (Bad Afro)Denmark
TS & The Past Haunts
Citrus Mistress
Gone & Goner (N)2012 (No Sleep)USA
Forest Fire
They Pray Execution Style
Staring At The X (N)2011 (Fat Cat)USA
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