Portrait of Ayn Rand and Edie Sedgwick

 

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Portrait of Ayn Rand and Edie Sedgwick

Andy’s Chest – Lou Reed
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Battle of Famous Albums, Part 3: Lou Reed

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Battle of Famous Albums can only happen when a band has two records that stand out in their discography and that are generally in very close competition with each other in terms of popularity and critical reception. If the band has more than two peaks, it won’t apply. Nor if one of the two peaks is regarded as much higher.

A reviewer once said that Lou Reed is one of the most empathic artists in account with his ability to express so many different emotions. And it’s true that he always managed to put himself in the shoes of the many characters he observed, not only telling us what they say and do, but making us feel what they feel. Making us understand what they’re like. This of course goes back to Velvet Underground’s impeccable discography, where Reed wrote from the perspective of junkies (Heroin), transgenders (Candy…

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Andy’s Chest

Andy's Chest

 

Lou Reed-Andy’s Chest

Yesterday, Daisy Mae and Biff were grooving down the street
And just like in a movie, her hands became her feet
Her belly button was her mouth
Which meant she tasted what she’d speak
But the funny thing is what happened to her nose
It grew until it reached all of her toes
Now, when people say her feet smell, they mean her nose
And curtains laced with diamonds, dear, for you
And all the Roman noblemen for you
And kingdom’s Christian soldiers, dear, for you
And melting ice cap mountains, dear, for you
And knights in flaming silver robes for you
And bats, that with a kiss turn prince for you
Swoop, swoop, oh, baby, rock, rock …