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[[caption-width-right:249:Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.]]

->''"My week beats your year."''

'''Lewis "Lou" Allan Reed''' (March 2, 1942 October 27, 2013) was an American musician and songwriter, known for his work with Music/VelvetUnderground and as a solo artist.

After the VU, Reed faced a largely commercially unsuccessful start to his solo career, before finding a hit with "Walk on the Wild Side" after collaborating with and following the GlamRock influences of friend Music/DavidBowie. Since then, Reed mostly avoided writing songs that would typically be well-received commercially, to varying degrees of success. He explored many styles with his work, perhaps most infamously with the controversial ''Music/MetalMachineMusic''. Reed was married to fellow musician Music/LaurieAnderson.

Reed passed away following a liver transplant on October 27, 2013.

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!!Studio Discography:
* 1972 - ''Lou Reed''
* 1972 - ''Music/{{Transformer}}''
* 1973 - ''Music/{{Berlin}}''
* 1974 - ''Sally Can't Dance''
* 1975 - ''Music/MetalMachineMusic''
* 1975 - ''Coney Island Baby''
* 1976 - ''Rock And Roll Heart''
* 1978 - ''Street Hassle''
* 1979 - ''The Bells''
* 1980 - ''Growing Up In Public''
* 1982 - ''The Blue Mask''
* 1983 - ''Legendary Hearts''
* 1984 - ''New Sensations''
* 1986 - ''Mistrial''
* 1989 - ''New York''
* 1990 - ''Songs For Drella'' [[note]]A collaboration with Music/JohnCale[[/note]]
* 1992 - ''Magic And Loss''
* 1996 - ''Set The Twilight Reeling''
* 2000 - ''Ecstasy''
* 2003 - ''The Raven''
* 2007 - ''Hudson River Wind Meditations''
* 2011 - ''Lulu'' [[note]]A collaboration with Music/{{Metallica}}[[/note]]
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!!Live Discography:
* 1974 - ''Rock 'N' Roll Animal''
* 1975 - ''Lou Reed Live''
* 1978 - ''Live: Take No Prisoners''
* 1984 - ''Live In Italy''
* 1998 - ''Perfect Night: Live In London''
* 2001 - ''American Poet''
* 2004 - ''Animal Serenade''
* 2004 - ''Le Bataclan '72'' [[note]]A collaboration with Music/JohnCale and Music/{{Nico}}[[/note]]
* 2008 - ''The Stone: Issue Three'' [[note]]A collaboration with John Zorn and Music/LaurieAnderson[[/note]]
* 2008 - ''Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse''
* 2008 - ''The Creation Of The Universe''
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!!! "Hey babe, take a walk on the trope side":
* AbusiveParents: "Endless Cycle". Also probably in "My Old Man".
* BaroquePop: ''Berlin''
* BigApplesauce: He's not called "The King Of New York" for nothing.
** TheBigRottenApple: ''New York''
* BiTheWay
* BreakupBreakout: His solo career was much more commercially successful than the Velvets.
* BrooklynRage
* TheCameo: "Street Hassle" has the, at the time, young and promising Music/BruceSpringsteen drop by for a verse.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Berlin'', ''Songs For Drella'' (with Music/JohnCale), ''Magic And Loss'', and ''The Raven''
* ContentWarnings: The [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs somewhat erratic]] liner notes for ''[[HarshNoise Metal]] [[HellIsThatNoise Machine]] [[SensoryAbuse Music]]'' end with them.
--> ''As way of disclaimer, I am forced to say that, due to stimulation of various centres (remember OOOHHHMMM, etc.), the possible negative contraindications must be pointed out. A record has to, of all things. Anyway, hyper-tense people, etc., possibility of epilepsy (petite mal) psychic motor disorder etc., etc., etc. [[BadassBoast My week beats your year.]]'' - Lou Reed
* CoolOldGuy: Reed had ascended to this status by the end of his life. He was an avid Mac fan and also put in an appearance at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.
* CoolShades / SinisterShades: One of his visual trademarks.
* CountryMatters: Used in "Street Hassle" to emphasize the MoodWhiplash when the song goes straight from a rather explicit sex scene to a woman dying of an overdose.
--> ''Hey, that cunt's not breathing, I think she's had too much of somethingorother...''
* CureYourGays: When he was 17, his parents had him undergo several weeks of electroshock therapy to cure him of his "homosexual tendencies". Judging by the song "Kill Your Sons", he was somewhat less than grateful.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: He was already very well-regarded among critics and musicians, but when Reed died in 2013, tributes poured out from nearly every corner of the Internet.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: "Halloween Parade" is about realising how many of his friends have died of AIDS (although it is explicitly named as such in the liner notes, the disease's name is never mentioned on the album itself). Averted in the case of ''Magic And Loss'', which goes into more detail than you want to know about watching someone die of cancer.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Music/MetalMachineMusic''
* DrugsAreBad:
** The whole of ''Music/{{Berlin}}'' is an account of a couple falling apart due to dependency on legal and illegal drugs, culminating in the woman's suicide. This laugh-fest has gems like "Caroline Says II":
--->All of her friends call her Alaska
--->When she takes speed, they'll laugh and ask her
--->What is in her mind?
--->But she's not afraid to die;
--->All of her friends call her Alaska;
--->It's so cold in Alaska...
** One of Reed's best-known and loved song, "Perfect Day" from ''Music/{{Transformer}}'', has been misinterpreted by people taking it at face value as a song about a loving couple enjoying a perfect summer day. It is about a love affair: between a man and heroin.
--->It's such a perfect day;
--->You made me forget myself;
--->I thought I was someone else, someone good....
* EpicRocking: Frequently, especially live, but the crowner is the studio version of "Like A Possum" at 18:02.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: "Families", "Standing On Ceremony".
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Sad Song," [[ShapedLikeItself which is a sad song]]. [[LyricalDissonance If you ignore the lyrics]] it might not seem like it at first though.
* {{Gayngst}}: "Families" can be interpreted as such.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: His hit, "Walk on the Wild Side" features the line "But she never lost her head/Even when she was giving head" (as well as multiple usages of the already outdated and offensive term "coloured" to refer to African-Americans) and got (and still gets) a lot of airplay.
* GreenEyedMonster: A common theme through Reed's work. He believed that jealousy was a destructive emotion.
* GriefSong: ''Songs For Drella'' and ''Magic And Loss'' are both grief ''albums'' (for Creator/AndyWarhol and Doc Pomus, respectively)
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: "Women" could be interpreted this way, although it's more likely intended as an anti-MisogynySong.
* HellBentForLeather: One of his visual trademarks was his leather jacket.
* ICallItVera[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When he couldn't get the proper distortion out of his guitar, he had a friend build a gadget called the [[LoudnessWar Death Pedal]].
* InsufferableGenius: Probably one of the best real life examples of this trope.
* IWantSong: "I Wanna Be Black", where Reed professes his desire to be a black man.
* {{Jerkass}}: Both main characters of ''Music/{{Berlin}}'' qualify. Caroline is serially unfaithful, a neglectful parent, and so on, while Jim is a domestic abuser who gets custody of their children taken away from her purely out of spite and doesn't feel any remorse after his mistreatment of Caroline [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide drives her to suicide]]]], and in fact rationalizes it by saying "somebody else would have broken both of her arms". Of course, it's also possible that some or all of Caroline's characterization is a case of UnreliableNarrator, since we mostly have to take Jim's word for her actions and various things he says throughout the course of the album suggest that he may not exactly be the stablest individual out there.
* LiveAlbum: ''Rock 'N' Roll Animal'', ''Lou Reed Live'', ''Take No Prisoners'', among others.
* LyricalDissonance: "Walk On The Wild Side" is a smooth, hooky pop single... about drugs, male prostitution, transsexuality, and oral sex.
* MisogynySong: Inverted with "Women".
* MyGreatestFailure: How Reed regarded ''Music/{{Berlin}}''. It was perhaps the most ambitious thing he ever did, but it flopped commercially and was savaged by critics (though it was [[VindicatedByHistory retroactively deemed one of his best albums]]).
* NewSoundAlbum: Fairly frequently, especially considering his shift to glam rock, followed by "NoiseRock" and experimentation with various musical styles.
* NiceJewishBoy: Averted. Reed had a notoriously bad attitude and was never afraid to say what he meant.
* ObsessionSong: "Satellite of Love" and pretty much all of ''Music/{{Berlin}}''. Reed considered jealousy "a destructive, horrible emotion" and his work could sometimes get {{Anvilicious}} about this (although it was also frequently misinterpreted, as on ''Berlin'' - we're not actually supposed to like the characters on that album).
* OdeToIntoxication: Played straight ("The Power Of Positive Drinking"), subverted ("Street Hassle") and averted ("Waves Of Fear")
** HoistByHisOwnPetard[=/=]OhCrap: "Underneath the Bottle," about how his attempts to get off of drugs via drinking backfired on him.
* PissTakeRap: "The Original Wrapper" features Lou rapping. It's hard to tell if it was meant as joke or not, but either way he's not very proficient at it.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Sex With Your Parents" is basically one long set-up about how MoralGuardians do what they do to hide the shame of having had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sex with their parents]], ending with
--> ''Here in [[BigApplesauce the big city]] we have a word... By God, we have a name for people like that...''
--> ''Hey, motherfucker!''
* ProtestSong: Several songs on ''New York'': "There Is No Time", "Hold On", "Last Great American Whale", "Good Evening Mr. Waldheim", "Dirty Blvd."
* ProtoPunk: He is seen as one of the most influential artists in the genre.
* RedOniBlueOni: To a certain extent with Music/JohnCale VU turned away from the assault of ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'' to a more accessible direction under his lead, and when PunkRock broke Reed was recording singer-songwritery albums and dismissing the movement while Cale jumped on the bandwagon and recorded harsh material like ''Sabotage Live''. Then again Cale also recorded the BaroquePop ''Paris 1919'' and Reed recorded the infamously abrasive ''Music/MetalMachineMusic'' so it's not like this trope defined their post-VU careers.
* RefugeInAudacity: "I Wanna Be Black".
* RockOpera: ''Music/{{Berlin}}'' about two doomed lovers in the titular city, and ''Songs For Drella'' about Creator/AndyWarhol.
* {{Sampling}}: Sort of.. ''Street Hassle'' opener "Gimmie Some Good Times" features a riff very similar to "Sweet Jane" and even opens with a few lines from it, though it's newly recorded and no literal sampling takes place.
* SelfDeprecation: When the [[ExecutiveMeddling record company]] made him put out ''Lou Reed Live'', cobbled together from the same show as ''Rock 'n' Roll Animal'', Lou made sure the last sound on the album was a fan in the audience shouting "LOU REED SUCKS!"
* SelfTitledAlbum: His solo debut.
* SexByProxy: Suggested in "How Do You Think It Feels?"
--> ''How do you think it feels\\
To always make love by proxy''
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: During TheSeventies, and Reed was even told "to clean up his act" by Music/DavidBowie, himself no stranger to substance abuse at the time, if he wanted him to produce another album.
* TheSixties: "The Day John Kennedy Died".
* TheSomethingSong: "Sad Song", "Who Am I? (Triptena's Song)".
* SpokenWord: His singing often borders on this.
* TakeThat: Notably on the live album ''Take No Prisoners'', where he calls [[TakeThatCritics Village Voice critic Robert Christgau]] a "toe fucker", and he also takes a potshot at Music/PattiSmith by shouting "Fuck ''Music/RadioEthiopia''! I'm Radio Brooklyn!".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords is jazz."
* WhamLine: "This is the place where she cut her wrist" in "The Bed".
* YourCheatingHeart: Caroline's (possibly imagined) unfaithfulness is a major catalyst for a large amount of the plot in ''Music/{{Berlin}}''.
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