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YMMV: Lou Reed
  • Archive Panic
  • Bile Fascination: Metal Machine Music somehow managed to sell 100,000 copies despite (or perhaps because of) its overwhelmingly negative critical reception, which nearly ruined Lou Reed's credibility as a musician.
  • Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming: "Coney Island Baby". Possibly "Perfect Day" too, depending on how you interpret it.
  • Epic Riff:
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: He was more popular in the U.K. than in his native U.S.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A certain PS4 ad was released featuring Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" as the song for the marketing campaign. Reed would pass away just a bit over a week later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Satellite Of Love" includes the line, "Satellite's gone way up to Mars/Soon it will be filled with parking cars." That was in 1973. It's 2013. No cars on Mars yet.
  • Jerkass: He was known to reduce interviewers to tears. Especially if they were fans. When Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison died in 1995, John Cale was late getting to the funeral and was furious that he'd miss Reed's eulogy. Only on arrival did Cale discover that Reed hadn't bothered to turn up at all.
  • Magnum Opus: Commonly cited candidates include Berlin and New York. Despite being his most popular album, Transformer is usually regarded as being a good album but not his best.
  • Memetic Badass: You will never be as cool as Lou Reed.
  • Never Live It Down: He was associated with heroin in the popular imagination, though his drug of choice was amphetamines.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The music video for "No Money Down".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: New York contains some furious rants about the problems plaguing the titular city at the time, including poverty, AIDS, corruption, and similar issues. Some of them continue to be problems to this day.
  • Sophomore Slump: Averted. Reed's second album, Transformer is much better than his solo debut and his most popular album to boot.
  • Tear Jerker: A whole Tearjerker album with Berlin, a Concept Album about a doomed romantic couple with a woman Driven to Suicide after her children are taken away.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The release of Metal Machine Music shocked fans and critics alike, with many returning the vinyl to stores believing theirs was damaged, though Reed continues to suggest that it was a landmark for industrial and noise-rock.
    • Some of the lyrics to Lulu fall into this category.
  • Vindicated by History: Upon release, Berlin was almost universally panned by critics, and called "a disaster" by Rolling Stone, who would go on to include the album in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time many years later.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Most people's reaction to his collaboration with Metallica on Lulu.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: How some fans felt about Miley Cyrus' tweet mourning his death.

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