News has just come through that Lou Reed has been found dead at home. I’m really saddened by that, he was someone who’d made 4 or 5 of my favourite LPs ever and probably inspired another 10 others. He was always described as cranky and/or cantankerous but I always thought that even in his bleakest recording moments there was a discernible trace of humour, however miniscule. I remember reading in an interview many years ago that he always tried to write lyrics like Raymond Chandler – I can’t think of a better way to write and you know what, by and large he got there.
I’m off to listen to him now.