genius ? certainly.. he is up there - though where I'm not sure.
tremendous sound on this btw.
they're an integral part of the lineage of punk:
garage bands (The Sonics probably being the closest) -> VU -> The Stooges -> CBGB's
One of the funniest things ever for me is looking at bands and seeing what came before and after them. in the case of VU, absolutely NOTHING came before them that sounded remotely like them. Early Lou Reed was a bad Dylan knock-off, but he met John Cale and invented something entirely new. I can't really think of any other band you can say that about. Certainly not The Beatles, The Stones etc...Hendrix's guitar playing yes, but his song writing, no. The Stooges, though heavily influenced by VU, are almost in that category as well.
The advent of Hip-Hop was the next truly original movement, though it borrowed heavily from disco, go-go etc
I was (and still am) bummed when Lou died, but luckily we still have Iggy around. The Stooges albums are amazing, but Lust Life for is one of the most brilliant albums ever and doesn't get the recognition it deserves
I used to know eamon from liquid. He worked in the record shop where I bought most of my records from. I remember buying a couple of copies of sweet harmony when he first had 500 pressed himself. He was later signed by xl recordings and they added ce ce rogers whom he sampled. </boring fact>
Sound quality is dreadful but if you remember then you remember!!
Jungle/drum and bass is dark they say. Around this time the beats were hard and dark but the people were full of life and love. You knew you were alive walking into the Blue Note and the bass hit you HARD
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