I recently picked up the VU bootleg tapes release, The Quine Tapes and have been enjoying it since. Scott Colburn of Gravelvoice a long, long time ago gave me a tape of some bootlegs from the 1966 “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” tour, and I have always loved the sounds on it; long droning screechy free-improv rock.

While “White Light, White Heat” features something like this, the live stuff is infinitely better, more listenable. Longform rock is always best when it’s a trance-inducing hypnotic loop of indeterminate virtuosity – if there’s no display of prowess to celebrate or focus on, the listener is forced inward.

Lou Reed’s fantastically simple and solid songwriting is also a huge influence on Dale Lawrence of the Gizmos and the Vulgar Boatmen, the most influential musician of the Southern Indiana rock scene of my youth.

Vulgar Boatman discussion group

Dale’s label

Gulcher Records (Gizmos reissues)
cdstreet | Gulcher Records