I am in total shock to find that Lou Reed has left the building. Truly one of the very greatest and influential avant rock musicians of all time, and responsible for so many classic songs and calculated explosions of guitar noise. I am both a huge Velvet Underground fan as well as his remarkable solo career, right down to his last days with Laurie Anderson. He never stopped pushing the boundaries of music, rock and otherwise.
These are sort of in order, but order is of course subject to change.
1. "Sunday Morning" from The Velevet Underground and Nico, produced by Andy Warhol.
2. Metal Machine Music. All four sides. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
3. Berlin. Both sides. Just like MMM, Berlin is really one long perfect song.
4. "Sister Ray" from White Light/White Heat. Pure avant garage godhead. Noise rock starts here.
5. "Murder Mystery" from The Velvet Underground. One of the coolest pieces of experimental music ever. Clearly the work of a genius.
6. "Sweet Jane" from Loaded. Perfect guitar rock epic ballad. Eternal.
7. "Street Hassle" from Street Hassle. Punk rock opera brilliance anybody?
8. "Perfect Day" from Transformer. He wrote his own eulogy. More than once.
9. "The Gun" from the Blue Mask. Master lyrical intensity. He was an amazing writer.
10. Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio. Seriously, three years before his death at 68 he was rocking this hard. Impressive.