Posted in music on December 16, 2013

VU

We already got to read John Cale's tribute to his former Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed, who passed away in October, and now VU drummer Moe Tucker has written a lengthy obituary on The Observer. An excerpt reads:

I had no idea how ill he was. I knew he'd had the liver transplant and he probably wouldn't be his old self, but I really wasn't prepared for the news. It was hard. It is hard.

We were on an adventure back then and it took the world a while to catch up with what we were doing. It was word of mouth because you could not get the records outside of New York. I think that was a good thing, too, because we didn't spend all the royalty cheques when we were young and foolish. (Laughs).

We had a lot of fun, and a lot of fun upsetting people. We used to joke that we knew how good the gig was by the number of people who left the room. I think now that they were perfect times in a way. We split when we should have, and we left behind just a handful of great albums. It wasn't a career. We didn't keep going on and on like a lot of groups, but we influenced a lot of people.

Now Andy's gone, Sterling's gone, Nico's gone and Lou's gone. It feels strange. I miss them all, but I really miss Lou.

You can read the rest here.

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Comments (16)

Is this The Pizza Underground?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:52 AM

^ have you ever considered a career in comedy? because you're FUNNY!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:01 AM

This is great and all, but did you read the chick from Speedy Ortiz talking about Lana Del Rey?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:06 AM

9:52's comment makes a pretty good case for doing away with comments on this site altogether.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:06 AM

she's a very handsome woman

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:12 AM

^ I would like to collaborate with her, if you know what I mean

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:01 AM

She wasn't really that special, the Meg White on her day. She basically kept a beat and wasn't even into experimental music. But hey, right place at the right time?

At least she has more time for her tea party rallies these days.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:30 AM

The Pizza Underground were special

Posted by Only Bill Is Real | December 16, 2013 11:33 AM

Pizza Underground > Velvet Underground

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:45 AM

Moe had a unique approach, added character to a band full of character and characters.
Same could be said for Ringo-right place, right time. In common, their singing was fun, funny with a bit of irony thrown in. The VU took risks, played it their way and the proof is how many of today's bands that are praised by the negative commenters on this post are influenced by the VU.

Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:56 AM

So that's essentially the blueprint photo of what almost every single Brooklyn band tries to look like. It's hilarious. It's some band Frankie Rose is in or The Crocodiles or ...

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:38 PM

all I see are dudes in that picture. I thought moe was a woman.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:54 PM

VU > god

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:06 PM

What Mo did was pretty simple but also very essential to the velvet underground sound. she may not of had the "chops" of other drummers in her era but imagine what those early VU songs would have sounded like with someone playing a sit down drumset with hi hats, kick drum etc..It would have been a lot less unique and memorable imho.

Posted by VP of Sales | December 16, 2013 2:34 PM

Mo loses serious credibility by being a right wing fanatic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 3:40 PM

Being a right wing fanatic's the best thing about her ... ya fag boy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 3:57 PM

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