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  •  Two assholes from VU (none)
    First, of course, Lou. In '73 or '74 the New York Dolls came over to tour England and, as they were the critics' flavor of the month, they were lapping up their new cult following. Somewhere in the North of England they were getting ready to open for Lou Reed when the great man (peeved at all their adulation) stormed into their dressing-room and said he refused to play, he would pull out, unless they cancelled first. Which they duly did. If they were true punks they'd have done what Jerry Lee Lewis did to Little Richard: gone out and burned the house down, and dared Lou to top it.

    The second story is what Nico said when she dumped Lou Reed: "I'm sorry, I can longer fuck Jews."

    "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

    by Brecht on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 12:15:00 PM PDT

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    •  VU and Assholes (none)
      A good friend of mine, about 12 years ago, mortaged his future and bought a mono, DJ copy of the VU and Nico album in the shrinkwrap.  It's about the rarest of the rare; those copies were mostly altered, because they had an unauthorized photo of hanger-on Gerard Marlanga on the back, and after he sued existing copies had a sticker put over the offending portion of the photo, and subsequent copies had him airbrushed out.  But this is unaltered, in the shrinkwrap.  Quite possible the only one of its kind.

      So my friend decided to screw up it's resale value, and try to get it signed by all the surviving members of the band (thus omiting Nico and Andy Warhol).  The first two to sign it were Mo and Sterling (before he so tragically died young).  He stopped Mo on the street outside the venue she would play at that night as she went inside for the sound check, and as usual, she was a delight.  She sent one of the band members inside when she saw it with instructions to ask Sterling to come outside.  (He was playing guitar on her tour during his summer off from teaching.)  They were both incredibly cool, and chatted with my friend and a couple others who were hanging out for about 20 minutes or so.  

      Next up was about 6 months later, same small venue in Pontiac, this time Cale.  He put on a scorching show, just incredible.  After the show my friend pleaded with whoever was at the door to let him back, showing the woman his album.  She recognized the uniqueness of what he had, and took him right into Cale's dressing room.  Cale sat there, covered in sweat, completely drained.  He looked at it, didn't say much, and said something like "sure, I'll sign it."  He did, and that was the end of the discussion, and he made it clear he was done with my friend.  Not really an asshole, but not that warm either.

      I can't do justice to his epic story about finally getting asshole Lou to sign it, but it involved him getting backstage because someone mistakenly assumed my friend was Lou's personal masseuse.  Lou saw the album, gave a sour look at my friend, signed it, walked away, and managed to never look at or say a word to my friend.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 12:44:18 PM PDT

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    •  Case closed (none)
      they're punks, see?

      If Jesus Christ came back today and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up... - Hannah and Her Sisters

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 08:41:24 PM PDT

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