You made me forget myself...
The Lou Reed competition that we set last month (05/10/03 NEWS: LOU REED TALKS ABOUT NYC MAN AND DAVID BOWIE & 05/19/03 NEWS: LOU REED COMPETITION EXTENDED) is now over. Five signed Lou photographs like the one above (except the signature is in black) have arrived here at BowieNet to be distributed to our winners.
The original prize was to have been signed CDs, but we got these instead and I'm sure the winners will be just as happy with one of these valuable signed prints.
Anyway, we asked you to identify the Bowie connection in eight of the tracks from the Lou Reed retrospective NYC Man - The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection. Off the top of my head, here are a few that most of you got:
Along with I?m Waiting For The Man and White Light/White Heat, David and Lou performed Sweet Jane together at the Royal Festival Hall, (venue for Bowie's 2002 Meltdown) when Lou guested with David and The Spiders for his very first UK appearance on July 8th 1972.
David also produced Mott The Hoople's All The Young Dudes album, on which Sweet Jane was the first track.
I'm Waiting For The Man
David recorded a version of this song in 1966 toward the end of the sessions for the Deram album, David Bowie. This version was actually recorded before The Velvet Underground's own version had even been released, after David received an acetate of The Velvet Underground and Nico, on which I'm Waiting For The Man appeared.
In fact, so enamoured was David with The Velvets that he recorded another song called Little Toy Soldier during the same sessions, which was basically a re-write of Venus In Furs with loads of Bowie strangeness thrown in for good measure. Although neither of these recordings were officially released, they are both widely available on bootleg.
The song was also played on various BBC sessions and on tour in 1972, 1973, 1976 and 1997.
White Light/White Heat
White Light/White Heat was played on various BBC sessions and on tour in 1972, 1973, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1996, 1997 and 2002.
A version apparently recorded during the Pin-Ups sessions, but abandoned by David, was resurrected by Mick Ronson for his own Play Don't Worry album, complete with a new Ronno vocal.
Walk On The Wild Side
Satellite Of Love
The four songs above all appeared on the Bowie/Ronson-produced solo Lou Reed album, Transformer. Though David contributed greatly to songs like New York Telephone Converstaion (in effect a one minute duet with Lou), his greatest vocal contribution can be heard on the sublime Satellite Of Love. Here's Lou from the liner notes of NYC Man:
David Bowie's background vocals - I love them on his records, I love them when he did them on my record. It's not the kind of part I would have ever come up with if you left me alone with a computer program for a year. But David hears those parts. Plus he's got a freaky voice and he can go up that high and do that. It's very, very beautiful. And he's a great singer.
The world-wide smash hit single Walk On The Wild Side should be noted for a wonderful sax solo played by David's former saxophone tutor, Ronnie Ross, and also for a widely sampled bassline provided by another musician familiar to Bowie fans who know their stuff, Herbie Flowers.
David also sang a couple of lines, and appeared in the video for a re-recorded all-star version of Perfect Day, that was released by the BBC in 1997 for the BBC Children In Need campaign. The single went to number one in the UK and raised over Ã‚Â£2 million.
This song originally appeared on Lou's 1989 release, New York. David sang Dirty Boulevard live with Lou when he was joined by Mr Reed onstage at Madison Square Garden on January 9th 1997, during David's 50th birthday bash. The two also performed I?m Waiting For The Man and White Light/White Heat during the show.
Going by that track record, (remembering the RFH July 8th 1972) David and Lou are due to perform I?m Waiting For The Man White Light/White Heat and another Lou Reed song at a Bowie show in 2022.
So there you have it. The five people below provided enough correct information to be selected by The Random Generator as winners:
If you'd all like to send me your real names and addresses we'll get your signed Lou pic to you pronto. Thanx again to Lou Reed and Sister Ray Enterprises for the generous donation.