Wednesday, 8 August 2012


The relation between Lou Reed and Andy Warhol was always an ambiguous one. Although Warhol’s name is forever associated with the Velvet Underground (if only for the famous banana cover), on a personal level there were mutual resentments that precluded further co-operation. Even so, in 1990 Reed, together with John Cale, recorded the monumental concept album Songs for Drella (a pet name for Warhol). Using no more than Cale’s violin and Reed’s guitar they recorded fifteen songs, most of which reflected Warhol’s ideas. But in Hello It’s Me, the final track of the album, Reed, with an almost painful honesty, pays his tribute to Andy Warhol.

Here in a rare live version, with French subtitles.