Velvet Underground Drummer Pays Tribute to Lou Reed
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.16.2013
Moe Tucker offers her thoughts on the icon's death...
Moe Tucker, who was Velvet Underground's drummer, has written an obituary eulogizing her former bandmate Lou Reed. As you likely recall, Reed died in October at the age of seventy-one due to liver failure; Tucker http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/dec/15/lou-reed-moe-tucker-obituary target=new>wrote the obit for the Guardian to remember the legendary singer songwriter.
Lou had a reputation, for sure. He was tough and he could be grumpy and bitchy, but I've come to realise that his bitchiness came out when there was incompetence about. Didn't matter if it was a waiter or a record producer, he'd rip someone apart if things weren't up to scratch. He didn't suffer fools gladly. That's just the way he was, but he was also incredibly encouraging and generous.
He was a good friend through everything. We had this brother-sister type relationship in the group, and it lasted long after the group split. We would always exchange Christmas cards, Valentine cards. It was one of those friendships where it didn't matter if you didn't see each other a lot. We'd meet up after two years or five years and it would be like we'd seen each other last week. As you get older, you come to realise that that kind of friendship is rare, so I miss him a hell of a lot. It's just dawning on me that he's not out there any more.
Now Andy [Warhol]'s gone, Sterling [Morrison]'s gone, Nico's gone and Lou's gone. It feels strange. I miss them all, but I really miss Lou.
He was a great songwriter who pushed the boundaries in terms of what he was writing about, but more importantly, he was a good and loyal friend. It doesn't seem right that I won't be sending him a Christmas card.