Scott Raab was on his way to the airport and it was a perfect opportunity for us to do our podcast as he was driven through NY traffic. Here’s the email I sent him the night before.
Hope all is well.
We’ll obviously talk about the Browns. I’m not going to say too much, just that I wasn’t horribly disappointed and that I’m looking forward to next week’s game against the Ravens.
I also really want to talk about Lou Reed. I’m sure lots of people will too, but I would guess your perspective will be as good or better than nearly anyone’s. Even before Googling, I just assumed you had talked to Lou Reed at some point in your career and sure enough, I found this. http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/lou-reed-learned-0400
I was late to understand Lou Reed. The first time I ever heard Sweet Jane it was the Cowboy Junkies version from Natural Born Killers. The Velvet Underground came into my world in high school, but even then I wasn’t sold. I couldn’t escape Lou Reed in my travels as a music fan, but it was weird. I loved all the bands that Lou Reed influenced in indie rock more than I loved the originator. Most notably the Pixies name-drop Lou Reed in one of their songs. Can’t remember which one right now.
It’s not right, but that’s how it worked for me. I never questioned his importance to American music though. Kind of like even if you don’t like Dylan, you can’t deny his importance.
Ron and Fez close every show on Sirius XM with Satellite of Love and it’s become my favorite Lou Reed song by a longshot. It makes me feel like a fraud though. I feel like loving that song makes me a Bowie fan more than a Lou Reed fan. Anyway, he should be talked about.
Lastly, I’d be interested to know if you’re watching the World Series.