This one never got much air time and probaly never will. It is a parody of "whiggers", a term that was not even around at the time this one was written. The wannabes get the reeming they deserve on this one.
And oh, by the way on the Lp "Take No Prisoners" Lou has black female back up singers on this song and they are laughing all through the song. My Interpretation The meaning of this song is clear to me. I don't agree that it's being racist, although the language seems so. It's a "Punk" attitude towards self identity and middle-class value. General Comment Yes, this is clearly a send-up of an embarrassing aspect of white American culture in the s, but I don't think Reed is just putting down other people's unwitting racism; I think he's also poking fun at his younger self.
In some of those early recordings he was obviously trying to sound black. And when he says "I don't wanna be a fucked up middle-class college student anymore" I think he has some sympathy for that foolish student, because he was that person once. The "fuck up the Jews" line adds both a serious note -- he's taking a big risk there, acknowledging an uncomfortable truth about guys like Farrakhan -- and a rather heartbreaking, poignant note, because Reed was Jewish himself, and I think that in his youth he was a little ashamed of that.
Antisemitism was so pervasive in American culture that he couldn't help but internalize it to some degree. His own father had changed his name from Rabinowitz to Reed, downplaying his Jewishness in order to fit in. Anyway, this is the kind of song that could so easily be misconstrued, and I think he knew that, but he had to write it anyway, because it was the truth, and no artist worth his salt avoids telling the truth just because it's risky.
I wish we could edit our comments. I should have said "angry note" rather than "serious note" above. Also, that "fuck up the Jews" line shows how people tend to oversimplify. Black people aren't perfect, black people aren't immune from prejudice, any more than white I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed - The Definitive Collection are; but stereotypes and nuance don't mix, and that's why that line is funny, because it comes as a surprise.
Flag rosalyre on April 26, Not necessarily Not sure f that will make sense to anyone. Saturday 14 September Sunday 15 September Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September Friday 20 September Saturday 21 September Sunday 22 September Monday 23 September Tuesday 24 September Wednesday 25 September Thursday 26 September Friday 27 September Saturday 28 September Sunday 29 September Monday 30 September Tuesday 1 October Wednesday 2 October Thursday 3 October Friday 4 October Saturday 5 October Sunday 6 October Monday 7 October Tuesday 8 October Wednesday 9 October Thursday 10 October Friday Whats Going On - Daily Plannet - Team Daily October Saturday 12 October Sunday 13 October Monday 14 October Tuesday 15 October Wednesday 16 October Thursday 17 October Friday 18 October Saturday 19 October Sunday 20 October Monday 21 October Tuesday 22 October Wednesday 23 October Thursday 24 October Friday 25 October Saturday 26 October Sunday 27 October Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed - The Definitive Collection October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed - The Definitive Collection Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November There are some hits two from Transformer"Vicious" and "Walk on the Ride On - AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Side"plus some great songs most notably "Coney Island Baby"but the compilation really plays up his willfully difficult side.
In that sense, it certainly is representative of Reedwho seems to never have wanted to be accessible, but it's neither a good collection of his best solo material which would have included some challenging material, as well nor Surfing And Spying - Go-Gos - Return To The Valley Of The Go-Gos good introduction for the curious.
It's just another scattershot, ill-conceived, I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed - The Definitive Collection enjoyable compilation in a catalog filled with scattershot, ill-conceived, intermittently enjoyable compilations.
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