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I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed - The Definitive Collection


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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.

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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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  1. Listen free to Lou Reed – The Definitive Collection (The Blue Mask - Digitally Remastered , I Wanna Be Black - Digitally Remastered and more). 16 tracks (). Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at dagxxx.daizahnishndarmeztizuru.infoinfo
  2. Lou Reed - I Want To Boogie With You - Digitally Remastered Lyrics. Hey pretty baby don't you think you might give me a chance Get it on with me go downtown for .
  3. Compilation Produced by Lou Reed bit digital mastering from the original master tapes: Track 1 from 'The Blue Mask' 2, 5, 10 from 'Street Hassle' 3, 7, 15 from 'The Bells' 4 from 'Coney Island Baby' 6 from 'New York' 8 from 'Set The Twilight Reeling' 9 & 12 from 'Transformer' 11 & 13 from 'Rock And Roll Heart' 14 from 'Magic And Loss'/5(15).
  4. Sep 13,  · Career-defining tunes like “Heroin” and “Walk on the Wild Side” are juxtaposed with semi-obscure but worthwhile tracks like “Temporary Thing” and “Kill Your Sons” (included here in fiery live form). Track for track, this is probably the most definitive collection of Lou Reed's work available.
  5. The Definitive Collection er ei samleplate med Lou Reed gjeven ut på Arista i Plateomslaget bestod av eit bilete teken av Mick Rock frå midten av åra.. Innhald "The Blue Mask" "I Wanna Be Black" "Looking for Love" "Coney Island Baby"Sjanger: Rock.
  6. Dec 29,  · Considering Lou Reed has had a long history of often intentional commercial suicide, it is not surprising that the Definitive Collection, the best-of compilation Mr. Reed handpicked in , neglected the few obvious choices from his songbook, such as "Satellite of Love," "Wild Child" and "Sally Can't Dance," and grouped together an eclectic bunch of tracks that generally gathered little /5(11).
  7. Compiled by Lou Reed himself, The Definitive Compilation not only doesn't live up to the promise of its title, it proves that an artist is not always the best judge of his own work.6/
  8. Lou Reed has been a solo artist now for close to 30 years, and consumers still do not have a decent compilation of his career on CD. "The Definitive Collection" represented a perfect and timely opportunity to right this wrong, but failed/5.
  9. Song information for I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed on AllMusic. Song information for I Wanna Be Black - Lou Reed on AllMusic AllMusic. New Releases. Featured New Releases The Definitive Collection. Arista: Lou Reed. Very Best of Lou Reed. BMG International:
  10. The Definitive Collection is Arista's Lou Reed collection, complete with an appropriately decadent cover photo by Mick Rock from the mids. Track listing Edit "The Blue Mask" "I Wanna Be Black" "Looking for Love" "Coney Island Baby" "Shooting Star" "Romeo Had Juliette" "I Want to Boogie With You" "Set the Twilight Reeling".

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