There are a lot of things Morrissey does not care for, but Lou Reed isn’t one of them. The Smiths frontman has expressed his reverence for Reed many times over the years, and yesterday he posted a short, moving tribute to his idol online.
Posted on True to You, a Moz fan site, the Pope of Mope wrote of the late Velvet Underground (and beyond) singer:
‘Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?’
No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
He ended his note with a quote from poet Patrick McGill: “7 glasses used to be/Called for six good mates and me/Now we only call for three.”
Morrissey’s never been shy when it comes to discussing Reed’s legend. In a 2011 interview with the Telegraph UK, he spoke of going to a Reed show alone as a kid:
“At the age of 12 I went to see Lou Reed by myself,” said Morrissey. “Which was extraordinary now, on reflection, to go and see Lou Reed at the age of 12 in Manchester and to survive the experience. I also saw David Bowie and Roxy Music during that year and the following year. Which seems extraordinary to me now, to imagine a 12 or 13 year-old going by themselves, to see somebody such as Lou Reed who was at the time singing exclusively about transexuality and heroin and death and the beauty of death and the impossibility of life.”
When asked if Reed really was as “grumpy and difficult” as the legend had it, Morrissey responded, “He’s terribly nice! Terribly, terribly nice. And he’s one of those people who, when I first met him, I expected the worst. But he’s terribly nice. Once again, very friendly and very interested. Not a difficult, abrasive moment.”
Check out a clip of Morrissey covering Reed’s “Satellite of Love” below: