Lou Reed, Growing Up In Public

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Growing Up In Public

Lou Reed

No one much liked Reed’s 1980 album at the time even uber-fan Lester Bangs didn’t have anything good to say about it. But time has been kinder to it than anyone thought, for the simple reason that it’s one of Reed’s funniest. Sometimes the jokes misfire, as when he finishes “Smiles” with the famous “doot-doot-doot”s from “Walk on the Wild Side.” But the vicious disco parody that horns in on the singles-bar snarl “So Alone” is impressively sour, as is the self-explanatory “The Power of Positive Drinking” (“Some people think alcohol makes you less lucid/And I think that’s true if you’re kind of stupid”).