“I mean, they were just painfully stupid and pretentious.”
1. Imagine: Lou Reed of Velvet Underground calling someone else pretentious. He did! In a 1987 interview with Joe Smith that is just now seeing the light of day due to PBS’s Blank on Blank series, wherein old interviews are animated and made new again.
2. The latest edition features Reed talking about bad press, wielding a shotgun on unsuspecting visitors to his New Jersey home, and — almost as an aside — this (somewhat unsurprising) gem: He never liked The Beatles.
Reed was, of course, always cantankerous and unafraid to speak his mind. And in the interview he goes full Kanye (quite a feat, considering the rapper was just 9 or 10 at the time of this interview) about his band’s abilities and purpose.