Song of the Day, September 11: What’s Good? by Lou Reed

Lou-Reed-Whats-GoodToday’s song is What’s Good? by Lou Reed. It appears on his 1992 albums Magic and Loss, a meditation on death. The album was inspired by the deaths of two people significant to Reed, songwriter Doc Pomus and a woman identified as simply “Rita.” Each song has an explicit purpose; What’s Good? is the second track, identified as “the Thesis.”

Reed’s lyrics merge the absurd with the painfully real as he ponders how these losses have disturbed and saddened him. Relying on irony to convey his anger — the rage will manifest itself more viscerally on later tracks — he sets up a powerful introduction to the heavy themes of the album. It’s a mature work by a seasoned artist and it works perfectly.

What good is seeing eye chocolate
What good’s a computerized nose
And what good was cancer in April
Why no good – no good at all

Enjoy this dark song today.

About these ads

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer and researcher; fan of comic books, folk music, and British TV

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

blueblueneonglow

writing about music

onlylivingboyintitirangi

More stories about planes, trains and gigs

Not Bound To Follow Suit

There are only two kinds of music in the world: music I like and music I don't.

Name-Brand Ketchup.

My memory is full, but my lap top is empty.

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

The Books of Jobe

A Writer and Pop Culture Lover's Journey Down The Long And Winding Road To Publication

Ilene On Words

The Power of Words

Villager at Large

The ramblings of a music obsessive and football tragic.

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 68 other followers

%d bloggers like this: