November 25, 2013 13:36

Stephen Malkmus: 'Lou Reed was better than David Bowie and Iggy Pop'

Former Pavement frontman pays tribute to late singer's influence

Stephen Malkmus: 'Lou Reed was better than David Bowie and Iggy Pop'

Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

Stephen Malkmus has said that Lou Reed was better than both David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

The former Pavement singer, who now focuses on his solo material and will release new album 'Wig Out At Jagbags' in early 2014, spoke to The Observer about his favourite music, selecting 'Sister Ray' by The Velvet Underground as a song that he always returns to.

Explaining his selection, Malkmus paid tribute to Reed, who died in October age 71, in particular. "'Sister Ray' is the ultimate song," he said. "Maybe you can't call it a song – the ultimate noise statement of all time: there's never been a song like that and there never will be again. It is with me always."

He added: "Lou Reed was so important in every way and better than Bowie, better than Iggy Pop: he was the real thing. I was living in New York from 1991-97 – it's an amazing place. The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed; they're New York to me."

Lou Reed died from liver failure on October 27, following a transplant operation in May. His death leaves John Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only surviving members of The Velvet Underground.

'Wig Out At Jagbags' is the follow-up to 2011's 'Mirror Traffic' and will be released on January 6, 2014. The LP will be followed by a run of four tourdates, starting at Leeds Brudenell on January 13, followed by Glasgow Oran Mor on January 14, Manchester Gorilla on January 15 and London Forum on January 16.

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