Audio footage has emerged of late Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed labelling The Beatles as “garbage”.
The clip is part of PBS’ animated ‘Blank On Blank’ project, a series of videos which combine the audio of old interviews with famous artists with newly sketched animation.
“When [bands] did try to get ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll,” Reed says in the interview. “What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors… I never liked the Beatles [either]. I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.”
Reed also described the purpose of the Velvet Underground as being to “elevate the rock’n’roll song and take it where it hadn’t been taken before”. Watch the full ‘Blank On Blank’ interview below.
Reed passed away from liver disease on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71.
Reed’s death leaves Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only surviving members of the pioneering New York art-rock group. Cale and Reed founded The Velvet Underground in 1965. They later enlisted guitarist Sterling Morrison, who died in 1995, and singer Nico, who contributed four songs to the band’s debut and died in 1988.
The band released two albums together under the original line-up – 1967’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ and 1968’s ‘White Light/White Heat’ before Cale was replaced by Doug Yule later that year. They then released their self-titled third album in 1969, before 1970’s ‘Loaded’, Reed quitting before 1973’s ‘Squeeze’.
As well as his time in The Velvet Underground, Reed also had great success as a solo artist, with his second solo album ‘Transformer’ spawning world-renowned hits ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and ‘Perfect Day’.