- Songs for Drella
Name = Songs for Drella
Lou Reedand John Cale
Released = April, 11
Recorded = at Sigma Sound, New York City
Length = 52:54
Producer = Lou Reed and John Cale
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Misc = Extra chronology 2
Type = Album
Last album = "New York"
This album = "Songs for Drella"
Next album = "
Magic and Loss"
(1992)Extra chronology 2
Type = Album
Last album = "
Words for the Dying"
This album = "Songs for Drella"
Next album = "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
"Songs for Drella" is a
concept albumby Lou Reedand John Cale, alumni of The Velvet Underground.
January 9, 1989Cale and Reed performed a selection of "Songs for Drella" at The Church of St. Anne's in Brooklyn. The first full version was played on November 29-30, and December 2-3 at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. On the last date they were joined onstage by Maureen Tuckerfor the encore of "Pale Blue Eyes".
It was released in 1990 by
Sire Records. A live performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Ed Lachman, was filmed and released on VHSand laserdiscformats.
The album is the pair's first collaboration since 1972, and is dedicated to the memory of
Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname coined by Warhol superstarOndine for Warhol, a contraction of Draculaand Cinderella, used by Warhol's crowd.
"Songs for Drella" offers a kind of "vie romancée" of Warhol, focusing on his interpersonal relations. The songs fall roughly into three categories: Warhol's (semi-fictitious) first-person perspective, third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person feelings towards and commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves.
Reed and Cale had been playing the songs live in 1989 as a
song cyclebefore committing them to tape. By the end of recording Cale vowed never to work with Reed again due to personal differences; nevertheless, "Songs for Drella" would prove to be the overture to a full-blown Velvet Underground reunion.
Although the album was conceived as an indivisible whole, a single was released off it, "Nobody But You".
All songs written by Lou Reed and John Cale. All vocals by Reed except songs marked with † by Cale.
# "Small Town" - 2:04
# "Open House" - 4:18
# "Style It Takes" - 2:54 †
# "Work" - 2:38
# "Trouble with Classicists" - 3:42 †
# "Starlight" - 3:28
# "Faces and Names" - 4:12 †
# "Images" - 3:31
# "Slip Away (A Warning)" - 3:05
# "It Wasn't Me" - 3:30
# "I Believe" - 3:18
# "Nobody But You" - 3:46
# "A Dream" - 6:33 †
# "Forever Changed" - 4:52 †
# "Hello It's Me" - 3:13
Lou Reed– vocals, guitar
John Cale– vocals, keyboards, viola
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