Lou Reed apparently used to have a problem with college-aged intruders at his middle-of-nowhere New Jersey property. The solution? Charging outside with a shotgun.
“It’s hunting country out there — you better run,” Reed says in a new short video animating a 1987 interview with the rock and roll icon.
In the clip that rarely heard interview with Joe Smith comes to life with stylized and often pretty funny illustrations, as Reed talks about his vision as a musician and the response it got when the Velvet Underground first came out the 1960s.
The video comes courtesy of Blank on Blank, the PBS Digital Studios-produced series that takes rare celebrity interviews and cuts and animates them, putting the words to a modern context.
“I got a little puzzled at how savage the reaction against us was,” he says. “I write a song called ‘Heroin’, you would have thought that I murdered the Pope or something.”
Reed goes on to say he’d wanted to write the great American novel but he also loved rock and roll and that’s what shaped his music. He wanted to write rock music one could listen to as they got older that would be “timeless in the subject matter and the literacy of the lyrics.”
He also takes aim at some other rock heroes of the time, notably the Doors and the Beatles, respectively calling them “stupid” and “garbage.”
“If you’d say, Who do you like? ‘I like nobody,'” he says.
Watch it here: