The music world just lost Lou Reed – I couldn’t let this pass without a reverent shout out. With the variety of styles in rock today, sometimes it’s hard to grasp just how different The Velvet Underground were when their first album came out in 1967. They weren’t following an established style or trend. Musically sparse and lyrically dark, it was something special. Listen to ‘Venus In Furs’. You can hear how many current styles follow their pattern: shoegaze, drone, punk, you name it. True genius is pulling it out of thin air. R.I.P. Lou.