Lou Reed And John Cale’s Songs For Drella Revisited

Source: The Quietus .

For the year is not 1968, the year of global insurrection and the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat, but 1990, the year of history’s end and Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs For Drella.

It’s here, with former partners Reed and Cale both aged 48 and their patron Andy Warhol’s body three winters a-mouldering in the grave, that we might better discern what the pageant of their youth with the Velvet Underground amounts to after all. Amid 2020’s Everests of fresh hell and supernovas of emancipatory energy, Rhino’s reissue of Songs For Drella invites us to pull up a chair at the candlelit table where Reed and Cale hold hands across two decades and the seance begins.