Five albums you should listen to, if you like the words.

John Cale and Lou Reed – Songs for Drella Often described as a eulogy for Andy Warhol, what it actually is, is two guys who don’t really like each other but adored Andy Warhol differently, duking it out on record and it’s just fascinating. On ‘The style it takes’ delivered in Cales beautiful clipped accent, he sings ‘lets do a movie, right here next week, we don’t have sound but you’re so great, you don’t have to speak’ and it’s one of many lines that give us an intimate peek behind the curtain of what life was like at The Factory. Reed doesn’t disappoint either with a withering and vicious attack on would-be Warhol assassin Valerie Solanas. Bare Naked Ladies – Rock Spectacle (Live) There are fewer acts who have as much fun on stage than these guys and this is exemplified by the effortless, whimsical yet articulate unselfconsciousness of every lyric. ‘If I had a million dollars’ contains the line ‘I’d buy you a green dress…but not a real green dress that’s cruel’ which is a riff on the studio version’s original line replacing ‘fur coat’ with ‘green dress’. Funny, charming urbane and sensitive, the whole album experience is like joining a gang. Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall Bill has a way of sharing the common experiences of everyday folks without $20 resorting words to move...

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