British crooner, and former Smiths singer, Morrissey released a live cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” today. The song was apparently recorded two years ago in Las Vegas, but is just now being released to no doubt honor the recently deceased Velvet Underground member. That, and the Moz also has an audio book coming out this week, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Even if it is a bit of a gimmicky-marketing release, the cover is really good.
I’m probably gonna catch a lot of hell for this but: I’m not a big Lou Reed fan. He has a couple of really good songs, but overall I think he’s a bit overrated. That said, I think that Reed’s songs work best when he’s being covered (I call this the Bob Dylan-effect). Morrissey brings his usual charm and almost embarrassingly earnestness to the song, which increases my appreciation of “Satellite of Love.” In fact, if I hadn’t just re-listened to Reed’s TRANSFORMER I’d have sweared this was an original song.