Welcome to the first installment (finally) of The Five Songs I Can’t Live Without, which says what it does on the tin: five songs someone in particular can’t live without, however they interpret that last bit. We’ll talk not just to musicians, but also to other interesting folk, granted we get our acts together. We kick off with singer-songwriter Clara Benin: a darling of the indie scene, she’s mounting two farewell (for now) concerts – she’ll take a break from music, she says – this coming Friday and Saturday, 29-30 July, at Teatrino. But before she goes on that break, we somehow managed to ask her about those five songs.
For the past five decades, Lou Reed has been a silent but daunting presence in the alternative scene. His work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s may not have been commercial successful at the time but,
in Brian Eno’s words, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies [of their record debut] started a band.” (Update: Brian never never really said that, but agrees with the sentiment.) His solo records in the 1970s established him further, and he continued collaborating with many artists up until his death. For a guy who wrote about the grimness of New York, and consistently pushed the boundaries, “impressive” doesn’t quite cover it. [NB]