So... I've been having a debate with a few folks on a Moto Guzzi forum I'm on. I happen to think Lou Reed was a massively influential musician. I think this not because he was a technician who enlarged the boundaries of his given instrument, but more because of his limitations. As others have written in recent days far better than I ever will, his work connected basic rock and roll with avant guard, noise, the art world, and the street. Though Eno didn't actually say it, the bit about only a thousand people buying the Velvet's first record when it came but them all starting bands seems pretty spot on to me. What do you think? I know he's not everyone's cup of tea, and when he wasn't good he was flat awful, but without conflating one's personal taste and Reed's actual influence, what do you think?