Everything Lou Reed

Post-Velvet Underground Lou. That's it. Simple, eh?
Clap your hands, everybody, and everybody clap your hands!  Paris, 1974.

Clap your hands, everybody, and everybody clap your hands!  Paris, 1974.

Tower Theatre, Philadelphia on 21 April 1978 by Waring Abbott.

Tower Theatre, Philadelphia on 21 April 1978 by Waring Abbott.

Yeah, I’ve got a promo copy of Metal Machine Music…and I have never listened to it for more than 15 seconds.  Got a problem with that?!

Yeah, I’ve got a promo copy of Metal Machine Music…and I have never listened to it for more than 15 seconds.  Got a problem with that?!

Smile for the camera!
Early 70s at Max’s Kansas City, by Leee.

Smile for the camera!

Early 70s at Max’s Kansas City, by Leee.

1975 or ‘76

1975 or ‘76

1970-something…

1970-something…

To be honest, My Name Is Mok is one of my favorite songs from Lou’s 1980s catalog.  It’s taken from the 1983 flick, Rock & Rule, which is a great slice of early 80s animation in the Heavy Metal vein.

The rhythm section is what gives the tune its power, with Ellard “Moose” Boles’ heavy basslines and Michael Suchorsky’s uncharacteristically concussive drums.

Lead Vocals and Guitar: Lou Reed
Keyboards: Michael Fonfara
Guitars: Stuart Heinrich, Chuck Hammer
Bass: Ellard J. Boles
Drums: Michael Suchorsky
Background Vocals: Avery Sommers, Heather B. Withers, Trudy Bayne
Recorded at RCA Studios, NYC

I’ve always wondered about this being recorded in ‘83, since Lou last played with this band (studio or live) in 1980.  It’s entirely possible the music tracks were demos or previously recorded tracks that were recycled for the movie.  No Rock & Rule soundtrack was ever released.