Shades

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    Better to Reign in Hell Than to Serve in Heaven

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        Long before the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed made his performing and songwriting debut as a member of the Shades, who made one obscure single for the Time label in 1957. (Confusingly, this is listed as a 45 by "the Jades" in the Velvet Underground Appreciation Society's discography, but other sources name the band as the Shades.) Reed, credited as "Lewis Reed," wrote one of the sides, "Leave Her for Me," an average, unmemorable doo wop-pop ballad. Better was the more uptempo fli... Read more

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