Doo wop and early ‘60s pop may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Lou Reed, but, listening to his early work with The Velvet Underground, all of that – and much more – is there. Like The Velvet Underground did a couple of generations ago, Hollis Brown, a five-piece band from Brooklyn, clearly draws on a variety of influences to craft a classic rock and roll sound.
After playing the entire VU album Loaded at a Lou Reed tribute, Hollis Brown decided they would follow with a recorded version, titled Hollis Brown Gets Loaded. Their take on “I Found a Reason” is a rich and reverent remake of the original. The differences are subtle; sometimes it’s best not to mess with what many view as sacred territory. While tambourine and layered vocal harmonies may seem like standard trademarks of ‘60s pop (Loaded was a 1970 release), not many records of that style have lyrics like “I do believe, you are what you perceive, what comes is better than what came before.” Listen below.
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