Nov 082010

This week Susan Boyle drops her sophomore album, the Christmas disc The Gift (look for a review soon). In addition to holiday staples like “The First Noel” and “Away in a Manger,” Boyle throws in a few more twentieth century tunes. One is Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” If you remember, Boyle’s connection to “Perfect Day” first made headlines when Reed supposedly denied her permission to perform it on America’s Got Talent. Reed’s people clarified that this was simply a legal issue, but the image of the inexplicably adorable singer – Boyle, not Reed – “sobbing her eyes out” at LAX proved difficult to shake.

Ever penitent, Reed not only allowed her to include “Perfect Day” on the gift; he directed the music video. His directorial style could be summarized in two words: more mountains. Well, it is Scotland after all. Boyle emotes from a loch, emotes from a forest, and emotes from, yes, a mountaintop. Check it out below.

Susan Boyle – Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover)

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  10 Responses to “Lou Reed Directs Susan Boyle’s Cover of…Lou Reed”

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  1. OK. I’ve always admired Mr. Reed’s work, so I thought I’d have a look at his latest by viewing this video with the sound off so as not to hear what is inevitably foing to be a terrible version, given who the perpetrator is. However, curiosity go the better of me and I’m glad it did. The total lack of sync between her mouth and the recording is hilarious!!!

  2. OK. I’m at 1:24 and that’s it – I’ve had enough! Think I’ll have to play Transformer now to restore my sanity! ;-)

  3. You’re made of sterner stuff than myself. I bailed before the 1 minute mark. It is hilariously out-of-sync and that’s the only interesting element. This video surely is a practical joke on someone’s part. Isn’t it?

  4. I so do hope so Holly!!!

  5. This video is just the capper. The whole Susan Boyle exercise is Simon Cowell pushing the boundaries of cynical and calculated music biz marketing to the farthest reaches. It’s a performance art piece for Simon. Almost seems like a game and he’s waiting to see how far he can go with this farce before the buzzer.

  6. Boring ass shit.

  7. @holly Couldn’t agree more. Xfactor and its ilk are evil.

  8. Still haven’t forgiven her mutilation of Wild Horses. She’s like Autotune in human form.

  9. It takes a special talent indeed — and I don’t mean a good one — to take a Lou Reed song and turn it into Enya.

  10. I think that’s an insult to Enya!! lol

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