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Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:58
by Sheila Klein
According to the new DeCurtis bio, this low-movement ad was what the director came up with at the last minute, when Lou showed up for the shoot too wasted to perform the original and more elaborate idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Ngt7VY-Iw

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:11
by peppergomez
My god Reed was bad during most of the 70s

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 10:22
by bleach
Scary as that shows probably the best footage of Reed that day!

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 21:28
by threechordwonder
I have often wondered whether "Ride Sally Ride" was meant as a tribute to Sally Ride.

Any ideas anyone?

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 00:31
by iaredatsun
Sheila Klein wrote:According to the new DeCurtis bio, this low-movement ad was what the director came up with at the last minute, when Lou showed up for the shoot too wasted to perform the original and more elaborate idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Ngt7VY-Iw


Brilliant. Lou at his best.

peppergomez wrote:My god Reed was bad during most of the 70s


70's. Solo Lou at his best.

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 01:20
by iaredatsun
threechordwonder wrote:I have often wondered whether "Ride Sally Ride" was meant as a tribute to Sally Ride.

Any ideas anyone?


Sally Ride the astronaut was not accepted by NASA for training until 1978. So it seems unlikely Lou Reed would have heard of her before that. Unless there is another Sally Ride?

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 02:53
by Sheila Klein
From the Wikipedia entry on "Mustang Sally":

The chorus of the song includes the lyrics "ride, Sally, ride" — a phrase that became fodder for newspaper headlines in 1983, when astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. The Lou Reed song "Ride Sally Ride", which quotes these lyrics throughout, is the first track on his 1974 album Sally Can't Dance. The same lyric is found in "Dance to the Music" by Sly & The Family Stone in 1968 and in the children's song "Sally The Camel".

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 21:42
by iaredatsun
Sheila Klein wrote:From the Wikipedia entry on "Mustang Sally":

The chorus of the song includes the lyrics "ride, Sally, ride" — a phrase that became fodder for newspaper headlines in 1983, when astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. The Lou Reed song "Ride Sally Ride", which quotes these lyrics throughout, is the first track on his 1974 album Sally Can't Dance. The same lyric is found in "Dance to the Music" by Sly & The Family Stone in 1968 and in the children's song "Sally The Camel".


Well spotted. So Lou borrowed it from Wilson Pickett, Sly or the children's song... and cleverly changed it's meaning. Not the first time he's done that.

In the Reed song, is it
Ride, Sally, ride?
Ride Sally, ride?
or Ride Sally Ride?

Re: Sally Can't Dance No More

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 18:07
by threechordwonder
Thanks for the gems about Ride Sally Ride. I'd read all that stuff on the net of course ... it's just that I thought Sally Can't Dance was released in 1984, ten years too late, when it would have made sense. My dotage approaches and I have nowhere to hide.