Lou Reed once told MGMT that they don’t need managers
The Best Show podcast, hosted by Tom Sharpling on iTunes reveals the inside scoop about what happened when the indie-disco-rock n’ roll duo MGMT approached the great Lou Reed to contribute vocals to their album Congratulations.
MGMT, currently consisting of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser told Sharpling that they had reached out to the late “Satellite of Love” singer to perform spoken word vocals on the song “Lady Dada’s Nightmare.”
Lou Reed responded by saying the song didn’t need his contribution.
Reed also told the group that they didn’t need managers, while the managers were in the room.
He is Lou Reed after so he can pretty much get away with anything, especially when dealing with a younger generation of indie-rock musicians.
Surely the managers, nor the group took personal offense to this. If anything it seems as though he was indirectly complimenting MGMT on their talent and success.
The band was just grateful they got to meet the icon at all—citing that they also had a run in at the famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The song “Lady Dada’s Nightmare” is absent of vocals with the exception of what sounds like drowned out screaming in the background. It is a four-and-a-half minute adventure into a dreamland with a softcore rock n’ roll vibe.
While lovely as it is, it’s not hard to see why the band might have thought a spoken word component from Lou Reed would have made this piece unforgettable.
The song is almost begging for Reed’s iconically at-ease and mesmerizing vocals. It could have greatly benefited from his contribution.
It is possible Reed just didn’t want his name on the project, or genuinely didn’t see eye to eye with the group on their vision.
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Listen: MGMT Lady Dada’s Nightmare