I’ve visited New York, I’ll never say I know it, but if you are someone who knows that town, this one’s for you. Lou Reed made this tune about an annual Halloween event, and his roll call of the good, the bad and the ugly of that scene is a poignant elegy for those who showed up one year, but didn’t return for the next, as folks died from HIV / AIDS. There’s no better sad song than this:
LOU REED - "Halloween Parade"
Here’s one of Keith Richards’ rare turns at lead vocals:
THE ROLLING STONES - "Before They Make Me Run"
STEVE EARLE & THE SUPERSUCKERS - “Before They Make Me Run” (cover)
THE PROCLAIMERS - “My Old Friend The Blues” (cover)
STEVE EARLE - “My Old Friend The Blues”