VIDEO – BP Fallon backed by The Strypes – ‘Vicious’

An insanely great tribute to Lou Reed’s song ‘Vicious’ recorded at the SXSW 2014 Official Tribute To Lou Reed – with Clem Burke from Blondie/BP Fallon & The Bandits joining in on cowbell.

Screengrab – BP Fallon & The Strypes

LA Times
SXSW 2014: Lou Reed tribute mostly rises to the challenge
by Randall Roberts, LA Times Pop Music Critic
My favorite cover, though, came early, and it featured the Irish DJ, singer and photographer BP Fallon backed by young Irish rockers The Strypes. Performing Reed’s mean-streets rocker ‘Vicious’, the singer couldn’t hit many of the notes but neither could Reed, which made it a plus. Coupled with The Strypes who traffic in solid, no frills hard rock, Fallon and band’s version had a super-potent rawness – landing in a zone that Reed helped define.

An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for ‘One Motherf—er of a Songwriter’
by Gary Graff
The night also had its moments of weird – veteran scenester BP Fallon joining The Strypes for ‘Vicious’ and drag queen Sharon Needles crooning ‘Candy Says’.

Rolling Stone
The Strypes Bring Maximum R&B to New York
by David Fricke
The Strypes operate according to their own calendar, maps and hunger, jumping oceans and decades for their lessons and inspiration. (Extra credit: their surprise appearance at SXSW, with Irish PR legend and DJ BP Fallon, covering ‘Vicious’ at the Lou Reed tribute).

BP Fallon & The Strypes by Gary Miller

BP Fallon & Josh McClorey by Todd V Wolfson

BP Fallon & Ross Farrelly by Gary Miller

The House Band

The house band who backed many of the acts was incredible and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival plus Tony Shanahan from The Patti Smith Group on bass with Ivan Julian from Richard Hell & The Voidoids on guitar, Matt Fish on cello and Susan Voelz on violin.

Bandits rock’n’roll at Lou’s tribute – Clem Burke & BP Fallon & Lenny Kaye by Leanna Asheton

The Set List

Sweet Jane – Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone
Cool It Down – The Bizarros
Romeo Had Juliet – Cheetah Chrome
Femme Fatale – Cindy Lee Berryhill
Vicious – BP Fallon backed by The Strypes
Oh Sweet Nothing – Bobby Bare Jr.
I’m Waiting for My Man – Garland Jeffreys
Perfect Day – Louise Goffin
Waves of Fear – The Fauntleroys
I Love You Suzanne – Rosie Flores
Coney Island Baby – Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3
Candy Says – Sharon Needles
Smalltown – Joe Dallesandro
White Light/White Heat – Escovedo and Barone
All Tomorrow’s Parties – Richard Barone with Cindy Lee Berryhill
Rock and Roll Heart – Chuck Prophet
Sally Can’t Dance – Jesse Malin
Real Good Time Together – The Fleshtones
Walk on the Wild Side – Suzanne Vega
Kill Your Sons – Wayne Kramer
Pale Blue Eyes – Lucinda Williams
Run, Run, Run – The Black Lips
Sister Ray – The Baseball Project
What Goes On – Sean Lennon
Street Hassle – Alejandro Escovedo
Satellite of Love – Spandau Ballet
I’ll Be Your Mirror – Richard Barone
Rock And Roll – All

Presented by Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone and their incredible team at The Paramount Theater, Austin, Texas

Two dancers taken by the spirit during ‘Rock And Roll’. The guitars are being played by Lenny Kaye and Wayne Kramer of The MC5, so it’s not surprising. Photography by Todd V Wolfson

“Ahh, my life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll”. The finale. Photography by Kim Galusha


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