Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’. It’s just a simple ditty and Susan Boyle was going to sing it in her good old Scots way, on America’s Got Talent. But no, former Velvet Underground singer songwriter says ‘no’ to Susan singing ‘Perfect Day’. He is not a fan. Of Susan Boyle, that is. Upon receiving the news that Reed, of Andy Warhol’s iconic 60s ‘protopunk, art rock’ band The Velvet Underground, nixed her rendition of ‘Perfect Day’ Susan Boyle, left the AGT studios in tears.
Not a fan myself of moody experimental rock in general or Lou Reed in particular, I had to Youtube ‘Perfect Day’ to hear it again. Not an uber exciting song. Perfect Day fits modern trends to downplay instrumentals and lyrics. Perfect Day is simple in the extreme. If you like understatement, you like Perfect Day. Be that as it may, moribund Lou Reed is refusing Susan Boyle permission to use Perfect Day for AGT. My questions are two; first, simply, why? So Reed’s not a fan of Susan Boyle. And? I’m not seeing why he would take issue with her singing his song.
Question two. Does it matter? Perfect Day was written in 1972. Don’t songs have some sort of statute of limitations by which the song becomes public domain after a time? Can Lou Reed, or any artist legally prevent someone from singing a song they’ve written? I suppose that’s a moot point because if someone is rude enough to come forward and make a statement publicly that you can’t sing their song because they don’t like you, I guess it would be too embarassing to pursue the legality.
I say Susan Boyle should say ‘sucks to you, Lou’ and find a better song, more worthy of her amazingly beautiful singing voice. ‘Perfect Day’ ain’t that great of a song. And if a washed out has-been that looks like dessicated lizard (that would be Lou Reed) wants to get his knickers in a twist over a rather lackluster song he wrote, I say don’t think another thing about it. To Lou Reed, I say, ‘Dude, remove stick from ass. You should be thankful that Susan Boyle chose to sing your song.’
Ironic, isn’t it, that Lou Reed wrote in his song Perfect Day, ‘you’re going to reap what you sow’? These things have a way of coming back to bite us. I wonder if, as Susan Boyle’s star-ascendant continues on it’s heavenward path, Lou Reed may come to regret that he made a stink about letting her sing his song.