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“Lou Reed is the reason I do everything that I do” Julian Casablancas tweeted upon news of The Velvet Underground frontman’s death in October 2013. In a subsequent interview with NME, he expanded on those comments, explaining that Reed was “everything – the reason I started the label, music… I just felt the injustice, of how amazing he was,” adding, “For me he’s on the Mount Rushmore of rad dudes.”
Previously, The Strokes performed “Walk on the Wide Side” during a concert in 2006. Now, Casablancas honors Reed’s legacy once more by covering The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run”. Surprisingly, it’s a pretty faithful rework from a guy whose own music has becoming increasingly eccentric and divisive. Listen below.
Casablancas’ “Run Run Run” cover appears on the soundtrack to HBO’s new original series Vinyl.