Lou Reed – The Bed

Lou Reed – The Bed

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艺术上的前卫,需要多长时间才能被理解?又有多少艺术作品从出生到现在还前卫到依旧被人丢弃在储藏间里遗忘唾弃?都说不清楚。然而对Lou Reed在1973发行的个人第三张专辑 Berlin 来说,从它神乎其神地诞生,到2006年Lou Reed 终于鼓起勇气,决定再次将 Berlin 的搬上舞台,时间过去了三十三年。此时的老李也已经年逾六旬,这个曾经的摇滚乐史上最重要最桀骜不驯的人物,可能一开始也不会想到自己的大作居然尘封三十余载。

可以想象的是,在上世纪70年代的西方世界,主流文化尚且温雅含蓄不敢直面社会阴暗面的背景下,Berlin 的诞生意味着一个令人难以接受的外形古怪内涵阴郁的怪胎的问世。专辑以柏林为设定场景,以一对情侣支离破碎的情感经历为故事主线,在歌曲中连贯叙事,在歌词中毫无忌讳地触及了毒品、家庭暴力及自杀等尖锐的社会现象。无论从唱片的制作概念或者涉及的话题来讲,在当时连专业乐评人士都难以直面接受,更别说一般的乐迷。于是原本雄心勃勃推出的 Berlin 惨遭滑铁卢,争议不断,以至于 Lou Reed 在之后相当长的时间内都不愿意回首演唱演奏 Berlin 中的曲目。

到底是何等的深沉抑郁?听听这首 The Bed。淡雅轻松音乐背景下,Lou Reed 以男主角的角度向听者唱着介绍着:“这是她在那个夜晚割腕时倒下的床,我们原来就住在这个地方,这个我为之付出爱与血的地方… 如果一开始我会知道结局是如此,我就不会开始。但是有意思的是,我对这结局却似乎不是感到那么悲伤…”。Lou Reed习惯性痉挛的唱腔,在此刻倒也很配合地正常起来,只是依旧地神经质,安然轻松地说着血淋淋的往事,彷佛在告诉我们某次合家郊游的流水日记而已。一切如此不妥地搭配起来组成作品听懂之后,倒是颇让人毛骨悚然,也难怪当时乐迷难以接受。

但是最终回过来说,这毕竟只是艺术家的一次意识超前的创作。在后人更加包容或者换个角度说更加麻木的审美观下,Lou Reed当年大胆的概念创新和尖锐的人文关怀受到了应有的肯定和接纳。于是乎,老树开花。而三十三年的等待对 Lou Reed 来说也许根本不算什么,他已经布满皱纹的脸上依旧满是当年桀骜不驯的神态,他还是那个 Lou Reed,一切彷佛都没有改变。

This is the place where she lay her head

when she went to bed at night

And this is the place our children were conceived

candles lit the room brightly at night

And this is the place where she cut her wrists

that odd and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

This is the place where we used to live

I paid for it with love and blood

And these are the boxes that she kept on the shelf

Filled with her poetry and stuff

And this is the room where she took the razor

and cut her wrists that strange and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

I never would have started if I’d known

that it’s end this way

But funny thing, I’m not at all sad

that it stopped this way

This is the place where she lay her head

when she went to bed at night

And this is the place our children were conceived

candles lit the room brightly at night

And this is the place where she cut her wrists

That odd and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

Slowghost

2011.01.26.

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