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street hassle


composers
Composition: Lou Reed


publisher
© 1978 Metal Machine Music Ltd/RCA Music Ltd


background
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SF: On that same album, you covered Lou Reed's 'Street Hassle.' I had never heard Lou Reed's version before I heard yours, which is embarrassing to admit. You took it and turned it into an epic song. Were you Velvet Underground and Lou Reed fans at the time?

JK: Oh, we were Velvet Underground freaks. In the UK, they were pretty unknown, really. When we were growing up, they were one of the ultimate cult bands. They may only have sold 5,000 records in the UK, but probably everybody who bought that record went on to form a band. That's how influential they were. And the reason for that, although in fact their music, when you looked at it, the lyrics were incredibly deep, the songs themselves were only two or three chords. So, if you were starting a band, anyone can manage two or three chords.

JK: Of course, the thing about The Velvet Underground was, they had the feel. You either have the feel, or you don't. You could learn the chords to half a dozen of their songs in a day, so anyone starting a band, there you go. That would make you feel good.

JK: But apart from that, we loved the street poetry of Lou Reed. It was the other side. I know we were talking about optimism. Simple Minds worked in the light, but The Velvet Underground certainly worked in the dark. You need night as well as day, and their music was of the seamier side of life, although there was still tremendous heart in it

JK: So, yes, we loved Lou Reed and certainly that track. We saw him play it live in London, and just hearing that orchestral thing coming out, it just blew us away and I guess we wanted to emulate that.

Songfacts Interview
March 2018




lyrics
Waltzing Matilda, looked at her wallet,
The sexy one smiled in dismay.
She pulled out four twenties,
'Cause she liked round figures,
Everybody stayed for a day.
I think I'm on fire and you know I admire you,
Buy it, why don't we slip away?
Although I'm sure you're certain,
It's a rarity me flirting,
Sha la la la lay, come on.

Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la,
Come on and slip away,
Sha la la.

Cascading lowly he entered her slowly,
And showed her where he coming from.
And sha la la la la, made love to her gently,
Just like she had never come.
And sha la la la la. Sha la la la,
When the sun rose and she made to leave.
And sha la la la la. Sha la la la you know,
Neither one regretted a thing.

Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la,
Come on and slip away.
Say sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la.

We need your loving so badly,
We need your loving so.
Slip away, come on, slip away,
Sha la la la la,
Sha la la la la.

Love has gone away,
She took the ring from my finger,
And there's nothing left to say.
We need your loving so badly,
We need your loving so,
Come on, slip away.



discography
Album Version (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray

Sparkle In The Rain Limited Edition LP Sparkle In The Rain LP Sparkle In The Rain MC Sparkle In The Rain CD Sparkle In The Rain US Promo LP Sparkle In The Rain Canadian Limited Edition Tranparent Vinyl LP Street Fighting Years Limited Edition MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Limited Edition CD Box Set Sparkle In The Rain LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Limited Edition CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster CD Five Album Set Classic Album Selection Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster LP Sparkle In The Rain Remaster CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Deluxe CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box The Vinyl Collection (79,84)

Album Version DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Album Version High Resolution Stereo (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version Dolby Digital 5:1 (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Album Version 24/96 LPCM Stereo (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version 24/96 DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version 24/96 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix (5:15)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Live Version (3rd December 1985) (7:24)
Recorded: Ahoy, Rotterdam
Engineered By: Pete Walsh
Mixed By: Pete Walsh

Sanctify Yourself Limited Edition Double Pack 7" Themes Volume Three Theme Twelve: Sanctify Yourself CD Theme Twelve: Sanctify Yourself MC Themes 12-14 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five






live history
New Gold Tour: 1982-1983
Once Upon A Time Tour: 1985-1986