If you were a fan, you probably watched with horror, incredulity and fretful concern at the things Lou Reed put himself through in the '70s, especially after the critical and commercial rejection of Berlin hardened an already cynical disposition into an unsparing bitterness and what seemed like a headlong pursuit of self-obliteration. Even more than Keith Richards at the time, Lou seemed the rock star most likely to become a casualty of his addictions.
When towards the end of 1974, The Troggs announce their latest comeback single will be a cover of The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", it's an occasion for much mocking laughter in the offices of what used to be Melody Maker.
My Bloody Valentine have uploaded their long-awaited new album on YouTube – scroll to the bottom of the page and click to begin listening.
The nine-track follow-up to 1991's 'Loveless', titled 'mbv', was released at midnight (GMT) on the evening of February 2 via a brand new website for the band. Shortly after, they posted all nine tracks on YouTube.
The album is sold as a download only, CD and download or as a 180g vinyl, CD and download package. The vinyl and CD packages will be posted within three weeks of purchase date, but the download is immediate.