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“He’s just a big schlub from Detroit. He’s fat and he’s got a mustache. I wouldn’t shit in Lester’s nose.”

Lou Reed, in a jab at Lester Bangs after the rock critic referred to his transvestite (but possibly transsexual) lover Rachel as “the bearded lady” in a column — in an interview with “Zig Zag” magazine, circa 1973.

Lou Reed – Lester’s nose

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“Purely strange, a mother lode of unholy awe. If the album ‘Berlin’ was melted down in a vat and reshaped into human form, it would be this creature.”

Lester Bangs, from Jim DeRogatis’ biography of Bangs, “Let It Blurt,” describing Bangs’ impression of Rachel, a transvestite (but possibly transsexual) Lou Reed was dating and who was in tow when Bangs interviewed Reed at the Detroit Hilton in 1973.┬áMore info and photos of Rachel and Lou here.

Lester Bangs – Rachel the transvestite

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Danny Fields, at right, with Lou Reed and Andy Warhol in an undated photo

Danny Fields, at right, with Lou Reed and Andy Warhol in an undated photo

“They hired someone at a low level who wore bellbottoms and smoked dope and took LSD in the office — me. And I really would take LSD in the office. I would sit around and just lick it. My hands would be all orange.”

Danny Fields, music journalist and one-time publicist for Elektra Records, partly responsible for getting The Stooges and MC5 signed to the label in the late 1960s, in the 1996 book, “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk,” curated by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

Danny Fields – Please Kill Me

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9. My pet land hermit crab, Spud, who sometimes goes for days at a time curled up inside his shell in a corner of the cage so you gotta check to see if he’s dead, likes MMM a lot. Every time I put it on, he comes out of his shell and starts crawling happily around the sand and climbing the bars. It is, in fact, the only time I ever see him get any exercise. Either that or he’s dancing.

Lester Bangs, from his review of Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music,” in the March 1976 issue of Creem, in which he listed 17 reasons why it was a good album

Lester Bangs – Metal Machine Music

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Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, “Wonder Woman”

Part “Grease,” part “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” but mostly a John Waters wet dream in the flesh, what it all really boils down to is that Jayne/Wayne County is the Louis Armstrong of transgender rock. She started it all, baby. She even fronted the original Backstreet Boys in her heyday, penning the roller rink-ready “Cream in My Jeans” (included on the classic protopunk compilation, “Max’s Kansas City 1976”).

After fleeing Bumfuck, Ga., in the late 1960s, County took part in the Stonewall riots and was recruited to star in an Andy Warhol play, “Pork,” by Jackie Curtis — a transvestite Superstar who was name-checked in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” and who County looked up to as a mentor. County went on to front Queen Elizabeth, whose stage act County swears David Bowie stole for his 1974 “Diamond Dogs” tour.

“Wonder Woman,” a late-glam romp off Wayne County & the Electric Chairs’ 1979’s “Things Your Mother Never Told You,” gets right to the point. The superhero in question happens to be a rather raunchy sexpot:

“I’m your Aunt Jemima at breakfast
Well I’m, I’m the other side of the coin
I got a hunch that you want some lunch
Well, I’ve got gravy in my groin (slurp noise)”

‘Nuff said. Or, as County herself concludes on the song:

“Take it or leave it, but you better believe it.”

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