Some Kinda Love” (originally on the third album) as though it’s a second album song. Get it? White Light/White Heat is the noisiest VU album; Velvet Underground is the quietest. In 1993, the “noise” factor is increased considerably, with Morrison doing one of his more extended guitar solos and Cale coming in at the end with a wonderfully disjointed electric piano solo.
His approach is particularly extreme on “Beginning to See the Light” where you’re happy for Cale’s attempt to deliver “how does it feel to be loved” more or less straight while Lou does his vocal hiccups.
“Some Kinda Love” suffers a bit from the tendency, but in general Reed keeps his eye on the ball, probably because it’s one of the more interesting lyrics from his VU days. In fact the opening verse is so good, it’s worth quoting in full: “In some kinds of love,” Marguerita told Tom, / “Between thought and expression lies a lifetime / Situations arise [here “evolve”] / Because of the weather / And no kinds of love / Are better than others” / La-di-ta-ta-ta
The bridge, about putting jelly on your shoulder to do what you fear most, is odd but it leads to one of those moments when Lou Reed gets a bit more forthcoming than usual: “that from which you recoil but which still makes your eyes moist.” There you have his typical perversity, which might be something of an oxymoron. Reed knows that the thing that makes you uneasy is the thing you secretly crave, or at least is the thing to which you have a strong visceral connection and his point here is that “some kinda love” can be unpleasant, and make you anxious, and make you like that jelly. “Lie down upon the carpet / Between thought and expression / Let us now kiss the culprit.” I guess we’re a little closer to seeing the thought made flesh, so to speak.
The version of the song on Velvet Underground has a distinctive swirling guitar sound and a very lambent vocal from Reed. And that’s fine, but I like hearing the song become, live in ’93, one of those epic workouts I love so much on Live ’69 (also, sans Cale). So let’s hear it for the reunited VU even if it was just for the money. And let’s hear it for our lost Lou and his thoughts and expressions.