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Sally Can’t Dance is a Top 10 album by Lou Reed, released in 1974, Reed’s highest-charting album.
Includes the title song, “NY Stars” (that poked fun at “fourth-rate imitators” who tried to impress him by copying his style), “Kill Your Sons” (a harrowing reflection of his stay in a psychiatric hospital at his parents’ insistence, during his teen years), and “Billy,” about the fate of a schoolmate with more ‘normal’ ambitions than he’d had. The latter track reunited Reed with erstwhile Velvet Underground bandmate Doug Yule, playing bass. Yule also joined Reed for the album’s tour, and more tracks featuring Yule from the album’s sessions have emerged on a recent CD re-issue of the album.
While the record was a hit and elevated Reed’s status as a star, he reportedly was disappointed in the album’s production (in which he took a largely passive role) and the treatment of the songs. “It seems like the less I’m involved with a record, the bigger a hit it becomes. If I weren’t on the record at all next time around, it might go to Number One.”
His record company, RCA Records, insisted on a rapid follow-up album, while his career appeared to be peaking. Tiring of the pressure put on him, and with his contract requiring RCA to release whatever record he gave them, Reed handed over the master tape of Metal Machine Music – an hour of feedback and noise, with no hope of becoming a hit.
Lou Reed – vocals, guitar
Danny Weis – guitar, tambourine, background vocals, horn arrangement
Paul Fleisher – saxophone on “Billy”
David Taylor, Lou Marini, Trevor Koehler, Jon Faddis, Alan Rubin, Alex Foster – horns
Steve Katz – harmonica, horn arrangement
Michael Fonfara – keyboards, background vocals, horn arrangement
Prakash John – bass, background vocals
Doug Yule – bass on “Billy”
Ritchie Dharma – drums on “Kill Your Sons” & “Ennui”
Pentti “Whitey” Glan – drums
Michael Wendroff – background vocals
Joanne Vent – background vocals
1. “Ride Sally Ride”
2. “Animal Language”
3. “Baby Face”
4. “N. Y. Stars”
5. “Kill Your Sons”
7. “Sally Can’t Dance”