Spin Doc­tor and the lat­est al­bum reviews

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shedden spin­doc@ theaus­tralian.com.au

SD had the plea­sure this week of meet­ing 69year-old knit­ting artist (yes, knit­ting artist) Mary Adams, who this week­end in Syd­ney is ex­hibit­ing 50 sweaters she cre­ated in hon­our of one of her mu­sic he­roes, Lou Reed. Adams’s his­tory with the singer, who died last year, stretches back to the 1970s, when she de­signed a sweater fea­tur­ing the cover from his al­bum Trans­former. He sub­se­quently or­dered from her a batch of 20. For no other rea­son than that the op­por­tu­nity will never come up again, here are my top five sweater-re­lated Lou Reed clas­sics. 1. Purl Blue Eyes 2. What Goes On (stretch­ing it a bit, I know) 3. I’m Stitch­ing With You 4. How Do You Think It Feels? 5. You Wear It So Well. ONLY three months have passed since the tragic death of Doc Nee­son, the An­gels front­man who was such a gi­ant of Aus­tralian rock ‘n’ roll for decades. His stature as an Aussie legend doesn’t come across par­tic­u­larly from the band’s cur­rent camp, how­ever. Last month a press in­quiry landed in the SD in­box con­cern­ing fi­nal dates for the band’s re­cent 40th an­niver­sary tour, which fea­tured Nee­son’s re­place­ment of re­cent years, Dave Glee­son, on vo­cals. It seemed a tri­fle odd that so soon after his pass­ing there was no men­tion in the 220-word doc­u­ment of Nee­son’s legacy — in fact no men­tion of him at all, de­spite him be­ing such an in­te­gral part of the band for many of those glory years. This week came the an­nounce­ment that the An­gels, once again with Glee­son at the helm, are plan­ning Aus­tralian shows in Fe­bru­ary with Amer­i­can rock­ers Cheap Trick, a band with which they toured in Europe and the US in 1980, and across Aus­tralia 10 years later. This press re­lease is a much more elab­o­rate af­fair, stretch­ing to 650 words, most of them in praise of the An­gels as they were in their prime, when songs such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your

Face Again and No Se­crets helped make them a house­hold name. Nee­son doesn’t get men­tioned in that one ei­ther. Odd, that.

Mary Adams and her Lou Reed knit­ting cre­ations

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