Among the latest batch of albums seeing a digital-only reissue is Lou Reed’s 1978 full-length, Street Hassle. Granted, no one is going to arm wrestle the point that this is Reed’s finest album, but it certainly warrants a listen, and contains one absolute, bona-fide Lou Reed classic – the title-track – “Street Hassle.”
Most recently the tune resurfaced within the pop culture zeitgeist as part of Noah Baumbach’s soundtrack to his 2005 film The Squid And The Whale (which itself is a fine soundtrack). If you missed it, sample “Street Hassle” below (listen for Bruce Springsteen’s cameo vocal rap at the song’s end), along with Reed’s late ’70s re-working of the Velvets “We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together.”
**Also of note, Lou Reed’s official 1972 self-titled debut is now available as a digital-only reissue. It’s an album that I have warmed to over the years, though ultimately prefer the existing Velvets alternate versions. You decide.