"It's just dawning on me that he's not out there any more..."
Lou Reed

Moe Tucker has stepped in to pay tribute to her former Velvet Underground band mate Lou Reed.

With 2013 drawing to a close, it's customary to look back on those we've lost, on the talents who passed away. The list seems to grow heavier each year, but even amidst a pantheon of iconic talent the death of Lou Reed hit fans hard.

Tributes poured in for the Velvet Underground legend, with David Bowie, Iggy Pop and more amongst the luminaries who paid their respects.

At the weekend, The Observer invited Moe Tucker to pen some thoughts on her former band mate. A tender, illuminating elegy, it describes how she came to be draw into his orbit before etching out some intriguing personal details.

"Lou was a huge pop fan. He had this extraordinary record collection: old 45s of 1950s rock'n'roll and doo-wop by singers I had never heard of. I remember one night we went back to his place in the Village and he played all these amazing singles on his little mono record player. He'd say: "Listen to the drum sound on this one" or "Check out this little guitar part". It was all about the detail. He absorbed so much detail and put it into the Velvets. He always wanted us to sound as close to a live gig as we could in the studio."

Elsewhere, Moe Tucker moving described her thoughts on dealing with Lou Reed's death. "Lou had a reputation, for sure" she wrote. "He was tough and he could be grumpy and bitchy, but I've come to realise that his bitchiness came out when there was incompetence about. Didn't matter if it was a waiter or a record producer, he'd rip someone apart if things weren't up to scratch. He didn't suffer fools gladly. That's just the way he was, but he was also incredibly encouraging and generous. He was a good friend through everything."

"We had this brother-sister type relationship in the group, and it lasted long after the group split. We would always exchange Christmas cards, Valentine cards. It was one of those friendships where it didn't matter if you didn't see each other a lot. We'd meet up after two years or five years and it would be like we'd seen each other last week. As you get older, you come to realise that that kind of friendship is rare, so I miss him a hell of a lot. It's just dawning on me that he's not out there any more."

Read the full tribute HERE.

Check out an archive Lou Reed interview HERE.

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