031 – “Full Bowie”

Back cover of the Transformer album, with a woman and man posed against a black background

“Transformer” (1972) sophomore solo album from Lou Reed. Steve and Jake try out a new Craigslist-found co-host, Bernard “Bernie” Stilton, on their revisit of Lou Reed’s Bowie and Mick Ronson produced, jam-packed second album. Bernie brings research notes, stories from his life, a brutal cough, and a pretty weird Andy Warhol impression to the show. Jake winds up Bernie’s “main squeeze”, Steve takes up cobbling, and Bernie packs a constant half Bowie.

He’s no Pat, but Bernie certainly pumps some new (really, really old) blood into the show.

Shout-outs mentioned in the show:

  • Steve’s “Lou Reed Live” (1975) album with alternate versions of “Transformer” hits: goo.gl/6L40uv
  • Original radio spot for “Transformer” featured on Steve’s remastered edition: goo.gl/sxKUwb
  • Acoustic demo for “Perfect Day”, also featured as a bonus track on the remaster: goo.gl/QZajZV

Featuring audio from:

  • Original radio spot for “Transformer” album: goo.gl/sxKUwb
  • “Transformer” (1972) album by Lou Reed

This episode of The Dust Off is held together with duct tape and the following contributions:

  • Hosted by Stephen Belyea, Jake Martin, and Bernard Stilton
  • Research by Bernard Stinton
  • Edited by Stephen Belyea
  • Communications managed by Jeremy Fowler
  • Theme music from Valery & The Greedies: goo.gl/SrdxGD

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