Vicious (Lou Reed song)

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Single by Lou Reed
from the album Transformer
Released 1973
Genre Glam rock[1]
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Lou Reed
Producer(s) David Bowie (Executive)
Mick Ronson (Asst.)

"Vicious" is a song written by Lou Reed, released as a single in 1973 and originally featured on Transformer, Reed's second post-Velvet Underground solo album.[2][3]


Lou Reed said it was Andy Warhol who inspired the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."[4]



  1. ^ Savage, Jon (February 1, 2013). "The 20 best glam-rock songs of all time". The Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Tosches, Nick (1973-01-04). "Transformer". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ "Thurston Moore: Punk". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ "Vicious". Rolling Stone. 1989. 

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