In the Back-to-School section of today’s brand new print edition of the dog, I make the case for wearing a Lou Reed t-shirt if you want to impress people. Turns out, I’m not the only who likes to stand in Lou’s reflected glory. Pitchfork reports that UK TV karaoke champ Susan Boyle was a puddle of tears after Lou refused to give her permission to sing “Perfect Day” on some crap US TV show. Rob Harvilla, music ed. at the Village Voice, suggests five even less appropriate Lou Reed songs for Susan Boyle to sing.

I understand Lou has a reputation to uphold, but it seems fairly arbitrary to start defending it now.