Lou Reed looks set for a return to the U.K. singles chart with the July 19 release by NuLife/BMG of a pop remix of “Satellite of Love,” originally produced by David Bowie and included on Reed’s classic 1972 album “Transformer.” The new mix, by London team Dab Hands, has been personally approved by Reed.
“Satellite of Love 2004” was well-received at the Winter Music Conference in Miami earlier this year and has been gaining club popularity since then. Reed not only gave the green light for a full commercial release of the track — which was never a U.K. single in its original version — but is fully involved in promoting the single.
“I’ve been getting all these great mixes sent to me out of the U.K. for years and years,” he told Attitude magazine, “and I just started saying to the record company, ‘Look, I really, really love what they are doing.’ I think that my record company was a little taken aback but, genuinely, if I could make that type of music then I would. If I could master the equipment then I would love to. Maybe I will now that I’ve got my own studio set up.”
The track will be included, alongside the original, on a new single-disc version of the 2003 compilation “Lou Reed … NYC Man,” also due July 19. It includes his best-known material as a solo artist and with the Velvet Underground.