I got home today and my son told me that Lou Reed had died. Lou had played a huge part in my life and in my music.

Pretty much every Galaxie 500 (or Luna or Dean & Britta) article or review somehow managed to mention Lou or The Velvet Underground. While that often smacked of journalistic laziness, it wasn't as if any of those bands tried to hide the influence.

Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Dean Wareham

MP3: Lou Reed and Luna - Ride Into the Sun
MP3: Luna - Walk on The Wild Side
Originals: Here She Comes Now by The Velvet Underground (covered by Galaxie 500)
Dean Wareham’s Velvet Underground tour diary

Dear Lou, if I hadn't found you, what I listen to would be hugely different, which means my life would be hugely different. My life was [changed] by your "Rock and Roll". I thank you for that.
Andy