Transformer - Trilogy 72

With Printemps de Bourges

By Lou Reed

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Silly Boy Blue

France / Created in 2023

With her bare-bones version of Transformer’s eleven songs, Silly Boy Blue proves with elegance that if you’re a songwriting genius like Lou Reed, a good song will always be a good song... 

Transformer - Trilogie 72 , Silly Boy Blue, 2023 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


Silly Boy Blue has been listening to Lou Reed’s Transformer her whole life. As a child with her parents, or later, when she heard “Perfect Day” again in Trainspotting and found herself brought to tears, like so many other teenagers. The idea of covering this classic produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson immediately convinced the winner of the iNOUïS du Printemps de Bourges 2019, programmed twice in 2021, with a solo concert and a version of another legendary album, Portishead’s Dummy. Not to mention her appearance in 2022 on a Uèle Lamore song! Her creation around Transformer, with its hits, its deep cuts, its melancholy ballads and its larger-than-life orchestrations, is another challenge altogether. While she thrives in her diaphanous and romantic pop, inspired by New Wave and electronic music, here she’s chosen to take a bare-bones approach to those eleven songs and to return to the source... Transformer, released in 1972, revisited like Harvest and Ziggy Stardust as part of Trilogie 72, an homage to legendary albums in English.

Interview with Silly Boy Blue


With Silly Boy Blue, Vincent Taurelle (piano)
Based on Transformer by Lou Reed


Original creation Printemps de Bourges Crédit mutuel
Co-production with Festival d'Avignon
In partnership with the Maison de la Culture de Bourges Scène nationale

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