Upon reflection, it’s a bit odd that the four “Ronnie Dickerson” songs written by Lou Reed and his team were used as album filler, rather than released as singles. It may be that they were deemed commercially unpromising, though this one is pretty catchy:


The reference point here is probably Marvin Gaye’s “Baby Don’t You Do It,” which was a few months old at the time and had been a hit (if not a huge one by Marvin’s standards). But “Oh No” is a different beast musically, with a pseudo-Jamaican downbeat rhythm and ominous piano notes floating in the background. It’s promising and then — in keeping with Pickwick’s “two minutes is enough” policy — it’s over.