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The Velvet Underground

Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group's lot to be ahead of, or at least out of step with, their time. The mid- to late '60s was an era of explosive growth and experimentation in rock, but the Velvets' innovations -- which blended the energy of rock with the sonic adventurism of the avant-garde, and introduced a new degree of social realism and sexual kinkiness into rock lyrics -- were too abrasive for the mainstream to handle. During their time, the group experienced little commercial success; though they were hugely appreciated by a cult audience and some critics, the larger public treated them with indifference or, occasionally, scorn. The Velvets' music was too important to languish in obscurity, though; their cult only grew larger and larger in the years following their demise, and continued to mushroom through the years. By the 1980s, they were acknowledged not just as one of the most important rock bands of the '60s, but one of the best of all time, and one whose immense significance cannot be measured by their relatively modest sales.

Historians often hail the group for their incalculable influence upon the punk and new wave of subsequent years, and while the Velvets were undoubtedly a key touchstone of the movements, to focus upon these elements of their vision is to only get part of the story. The group was uncompromising in its music and lyrics, to be sure, sometimes espousing a bleakness and primitivism that would inspire alienated singers and songwriters of future generations. But the band's colorful and oft-grim soundscapes were firmly grounded in strong, well-constructed songs that could be as humanistic and compassionate as they were outrageous and confrontational. The member most responsible for these qualities was guitarist, singer, and songwriter Lou Reed, whose sing-speak vocals and gripping narratives came to define street-savvy rock & roll.

Reed loved rock & roll from an early age, and even recorded a doo wop-type single as a Long Island teenager in the late '50s (as a member of the Shades). By the early '60s, he was also getting into avant-garde jazz and serious poetry, coming under the influence of author Delmore Schwartz while studying at Syracuse University. After graduation, he set his sights considerably lower, churning out tunes for exploitation rock albums as a staff songwriter for Pickwick Records in New York City. Reed did learn some useful things about production at Pickwick, and it was while working there that he met John Cale, a classically trained Welshman who had moved to America to study and perform "serious" music. Cale, who had performed with John Cage and LaMonte Young, found himself increasingly attracted to rock & roll; Reed, for his part, was interested in the avant-garde as well as pop. Reed and Cale were both interested in fusing the avant-garde with rock & roll, and had found the ideal partners for making the vision (a very radical one for the mid-'60s) work; their synergy would be the crucial axis of the Velvet Underground's early work.

Reed and Cale (who would play bass, viola, and organ) would need to assemble a full band, making tentative steps along this direction by performing together in the Primitives (which also included experimental filmmaker Tony Conrad and avant-garde sculptor Walter DeMaria) to promote a bizarre Reed-penned Pickwick single ("The Ostrich"). By 1965, the group was a quartet called the Velvet Underground, including Reed, Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison (an old friend of Reed's), and drummer Angus MacLise. MacLise quit before the band's first paying gig, claiming that accepting money for art was a sellout; the Velvets quickly recruited drummer Maureen Tucker, a sister of one of Morrison's friends.

Even at this point, the Velvets were well on their way to developing something quite different. Their original material, principally penned and sung by Reed, dealt with the hard urban realities of Manhattan, describing drug use, sadomasochism, and decadence in cool, unapologetic detail in "Heroin," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Venus in Furs," and "All Tomorrow's Parties." These were wedded to basic, hard-nosed rock riffs, toughened by Tucker's metronome beats; the oddly tuned, rumbling guitars; and Cale's occasional viola scrapes. It was an uncommercial blend to say the least, but the Velvets got an unexpected benefactor when artist and all-around pop art icon Andy Warhol caught the band at a club around the end of 1965. Warhol quickly assumed management of the group, incorporating them into his mixed-media/performance art ensemble, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. By spring 1966, Warhol was producing their debut album.

Warhol was also responsible for embellishing the quartet with Nico, a mysterious European model/chanteuse with a deep voice whom the band accepted rather reluctantly, viewing her spectral presence as rather ornamental. Reed remained the principal lead vocalist, but Nico did sing three of the best songs on the group's debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, often known as "the banana album" because of its distinctive Warhol-designed cover. Recognized today as one of the core classic albums of rock, it featured an extraordinarily strong set of songs, highlighted by "Heroin," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "Venus in Furs," "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Femme Fatale," "Black Angel's Death Song," and "Sunday Morning." The sensational drug-and-sex items (especially "Heroin") got most of the ink, but the more conventional numbers showed Reed to be a songwriter capable of considerable melodicism, sensitivity, and almost naked introspection.

The album's release was not without complications, though. First, it wasn't issued until nearly a year after it was finished, due to record-company politics and other factors. The group's association with Warhol and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable had already assured them of a high (if notorious) media profile, but the music was simply too daring to fit onto commercial radio; "underground" rock radio was barely getting started at this point, and in any case may well have overlooked the record at a time when psychedelic music was approaching its peak. The album only reached number 171 in the charts, and that's as high as any of their LPs would get upon original release. Those who heard it, however, were often mightily impressed; Brian Eno once said that even though hardly anyone bought the Velvets' records at the time they appeared, almost everyone who did formed their own bands.

A cult reputation wasn't enough to guarantee a stable livelihood for a band in the '60s, and by 1967 the Velvets were fighting problems within their own ranks. Nico, never considered an essential member by the rest of the band, left or was fired sometime during the year, going on to a fascinating career of her own. The association with Warhol weakened, as the artist was unable to devote as much attention to the band as he had the previous year. Embittered by the lukewarm reception of their album in their native New York, the Velvets concentrated on touring cities throughout the rest of the country. Amidst this tense atmosphere, the second album, White Light/White Heat, was recorded in late 1967.

Each of the albums the group released while Reed led the band was an unexpected departure from all of their other LPs. White Light/White Heat was probably the most radical, focusing almost exclusively on their noisiest arrangements, over-amped guitars, and most willfully abrasive songs. The 17-minute "Sister Ray" was their most extreme (and successful) effort in this vein. Unsurprisingly, the album failed to catch on commercially, topping out at number 199.

By the summer of 1968, the band had a much graver problem on its hands than commercial success (or the lack of it). A rift developed between Reed and Cale, the most creative forces in the band and, as one could expect, two temperamental egos. Reed presented the rest of the band with an ultimatum, declaring that he would leave the group unless Cale was sacked. Morrison and Tucker reluctantly sided with Lou, and Doug Yule was recruited to take Cale's place.

The group's third album, 1969's The Velvet Underground, was an even more radical left turn than White Light/White Heat. The volume and violence had nearly vanished; the record featured far more conventional rock arrangements that were sometimes so restrained it seems as though they were making an almost deliberate attempt to avoid waking the neighbors. Yet the sound was nonetheless effective for that; the record contains some of Reed's most personal and striking compositions, numbers like "Pale Blue Eyes" and "Candy Says" ranking among his most romantic, although cuts like "What Goes On" proved they could still rock out convincingly (though in a less experimental fashion than they had with Cale). The approach may have confused listeners and critics, but by this time their label (MGM/Verve) was putting little promotional resources behind the band anyway.

Even in the absence of Cale, the Velvets were still capable of generating compelling heat on-stage, as 1969: Velvet Underground Live (not released until the mid-'70s) confirms. MGM was by now in the midst of an infamous "purge" of its supposedly drug-related rock acts, and the Velvets were setting their sights elsewhere. Nevertheless, they recorded about an album's worth of additional material for the label after the third LP, although it remains unclear whether this was intended for a fourth album or not. Many of the songs, though, were excellent, serving as a bridge between The Velvet Underground and 1970's Loaded; a lot of it was officially released in the 1980s and 1990s.

The beginning of the 1970s seemed to herald considerable promise for the group, as they signed to Atlantic, but at this point the personnel problems that had always dogged them finally became overwhelming. Tucker had to sit out Loaded due to pregnancy, replaced by Yule's brother Billy. Doug Yule, according to some accounts, began angling for more power in the band. Unexpectedly, after a lengthy residency at New York's famous Max's Kansas City club, Reed quit the band near the end of the summer of 1970, moving back to his parents' Long Island home for several months before beginning his solo career, just before the release of Loaded, his final studio album with the Velvets.

Loaded was by far the group's most conventional rock album, and the most accessible one for mainstream listeners. "Rock and Roll" and "Sweet Jane" in particular were two of Reed's most anthemic, jubilant tunes, and ones that became rock standards in the '70s. But the group's power was somewhat diluted by the absence of Tucker, and by the decision to have Doug Yule handle some of the lead vocals. Due to Reed's departure, though, the group couldn't capitalize on any momentum it might have generated. Unwisely, the band decided to continue, though Morrison and Tucker left shortly afterward. That left Doug Yule at the helm of an act that was the Velvet Underground in name only, and the 1973 album that was billed to the group (Squeeze) is best forgotten, and not considered as a true Velvets release.

With Reed, Cale, and Nico establishing important solo careers of their own, and such important figures as David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Patti Smith making no bones about their debts to the band, the Velvet Underground simply became more and more popular as the years passed. In the 1980s, the original albums were reissued, along with a couple of important collections of outtakes. Hoping to rewrite the rules one last time, Reed, Cale, Morrison, and Tucker attempted to defy the odds against successful rock reunions by re-forming in the early '90s (Nico had died in 1988). A European tour, and a live album, was completed in 1993 to mixed reviews; before a planned American jaunt could start, Reed and Cale (who have feuded constantly over the past few decades) fell out yet again, bringing the reunion to a sad close. Sterling Morrison's death from illness in 1995 seemed to permanently ice any prospect of more projects under the Velvet Underground name, although a few of the surviving members played together when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By that time, an impressive five-CD box set (containing all four of the studio albums issued when Reed was in the band, as well as a lot of other material) was available to enshrine the group's legacy for the ages. Cale and Reed continued with solo careers into the 21st century, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in April 2013, and although he subsequently proclaimed his strength and intention to continue performing and songwriting, he died of end-stage liver disease at his home on Long Island in October of that year. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography


Track List: The Complete Matrix Tapes

17. The Black Angel's Death Song (Live)

20. Beginning To See The Light (Live)

30. Rock And Roll (Live)

37. Pale Blue Eyes (Live)


Track List: Rock & Roll (Mono)

1. Rock & Roll (Mono) (2015 Remastered)


Track List: The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary / Super Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Candy Says

2. What Goes On

3. Some Kinda Love

4. Pale Blue Eyes

5. Jesus

6. Beginning To See The Light

7. I'm Set Free

8. That's The Story Of My Life

9. The Murder Mystery

10. After Hours

Disc 2

1. Candy Says (Closet Mix)

2. What Goes On (Closet Mix)

3. Some Kinda Love (Closet Mix)

4. Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)

5. Jesus (Closet Mix)

6. Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)

7. I'm Set Free (Closet Mix)

8. That's The Story Of My Life (Closet Mix)

9. The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix)

10. After Hours (DO NOT USE)

11. Beginning To See The Light (Alternate Closet Mix)

Disc 3

1. Candy Says (Mono Version)

2. What Goes On (Mono Version)

3. Some Kinda Love (Mono Version)

4. Pale Blue Eyes (Mono Version)

5. Jesus (Mono Version)

6. Beginning To See The Light (Mono Version)

7. I'm Set Free (Mono Version)

8. That's The Story Of My Life (Mono Version)

9. The Murder Mystery (Mono Version)

10. After Hours (Mono Single)

11. What Goes On (Mono Single)

12. Jesus (Mono Single)

Disc 4

1. Foggy Notion

2. One Of These Days (2014 Mix)

3. Lisa Says (2014 Mix)

4. I'm Sticking With You

5. Andy's Chest

6. Coney Island Steeplechase (2014 Mix)

7. Ocean

8. I Can't Stand It (2014 Mix)

9. She's My Best Friend

10. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2014 Mix)

11. I'm Gonna Move Right In

12. Ferryboat Bill

13. Rock And Roll

14. Ride Into The Sun (2014 Mix)

Disc 5

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

2. What Goes On (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

3. Some Kinda Love (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

4. Over You (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

5. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

6. Beginning To See The Light (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

7. Lisa Says (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

8. Rock And Roll (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

9. Pale Blue Eyes (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

10. I Can't Stand It Anymore (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

11. Venus In Furs (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

12. There She Goes Again (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

Disc 6

1. Sister Ray (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

2. Heroin (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

3. White Light/White Heat (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

4. I'm Set Free (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

5. After Hours (Live In San Francisco / 1969)

6. Sweet Jane (Live In San Francisco / 1969)


Track List: The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)


Track List: The Velvet Underground: Gold

Disc 1

1. I'm Waiting For The Man

2. Femme Fatale

3. Venus In Furs

4. Run Run Run

5. All Tomorrow's Parties

6. Heroin

7. There She Goes Again

8. I'll Be Your Mirror

9. Sunday Morning

10. Chelsea Girls (feat. Nico)

11. It Was A Pleasure Then (feat. Nico)

12. White Light / White Heat

13. I Heard Her Call My Name

14. Sister Ray

Disc 2

1. Temptation Inside Your Heart

2. Stephanie Says

3. Hey Mr. Rain (Version One)

4. Candy Says

5. What Goes On

6. Some Kinda Love

7. Pale Blue Eyes

8. Beginning To See The Light

9. Foggy Notion

10. I Can't Stand It

11. One Of These Days

12. Lisa Says

13. New Age (Live)

14. Rock And Roll (Live)

15. Ocean (Live)

16. Sweet Jane (Live)


Track List: Peel Slowly And See 1965-1969

Disc 1

1. Venus In Furs (Demo)

2. Prominent Men (Demo)

3. Heroin (Demo)

4. I'm Waiting For The Man (Demo)

5. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Demo)

6. All Tomorrow's Parties (Demo)

Disc 2

1. All Tomorrow's Parties

2. Sunday Morning

3. I'm Waiting For The Man

4. Femme Fatale

5. Venus In Furs

6. Run Run Run

7. All Tomorrow's Parties

8. Heroin

9. There She Goes Again

10. I'll Be Your Mirror

11. The Black Angel's Death Song

12. European Son

13. Melody Laughter (Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio/1966)

14. It Was A Pleasure Then

15. Chelsea Girls

Disc 3

1. There Is No Reason (Demo)

2. Sheltered Life (Demo)

3. It's All Right (The Way That You Live) (Demo)

4. I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) (Demo)

5. Here She Comes Now (Demo)

6. Guess I'm Falling In Love (Live At The Gymnasium, New York/1967)

7. Booker T. (Live At The Gymnasium, New York/1967)

8. White Light/White Heat

9. The Gift

10. Lady Godiva's Operation

11. Here She Comes Now

12. I Heard Her Call My Name

13. Sister Ray

14. Stephanie Says

15. Temptation Inside Your Heart

16. Hey Mr. Rain (Version One)

Disc 4

1. What Goes On (Live At La Cave, Cleveland, OH/1968)

2. Candy Says (Closet Mix)

3. What Goes On (Closet Mix)

4. Some Kinda Love (Closet Mix)

5. Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)

6. Jesus (Closet Mix)

7. Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)

8. I'm Set Free (Closet Mix)

9. That's The Story Of My Life (Closet Mix)

10. The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix)

11. After Hours (Closet Mix)

12. Foggy Notion

13. I Can't Stand It

14. I'm Sticking With You

15. One Of These Days

16. Lisa Says

17. It's Just Too Much (Live At End Of Cole Ave., Dallas, TX/1969)

18. Countess From Hong Kong (Demo)


Track List: MCMXCIII (Live)

Disc 1

1. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Live)

2. Venus In Furs (Live)

3. Guess I'm Falling In Love (Live)

4. After Hours (Live)

5. All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)

6. Some Kinda Love (Live)

7. I'll Be Your Mirror (Live)

8. Beginning To See The Light (Live)

9. The Gift (Live)

10. I Heard Her Call My Name (Live)

11. Femme Fatale (Live)

Disc 2

1. Hey Mr. Rain (Live)

2. Sweet Jane (Live)

3. Velvet Nursery Rhyme (Live)

4. White Light/White Heat (Live)

5. I'm Sticking With You (Live)

6. Black Angel's Death Song (Live)

8. I Can't Stand It (Live)

9. I'm Waiting For The Man (Live)

10. Heroin (Live)

11. Pale Blue Eyes (Live)

12. Coyote (Live)


Track List: 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed

5. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together

8. Rock And Roll (Live)


Track List: Another View

1. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together

2. I'm Gonna Move Right In

3. Hey Mr. Rain

4. Ride Into The Sun

5. Coney Island Steeplechase

6. Guess I'm Falling In Love

7. Hey Mr. Rain

8. Ferryboat Bill

9. Rock & Roll


Track List: VU

1. I Can't Stand It

2. Stephanie Says

3. She's My Best Friend

4. Lisa Says

5. Ocean

6. Foggy Notion

7. Temptation Inside Your Heart

8. One Of These Days

9. Andy's Chest

10. I'm Sticking With You


Track List: Live At Max's Kansas City

Disc 1

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Live)

2. White Light White Heat (Live)

7. Beginning To See The Light (Live)

Disc 2

3. I'll Be Your Mirror (Live)

4. Pale Blue Eyes (Live)

7. After Hours (Live)

8. Femme Fatale (Live)

9. Some Kinda Love (Live)


Track List: Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition

Disc 1

1. Who Loves The Sun

2. Sweet Jane (Full Length Version)

3. Rock & Roll (Full Length Version)

4. Cool It Down

5. New Age (Full Length Version)

6. Head Held High

7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill

8. I Found A Reason

9. Train Round The Bend

10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

11. I'm Sticking With You (Session Outtake)

12. Ocean (Session Outtake)

13. I Love You (Session Outtake)

14. Ride Into The Sun (Session Outtake)

Disc 2

1. Who Loves The Sun (Mono)

2. Sweet Jane (Mono)

3. Rock & Roll (Mono)

4. Cool It Down (Mono)

5. New Age (Mono)

6. Head Held High (Mono)

7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Mono)

8. I Found A Reason (Mono)

9. Train Round The Bend (Mono)

10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Mono)

11. Who Loves The Sun (Mono Single)

12. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Mono Single)

13. Rock & Roll (Mono Single)

14. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Mono Single)

Disc 3

1. Rock & Roll (Demo)

2. Sad Song Demo)

3. Satellite Of Love (Demo)

4. Walk And Talk (Demo)

5. Oh Gin (Demo)

6. Ocean (Demo)

7. I Love You (Demo)

8. Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall (Demo Remix)

9. I Found A Reason (Demo)

10. Cool It Down (Early Version Remix)

11. Sweet Jane (Early Version Remix)

12. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Early Version Remix)

13. Head Held High (Early Version Remix)

14. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Early Version Remix)

15. Who Loves The Sun (Alternate Mix)

16. Sweet Jane (Alternate Mix)

17. Cool It Down (Alternate Mix)

18. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Alternate Mix)

19. Train Round The Bend (Alternate Mix)

20. Head Held High (Alternate Mix)

21. Rock & Roll (Alternate Mix)

Disc 4

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Live At Max's Kansas City)

2. White Light White Heat (Live At Max's Kansas City)

3. I'm Set Free (Live At Max's Kansas City)

4. Sweet Jane (Live At Max's Kansas City)

5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Live At Max's Kansas)

6. New Age (Live At Max's Kansas City)

7. Beginning To See The Light (Live At Max's Kansas City)

8. I'll Be Your Mirror (Live At Max's Kansas City)

9. Pale Blue Eyes (Live At Max's Kansas City)

10. Candy Says (Live At Max's Kansas City)

11. Sunday Morning (Live At Max's Kansas City)

12. After Hours (Live At Max's Kansas City)

13. Femme Fatale (Live At Max's Kansas City)

14. Some Kinda Love (Live At Max's Kansas City)

15. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 2 Live At Max's Kansas City)

Disc 5

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

2. What Goes On (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

3. Cool It Down (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9,1970)

4. Sweet Jane (Live At Second Fet, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

5. Rock & Roll (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

6. Some Kinda Love (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

7. New Age (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

8. Candy Says (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

9. Head Held High (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

10. Train Round The Bend (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)

11. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, May 9, 1970)


Track List: The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary / Deluxe Edition) Disc 2


Track List: The Velvet Underground

1. Candy Says

2. What Goes On

3. Some Kinda Love

4. Pale Blue Eyes

5. Jesus

6. Beginning To See The Light

7. I'm Set Free

8. That's The Story Of My Life

9. The Murder Mystery

10. After Hours


Track List: White Heat

1. White Light/White Heat

2. The Gift

3. Lady Godiva's Operation

4. Here She Comes Now

5. I Heard Her Call My Name

6. Sister Ray


Track List: The Velvet Underground & Nico

1. Sunday Morning

2. I'm Waiting For The Man

3. Femme Fatale

4. Venus In Furs

5. Run Run Run

6. All Tomorrow's Parties

7. Heroin

8. There She Goes Again

9. I'll Be Your Mirror

10. The Black Angel's Death Song


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Leave a comment... Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tell will be the best day of your life. Now you've started don't stop this is so freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 10 songs in 144 mins. When your done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Sir if you had ever met mr reed the first thing you would notice how damed sober he was and when he got drunk you could not help notice how drunk he was junkie may be he mainlined a bag of tango and cash every so ofter never had a habit where anyone risked life or librty for the need to cop to get welll yor talking out your a**
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This band basically created that underground music aesthetic of making good music and not being recognized by the mainstream. But not really caring anyway. Its hard to imagine underground/ i n d i e / a l t e r n a t i v e music without them
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Chronologica l Order of Affairs of A Smack Addict:
1. "I'm Waiting For My Man"
2. "Heroin"
3. "Perfect Day"
4. "Venus In Furs"
It's a "Vicious" Circle when you take a "Walk On The Wildside
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Love ~ The Ocean
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Wow Pandora writer... I'm genuinely surprised you didn't call Velvet Underground Post-Punk... since that's your go-to descriptor.
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Absolutely wonderful band. And if you've never heard any of Cale's solo stuff, check it out. THE creative force of the band in my humble opinion.
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The VU, a milestone of musical madness.. . (,
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The old trope is that not many people listened to the VU in the 60's but everyone who did started throw own band. Almost every important group since lists them as an important influence.
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Ain't know bettet
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cowboy junkies did a bet
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Literally such a great band. I love them ��
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O l o ol l lo
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the VU is great! Cool, sometimes sweet, and sometimes edgy, fresh rock n roll.
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Maureen Tucker has to be the first woman rock n roll drummer, Right?? Steady beat on Foggy Notion, to be a part of that scene in the 60's and 70's, major props to her, bow down Meg White
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T Rex wishes they were "Velvet Underground. " Lou Reed & Velvet Underground, opened doors 4, "The Pixies", etc... While in a TRULY "underground " band, & still, they keep growing... & to have such a big affect on today's & future rock & punk, bands; is just awesome?!... REALLY, REALLY.! The "Velvet Underground" changed musical mindsets of rock, along with "the Doors". Both bands flipped the hippy movement on it's ear & were 2 of the most original & favorite bands of mine... & I'm an 80's baby. Ji
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Took me a long time to really get 'Sweet Jane,' but that is one amazing song.
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@skipweasel5 2 you are exactly right! I agree with you that they're amazing!
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Velvet Undeground was the start of punk rock and I liked them very much.
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,I. Really liked T- Rex even though they had a bubble. Gum following.
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I was fortunate to 'discover' the Velvet Underground when I was still in high school. Now, I'm 30 years older and yet I am continually amazed at how new and daring they still sound and how thoroughly original they were in so many aspects. They are like some gift the universe sent us to enliven and enlighten us and entertain us and humble us. Hobnail boots.
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She started dancin to that fine-fine music!
You know her life was saved by rock-n-roll! ! !
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Xmas with the kinks!
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This is the most Brilliant,im p o r t a n t music maker of his times and beyond...Nev e r done heroin? No Problem..HE TAKES YOU THERE....... . . . . h e takes us to many places and makes them real..BRILLI A N T COMPOSER ALSO
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So good
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This song....this whole album.... ::sigh:: therapeutic, during tough times.
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+1 on monkey with cowbell comment.
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like VU? Check out NOBUNNY.
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Love Lou Reed and the VU, but the best version of Sweet Jane is on Rock n Roll Animal!
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Maureen Tucker is one of rocks most underappreci a t e d drummers.
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John vale
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The live version of Sweet Jane sounds like they gave a Monkey a cowbell.
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The VU is one of the best bands I've ever heard
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torreyedward s 8 9 6
The Velvet Underground & Nico was one of the first rock albums I ever bought.. I still listen to it like I did twelve years ago... RIP Lou Reed
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Thank you for the great music. ��
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The best.
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Nothing better than a Sweet Jane.
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"Heroin," perfectly captures the pathos of heroin addiction: the often tragic and ultimately doomed love affair.
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Best song ever
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R.I.P. Lou Reed
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Lou Reed died :(
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its true rock and roll animal is a b**ch to contain!!!
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Jenny was pretty prodigious to know at 5 years old that there was nothing happin at all. Why the VU did not enjoy popular success from contemporari e s I will never understand. The music is very accessible in spite of it's often dark, sinister subject matter.
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I was listing to the radio in my living room when npr reported the passing of lou reed. I was saddened, actually started crying. I didnt realize how much his music and words ment to me until that moment. I felt i lost a friend or a brother who shared with me some basics of life, death, commitment, sex, rock-n-roll, drugs...firs t thing you learn is that you always got to wait, secrets from experience. thank you lou
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It wasn't all it was cracked up to be foxyscott64. the 70's were better.
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