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Cover Story – The Velvet Underground

The influence of The Velvet Underground on rock greatly exceeds their sales figures and chart numbers. They are one of the most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the Sixties for many tangents rock music would take in ensuing decades.

Yet just two of their four original studio albums ever even made Billboard’s Top 200, and that pair – The Velvet Underground and Nico (#171) and White Light/White Heat (#199) – only barely did so.

If ever a band was “ahead of its time,” it was the Velvet Underground. Brian Eno, cofounder of Roxy Music and producer of U2 and others, put it best when he said that although The Velvet Underground didn’t sell many albums, everyone who bought one went on to form a band.

The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, U2, R.E.M., Roxy Music and Sonic Youth have all cited The Velvet Underground as a major influence. The Velvets’ addressed such taboo subjects as sexual deviancy (“Venus in Furs”), drug addiction (“Heroin,” “White Light/White Heat”), paranoia (“Sunday Morning”) and the urban demimonde (“All Tomorrow’s Parties”). In so doing, they brought rock and roll into theretofore unexplored experiential realms with a literary and unabashedly adult voice.

The Velvet Underground managed to be both arty and earthy, reflecting the duality within the college-educated but streetwise Lou Reed, who wrote most of the material. Just a look at the array of names who have recorded tribute tracks to The Velvets and appear on this cd set shows the influence The Velvets had on later generations of musicians.

2009 saw the release of “Unpiecing The Jigsaw (A Tribute To TheVelvet Underground)”

Track Listing

CD 1 :
1. Run Run Run – Motorcycle Boy
2. Here She Comes Now – Nirvana
3. Pale Blue Eyes – The Mock Turtles
4. Sister Ray- Badgeman
5. Lady Godiva’s Operation – Chapter House
6. Shes My Best Friend – The Wedding Present
7. Im Set Free- Terry Bickers and Bradleigh Smith
8. Who loves the Sun – Shelley Orphan
9. All Tomorrows Parties -Buffalo Tom
10. Foggy Nation – Echo and the Bunnymen
11. Sweet Jane – Hurrah
12. Some Kinda Love – Levellers 5
13. Sunday Morning – James

CD 2 :
1. Femme Fatale- Beef
2. White Light White Heat – Revenge
3. Stephanie Says -Lee Ronaldo
4. Candy Says – The Telescopes
5. Im Sticking With You – Jellyfish Kiss
6. Beginning to see the Light – Into Paradise
7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill – Bill Nelson and Roy Rodgers Rocketeers
8. European Son – Ride
9. Im Set Free – The New Fast Automatic Daffodils
10. Head Held High- The Original Sins
11. What Goes On – The Screaming Trees
12. I heard her call my name – Half Japanese

CD 3 :
1. Jesus – Swerve Driver
2. Ocean – Eleventh Day Dream
3. Who Loves The Sun- The Dylans
4. Lady Godiva’s Operation- Fatima Mansions
5. All Tomorrows Parties – The Reegs
6. Murder Mystery – The Prank
7. Femme Fatale (live 1980’s) – Nico
8. All Tomorrow’s Parties (live 1980’s) – Nico

CD 4 :
1.Lou Reed talks – 47 minutes in depth with Lou Reed

To buy this album click HERE

Here is the appropriate “Sunday Morning” as covered by James.

“Sunday Morning” – James

To buy the music of James click HERE

As a bonus here is Echo & The Bunnymen with their version of “Foggy Notion” a track from my favourite Velvet’s album “VU”

“Foggy Notion” – Echo & The Bunnymen

To buy the music of Echo & The Bunnymen click HERE

To buy the music of The Velvet Underground click HERE


October 3, 2010 - Posted by | Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , ,

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