The Velvet Underground are one of the 20th century’s most influential bands, even though nobody paid attention to them back when they were making records in the ‘60s. The original lineup led by Lou Reed (which saw a couple of changes before the band broke up in the early ‘70s) made only four albums, but they helped shape the course that punk, art and indie rock took in the years to come. Their debut album, 1967’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ includes songs about drug addicts, transvestites and hookers; its 1968 follow-up, ‘White Light / White Heat,’ is even darker. For their last two albums, a 1969 self-titled LP and 1970’s ‘Loaded,’ the band headed in a more pastoral and folksy direction, even managing a pair of classic songs in ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Rock & Roll.’ All these years later, their influence is still being felt.
If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear. That description fits each and every one of its 40 minutes perfectly. Unlike the haunting beauty of their flawless debut album, 'White Light,' which was released on Jan. 30, 1968, drops a bit of the artiness and supplements it with rage and raw power.
The Velvet Underground will release a three-disc 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their landmark 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' tomorrow. Included in the set is a live disc recorded at a 1967 show. You can hear the seven-minute rarity 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore' above.
'The Velvet Underground & Nico' may be the preeminent noise band's best and most celebrated album, but their second LP, released in 1968, is their most abrasive. And by turn, it's their most representative -- a staggering work of controlled chaos and meditative fragility.
When a famous person dies, too often the tributes from colleagues past and present read like canned statements, with little insight into the deceased’s life or character. However, Moe Tucker, former drummer for the Velvet Underground, went into considerable detail about Lou Reed, who passed away on Oct. 27.
The Velvet Underground were one of the '60s most influential bands -- right up there with the Beatles and the Stones -- even though practically nobody paid attention to them back when they were making re
The first round of the May 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame includes two '60s bands that have shaped and influenced rock music for more than 45 years. The winner will go on to tackle other legendary artists to determine who'll be the third act immortalized in Ultimate Classic Rock's Hall of Fame.
The Velvet Underground and Rush -- as disparate classic rock bands as you can find - will nonetheless soon find themselves on the same album. Both groups will be featured on the soundtrack to 'The Lords of Salem,' a new film by Rob Zombie.
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