The Velvet Underground

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.

The Velvet Underground, 'White Light / White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' - Album Review
The Velvet Underground, 'White Light / White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' - Album Review
'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.
Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs
Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs
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 records. The classic lineup (with a couple of changes along the way) fronted by Lou Reed made only four albums, but the handful of songs helped shape punk, art-rock and indie rock in the years to com

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