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.
Velvet Underground Announce 'White Light / White Heat' Reissue
The Velvet Underground's classic 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and it's marking the occasion with a massive reissue.
Truce Called in Banana Fight Between Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Estate
A federal judge has dismissed the recent legal tug of war between the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's estate.
The Velvet Underground Vs. The Doors – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
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.
Velvet Underground, Rush + More Featured on ‘Lords of Salem’ Soundtrack
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.
The Velvet Underground Get Doubly Covered by Mark Lanegan and Ralph Stanley for ‘Lawless’ Soundtrack
It look as though the curator of the music for the upcoming film 'Lawless' has a fondness for a particular Velvet Underground song, as there are two cover versions of 'White Light/White Heat' that turn up on the soundtrack, due this Tuesday (Aug. 29).
Classic Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground Album Covers Recreated Using Socks
Pink Floyd might have denied rumors they would be appearing at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, but they can't deny the flattery that comes when someone creates a tribute to one of their most famous albums covers -- with socks!
The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ Album Gets 45th Anniversary Six-Disc Box Set Reissue
It's a good year for anniversary reissues. The latest to surface this year will be the Velvet Underground's 1967 debut disc, 'The Velvet Underground & Nico,' which is slated for an Oct. 1 street date.
Rare Velvet Underground Promo Single Sells For Big Money
‘What Goes On’ in your mind when you see a Velvet Underground single such as this? One quick glance at this rare picture sleeve is enough to get dollar signs dancing in your head if you're a collector. Need proof? Well, one sold for $1675.00 during an eBay auction last week.
The Velvet Underground Sue to Free Their Iconic Banana
Lou Reed and John Cale of the Velvet Underground are taking legal action to free the banana! That is, the banana on the cover of the groundbreaking 1967 debut album, as created by Andy Warhol.