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Between its reimagining of blues drone, avant-garde distortion, and doo-wop transcendence into a blueprint for all things punk, goth, and shoegaze, The Velvet Underground’s banana-adorned debut invented the future—way back in 1967. The fact that songs like “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Venus In Furs,” and “Heroin” dared to tread uncharted drugs-and-kinky-sex backstreets helped too. Moe Tucker’s drumming is as deadpan as Lou Reed’s vocals, John Cale’s electric viola is straight-up haunting, and Nico, on “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “Femme Fatale,” plays the ice queen to end all ice queens.

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This album is one of the greatest of all-time simply because of how incredibly far ahead of their time they were. This album inspired so many artists in such a profound way, it literally changed the course of music history, and will forever have a hand in however music evolves into the future. It's not for everybody, it's not complex, it's not a hifi recording, it doesn't have many catchy hooks, and is quite minimalistic (while still incorporating a large number of instruments). The subject matter was very controversial at the time, and Lou Reed didn't have the catchy, smooth vocals that first really appeared on "Loaded".

If you don't like this album, that's fine, it doesn't make you or anyone else dumb, or mean you have a bad taste in music or don't "get it".

The album flopped miserably when it was released, both critically and commercially. It was not given a chance at all by music fans/critics. They had simply not understood what the band was trying to do, nothing like it had existed before and therefore they dismissed it as crap. Which actually makes sense.

This album is amazing, way before it's time, most of the tracks are well known, and used often in movies. Such a beautiful, dirty album. Lou Reed captures the turmoil life that a heavy drug addict endures, perfectly. From the spot on imagery of a dope sick white kid walking through the ghetto to meet his dealer, who is always late. As a recovering addict myself, I have a strong emotional attachment to this song. When


Very underrated. A classic. The VU should have been more famous than The Beatles. RIP Nico & Lou. My highlights are femme fatale and sunday morning.

Hall of Fame - Velvets

The Velvets are in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for a reason. The reason is that they have inspired nearly every rock band in the last 50 years. Heroin is the song to buy if you can only buy one.


Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s

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...
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