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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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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.

Nothing compares to this

If you look at 1967 as a total for music, chances are you will think Sgt. Pepper's is the best album of that year. In my opinion, this album beats it by a landslide. Cale's viola, Nico's unique and haunting voice, Reed's anti-lead singer singing, Morrison's guitar and Moe's pounding all come together in probably the greatest rock album of all time. After multiple listenings all I can say is that there is something that haunts you after finishing this album. Nothing today or back then could even reach the levels of influence and brilliance, and iconic status. After finishing this album all I can say is that Reed and Nico's voice on Sunday Morning will probably be the most beautiful and haunting piece of music to have been recorded. Such a beautiful album on the outside and on the inside.

Quite possibly the best debut of all time!

This record is timeless... It's ahead of our time! Lou Reed's dark lyrics balanced by some light guitar moments! Moe Tucker's powerful percussion! John Cale's cathartic piano! Sterling Morrison's wicked guitar! Nico's unforgiving vocals! Andy Warhol's limited studio knowledge.. yet perfect production! This record will break you mentally, yet inspire you for a lifetime. There are too many bands to mention that take influence from this record.. Let alone the entire Velvet Underground catalogue! There is much to appreciate about this record! In my opinion, it may be my all time favorite debut record. Marvel at beautiful, evil, & honest warlock that is The Velvet Underground & Nico.


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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