History Music / VelvetUnderground

20th Jun '16 6:25:34 PM CassandraLeo
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* 2015 - ''The Complete Matrix Tapes''



!!Selected Compilations & Box Sets:
* 1985 - ''VU'' [[note]]Collects many of the songs from the band's aborted "fourth album" sessions for Verve, as well as a few outtakes recorded with Cale[[/note]]
* 1986 - ''Another View'' [[note]]essentially the second volume of ''VU''[[/note]]
* 1995 - ''Peel Slowly and See'' [[note]]box set compiling the band's four albums, their demo, and a number of other assorted rarities[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''The Verve/MGM albums'' [[note]]vinyl box set featuring the mono mixes of the band's first three albums and Music/{{Nico}}'s ''Chelsea Girl'' as well as another attempt to reconstruct the band's missing "fourth album" for Verve, which has this time been entitled simply ''1969'' and, unlike the others, is presented in stereo[[/note]]

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: [[TropeMaker More or less invented it]] with "Venus in Furs."

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: [[TropeMaker More or less invented it]] with "Venus in Furs."" "Some Kinda Love" also qualifies.



* RecordProducer: Creator/AndyWarhol, technically - his job was to just pay for the sessions and use his influence to protect the band from ExecutiveMeddling. The sessions were engineered by Tom Wilson, but Reed does point out that Andy's name allowed them to do stuff they couldn't get away with otherwise on a debut. Reed also credits Warhol with giving him the confidence as a songwriter to follow his muse wherever it took him, regardless of how many people wanted to censor his songs.

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* RecordProducer: Creator/AndyWarhol, technically - his job was to just pay for the sessions and use his influence to protect the band from ExecutiveMeddling. The sessions were engineered by Tom Wilson, but Reed does point out that Andy's name allowed them to do stuff they couldn't get away with otherwise on a debut. Reed also credits Warhol with giving him the confidence as a songwriter to follow his muse wherever it took him, regardless of how many people wanted to censor his songs. Various other people have also been credited as de facto producers for the first album, including Norman Dolph and John Licata, who were engineers for the Scepter Studios sessions, and Music/JohnCale, who is credited with coming up with many or most of the arrangements. (Interestingly, Dolph credits Cale, and Cale credits Wilson.)



* SinisterShades: As seen above, very nearly the whole band wore them.

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* SinisterShades: As seen above, very nearly the whole band wore them. Apparently they started doing this to cope with the bright lights that were a part of their live show, but it became an iconic part of their look and they began wearing them offstage as well.


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** They sort of ZigZagged this, really. They used all kinds of unorthodox and avant-garde arrangements, but Reed wanted the songs to be the kind of music anyone could play, so they're still usually pretty simple melodically.
17th Jun '16 2:19:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* SinisterShades: As seen above, very nearly the whole band wore them.
17th Jun '16 1:59:01 PM CassandraLeo
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* LoudnessWar: Surprisingly, most of their releases have averted this trope, even recent reissues. A few scattered songs on them have wound up not being particularly dynamic, but if one reviews their release history it turns out most of those songs have never been particularly dynamic, perhaps owing to the lack of percussion on many of them.
25th Apr '16 2:13:50 PM CassandraLeo
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Creator/AndyWarhol was hired as manager and producer; at his insistence German singer Christa "Music/{{Nico}}" Päffgen joined the band on several songs. Thanks to his patronage, the band received a contract with Verve Records and entered the studio in 1966 to record. Their debut album, ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'', was released in March 1967; it contained several now-classic songs such as "Heroin", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Venus In Furs", "Sunday Morning", "Femme Fatale", "I'llBe Your Mirror", and "I'm Waiting For The Man". It had a muted commercial reception and few people paid attention initially despite rigorous touring, [[VindicatedByHistory but is now highly regarded among critics and fans]].

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Creator/AndyWarhol was hired as manager and producer; at his insistence German singer Christa "Music/{{Nico}}" Päffgen joined the band on several songs. Thanks to his patronage, the band received a contract with Verve Records and entered the studio in 1966 to record. Their debut album, ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'', was released in March 1967; it contained several now-classic songs such as "Heroin", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Venus In in Furs", "Sunday Morning", "Femme Fatale", "I'llBe "I'll Be Your Mirror", and "I'm Waiting For The for the Man". It had a muted commercial reception and few people paid attention initially despite rigorous touring, [[VindicatedByHistory but is now highly regarded among critics and fans]].



The Velvets were kicked off Verve in 1969 by a new president who wanted to purge controversial acts from the label ([[Music/FrankZappa Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention]] were another victim). They signed with Atlantic Records, who requested less controversial material and an album "loaded with hits". The result was ''Music/{{Loaded}}'', their swan song. Despite strong material and, indeed, some hits, the band dissolved during production when Reed left the band in August 1970.

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The Velvets were kicked off Verve in 1969 by a new president who wanted to purge controversial acts from the label ([[Music/FrankZappa Frank Zappa And The and the Mothers Of of Invention]] were another victim). They signed with Atlantic Records, who requested less controversial material and an album "loaded with hits". The result was ''Music/{{Loaded}}'', their swan song. Despite strong material and, indeed, some hits, the band dissolved during production when Reed left the band in August 1970.



* 1972 - ''Live At Max's Kansas City''

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* 1972 - ''Live At at Max's Kansas City''



* CoverVersion: None by themselves, but the Velvets have been frequently covered by AlternativeRock bands like Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Galaxie 500, Music/TheRunaways and others. Music/DavidBowie also got in on the act by covering "Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat". Earlier, Music/TheYardbirds covered "I'm Waiting For The Man" in their live shows during the band's final months.

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* CoverVersion: None by themselves, but the Velvets have been frequently covered by AlternativeRock bands like Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Galaxie 500, Music/TheRunaways and others. Music/DavidBowie also got in on the act by covering "Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat". Earlier, Music/TheYardbirds covered "I'm Waiting For The for the Man" in their live shows during the band's final months.



** "I'm Waiting For The Man" is a concert favourite of Music/DavidBowie, and frequently makes appearances in his shows. Interestingly, he first heard it when his manager brought back an early acetate copy of ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' before it was released. So when a young Bowie started playing it live with his band, not only was he the first person to cover the Velvets, he was the first person to do it ''before the Velvets even got their record out''. There's got to be some kind of special achievement for that.

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** "I'm Waiting For The for the Man" is was a concert favourite of Music/DavidBowie, and frequently makes made appearances in his shows. Interestingly, he first heard it when his manager brought back an early acetate copy of ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' before it was released. So when a young Bowie started playing it live with his band, not only was he the first person to cover the Velvets, he was the first person to do it ''before the Velvets even got their record out''. There's got to be some kind of special achievement for that.



* DroneOfDread: A lot of their songs are based on this to the point where they could be considered the {{Trope Codifier}}s. The live piece "Melody Laughter" is a good example.



* FaceOnTheCover: Only on their third album ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground''.

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* FaceOnTheCover: Only on their third album ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground''.''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'' and their compilation ''Another View''.



* [[GirlInABox Guy In A Box]]: "The Gift" shows us why it's a bad idea.
* GratuitousPanning: "The Murder Mystery", "The Gift" being the most extreme examples.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock And Roll".

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* [[GirlInABox Guy In A in a Box]]: "The Gift" shows us why it's a bad idea.
* GratuitousPanning: "The Murder Mystery", Mystery" and "The Gift" being the most extreme examples.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock And and Roll".



* InvincibleClassicCar: The Stutz [=Bearcat=] in "Sweet Jane".

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* InvincibleClassicCar: The Stutz [=Bearcat=] Bearcat in "Sweet Jane".



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Venus In Furs". The band's name itself is taken from a book about, fittingly enough, the sexual subculture of TheSixties.
* LyricalDissonance: "The Gift", "Lady Godiva's Operation", "Sister Ray", "Who Loves The Sun".

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Venus In in Furs". The band's name itself is taken from a book about, fittingly enough, the sexual subculture of TheSixties.
* LyricalDissonance: "The Gift", "Lady Godiva's Operation", "Sister Ray", "Who Loves The the Sun".



* MinimalisticCoverArt: All their albums. ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' has an Creator/AndyWarhol-drawn banana on the cover (on the original vinyl you could peel it away, which explains the title of their box set ''Peel Slowly and See''), ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'' is a blacker-than-black cover with white text and a faintly embossed picture of a tattoo, ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'' is just a picture of the band, ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' depicts a subway station with pink smoke emerging from it, ''VU'' is a picture of [[VisualPun a VU meter]] and ''Another View'' is another picture of the band.
* MisogynySong: "There She Goes Again". May be a {{deconstruction}} since it's based around jealousy, an emotion Lou Reed is on record as considering "a destructive, horrible emotion" ("The Gift" and "Satellite Of Love" also de-construct jealousy).
* MistakenForGay: Lou Reed and John Cale. According to Cale's autobiography ''What's Welsh For Zen'', when they were making music together in the very early days of the Velvet Underground, they were seen as "weird, sadistic, aloof, and nasty," as Cale puts it, and were seen as so close to one another that everyone was certain they were gay.
** According to Sterling Morrison, all the members of the band were assumed to be gay due to their association with Andy Warhol.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: ''The Velvet Underground And Nico''.
* MythologyGag: As pointed out above, the title of the box set ''Peel Slowly And See''.

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* MinimalisticCoverArt: All their albums. ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' has an Creator/AndyWarhol-drawn banana on the cover (on the original vinyl you could peel it away, which explains the title of their box set ''Peel Slowly and See''), See'', on which you could do the same thing), ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'' is a blacker-than-black cover with white text and a faintly embossed picture of a tattoo, ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'' is just a picture of the band, ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' depicts a subway station with pink smoke emerging from it, ''VU'' is a picture of [[VisualPun a VU meter]] and ''Another View'' is another picture of the band.
* MisogynySong: "There She Goes Again". May be a {{deconstruction}} since it's based around jealousy, an emotion Lou Reed is on record as considering "a destructive, horrible emotion" ("The Gift" and "Satellite Of of Love" also de-construct jealousy).
* MistakenForGay: Lou Reed and John Cale. According to Cale's autobiography ''What's Welsh For for Zen'', when they were making music together in the very early days of the Velvet Underground, they were seen as "weird, sadistic, aloof, and nasty," as Cale puts it, and were seen as so close to one another that everyone was certain they were gay.
** According to Sterling Morrison, all the members of the band were assumed to be gay due to their association with Andy Warhol.
Creator/AndyWarhol.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: ''The Velvet Underground And Nico''.
''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''.
* MythologyGag: As pointed out above, the title of the box set ''Peel Slowly And and See''.



* ObligatoryBondageSong: [[TropeMaker More or less invented it]] with "Venus In Furs."
* ObsessionSong: Several entries deal with the negative consequences of jealousy, most directly "The Gift", but also "Satellite Of Love" (later remade by Reed in his solo career) and "There She Goes Again". There's an interview with Reed in which he expounds at length on how destructive an emotion he finds jealousy to be, as if the song itself didn't already make it obvious.

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: [[TropeMaker More or less invented it]] with "Venus In in Furs."
* ObsessionSong: Several entries deal with the negative consequences of jealousy, most directly "The Gift", but also "Satellite Of of Love" (later remade by Reed in his solo career) and "There She Goes Again". There's an interview with Reed in which he expounds at length on how destructive an emotion he finds jealousy to be, as if the song itself didn't already make it obvious.



* ProgressiveRock: Even though the band is usually thought of as an UrExample of PunkRock, the band's classical influence (thanks to Music/JohnCale) and Reed's poetic lyrics also anticipated prog. The Velvets also influenced a lot of KrautRock bands, including Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}.

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* ProgressiveRock: Even though the band is usually thought of as an UrExample of PunkRock, the band's classical influence (thanks to Music/JohnCale) and Reed's poetic lyrics also anticipated prog. The Velvets also influenced a lot of KrautRock {{Krautrock}} bands, including Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}.



* SillyLoveSongs: Yeah, they have one. "I Found A Reason", to be precise. "I Love You" could qualify, too, although it's hard to tell how sincere Reed is being.

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* SillyLoveSongs: Yeah, they have one. "I Found A a Reason", to be precise. "I Love You" could qualify, too, although it's hard to tell how sincere Reed is being.



* SpokenWordInMusic: "The Gift", "The Murder Mystery", arguably bits of "I Found A Reason".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "After Hours" and "I'm Sticking With You" for Maureen Tucker. Reed admitted he gave "After Hours" to Mo on purpose because if he sang it wouldn't have sounded as innocent.

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* SpokenWordInMusic: "The Gift", "The Murder Mystery", arguably bits of "I Found A a Reason".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "After Hours" and "I'm Sticking With with You" for Maureen Tucker. Reed admitted he gave "After Hours" to Mo on purpose because if he sang it wouldn't have sounded as innocent.
15th Mar '16 1:21:41 PM DavidDelony
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[[caption-width-right:350:The Velvet Underground. And Music/{{Nico}}. Oh, and their friend [[Creator/AndyWarhol Andy]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The Velvet Underground.Underground, circa 1967. And Music/{{Nico}}. Oh, and their friend [[Creator/AndyWarhol Andy]]. From left to right: Nico, Andy Warhol, Maureen Tucker, Music/LouReed, Sterling Morrison and Music/JohnCale.]]
6th Jan '16 9:39:33 AM CassandraLeo
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* UrExample: For PunkRock (they are considered ProtoPunk for a reason, after all) and AlternativeRock. As mentioned above, they also had some influence on ProgressiveRock bands, as well.

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* UrExample: For PunkRock (they are considered ProtoPunk for a reason, after all) and AlternativeRock. As mentioned above, they also had some influence on ProgressiveRock bands, as well.well, and they are sometimes cited as this for PostRock as well (BoleroEffect-laden songs like "Heroin" would certainly seem to support this assertion).
4th Jan '16 12:24:55 PM CassandraLeo
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: People familiar with their more abrasive first two albums may be surprised to find out that their 1965 demo recordings consist entirely of acoustic FolkMusic.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: People familiar with their more abrasive first two albums may be surprised to find out that their 1965 demo recordings consist entirely of acoustic FolkMusic. This does, however, anticipate the direction they would take on their LighterAndSofter third album, which is not entirely acoustic but certainly qualifies as FolkRock.
4th Jan '16 12:22:06 PM CassandraLeo
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: People familiar with their more abrasive first two albums may be surprised to find out that their 1965 demo recordings consist entirely of acoustic FolkMusic.
24th Dec '15 4:10:24 AM CassandraLeo
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* UrExample: For PunkRock (they are considered ProtoPunk for a reason, after all) and AlterntaiveRock. As mentioned above, they also had some influence on ProgressiveRock bands, as well.

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* UrExample: For PunkRock (they are considered ProtoPunk for a reason, after all) and AlterntaiveRock.AlternativeRock. As mentioned above, they also had some influence on ProgressiveRock bands, as well.
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* UrExample: For PunkRock (they are considered ProtoPunk for a reason, after all) and AlterntaiveRock. As mentioned above, they also had some influence on ProgressiveRock bands, as well.
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