[[caption-width-right:350: ''I don't know just what it's all about. Put on your red pajamas and find out.'']]

''The Velvet Underground'' is the third studio album by Music/VelvetUnderground, released in 1969. It is their first album without founding member Music/JohnCale, who chose to leave the band after ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'' from the previous year; it is also their last studio album to feature Maureen Tucker, as due to her pregnancy, she was unable to appear on ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' from the following year. This album is the first featuring Cale's replacement Doug Yule, who would take over the band in the future.

With his main rival within the band now gone, Music/LouReed was able to make his own ideas and tastes more dominant. The result was a less AvantGardeMusic sound compared to their previous two albums ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' from 1967 and ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat''. Most of the songs are straightforward rock songs such as "Candy Says", "What Goes On" and "Pale Blue Eyes", which remained audience favourites over the years.

The album was listed at #316 in Magazine/RollingStone's ''Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime''.

!! Tracklist:


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "Candy Says" (4:04)
# "What Goes On" (4:55)
# "Some Kinda Love" (4:03)
# "Pale Blue Eyes" (5:41)
# "Jesus" (3:24)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "Beginning to See the Light" (4:41)
# "I'm Set Free" (4:08)
# "That's the Story of My Life" (1:59)
# "The Murder Mystery" (8:55)
# "After Hours" (2:07)

!!Principal Members:

* Sterling Morrison - guitar, backing and co-lead vocals
* Music/LouReed - lead vocals, guitar, piano
* Maureen Tucker - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals
* Doug Yule - bass, backing and lead vocals, organ

! '''''Pale Blue Tropes''''':
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''M'''urder '''M'''ystery".
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead:
** "Candy Says"
--> ''Candy says: "I'd like to know completely''
--> ''What others so discreetly talk about''.
** "What Goes On"
--> ''What goes on in your mind?''
* AntiLoveSong: "Pale Blue Eyes"
--> ''But mostly you just make me mad''
--> ''Baby, you just make me mad''
--> ''Linger on, your pale blue eyes''
* AvantGardeMusic: "The Murder Mystery" is the sole track that fits this genre.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: A huge theme on the album. In "That's the Story of My Life" the difference between wrong and right is said to be "dead". In "Beginning to See the Light" Reed asks: "Here comes two of you, which one will you choose? One is black, one is blue. Don't know just what to do?" and in "Jesus" he asks Jesus to help him.
* BoringButPractical: "Some Kinda Love"
--> ''I heard what you said''
--> ''Marguerita told Tom''
--> ''And, of course, you're a bore''
--> ''But at that you're not charm-less''
--> ''For a bore is a straight line''
--> ''That finds a wealth in division''
--> ''And some kinds of love''
--> ''Are mistaken for vision''
* ContinuityNod: "Candy Says" would receive a CallBack with "Caroline Says Part II" on ''Music/{{Berlin}}'' by Music/LouReed.
* CountingToThree: Tucker does this at the start of "After Hours".
* TheCynic:
** "I'm Set Free"
--> ''And now I'm set free''
--> ''I'm set free''
--> ''I'm set free to find a new illusion''
** "That's the Story of My Life"
--> ''That's the story of my life''
--> ''That's the difference between wrong and right''
--> ''But Billy said, both those words are dead''
--> ''That's the story of my life.''
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The album cover is in black and white.
* DespairEventHorizon: "After Hours"
--> ''All the people are dancing''
--> ''And they're having such fun''
--> ''I wish it could happen to me''
* EpicRocking: The 8:55 "The Murder Mystery".
* EpiphanyTherapy: "Beginning to See the Light".
--> ''Yeah, I'm beginning to see the light''
* FaceOnTheCover: This was the first album to feature the band members on the cover. Features a hilariously clean-cut Lou Reed.
* GodIsLoveSongs: "Jesus", a song where Reed asks the Messiah for salvation.
* GratuitousPanning: "The Murder Mystery", which has different vocals from different band members in each channel. Reed would later call this a failed experiment.
* InnocentBlueEyes: {{Subverted|Trope}} in "Pale Blue Eyes". The mellow and soothing music leads one to think that this trope is in play, and from the lyrics you can tell that the narrator ''wants'' to believe this--but he can't, because the relationship can't last, because [[YourCheatingHeart she's cheating on her husband with him]].
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to their last two albums this record is much more minimalist and intimate. The only real AvantGardeMusic track is "The Murder Mystery".
* MinisculeRocking: The 1:59 "That's the Story of My Life" and 2:07 "After Hours".
* NewSoundAlbum: Compared to their earlier albums they are almost unrecognizable, save for "The Murder Mystery".
* NonAppearingTitle: The album title does not appear in any of the lyrics.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: "The Murder Mystery" features all four band members' voices. During the verses, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison each recite different verses of poetry simultaneously, with each track panning strictly to the left and right. For the choruses, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule sing different lyrics and melodies at the same time, also separated left and right.
* OneManSong: "Jesus".
* OneWomanSong: "Candy Says".
* ProperlyParanoid: "Candy Says"
--> ''Candy says: "I'd like to know completely''
--> ''What others so discreetly talk about''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Candy Says" was about Creator/AndyWarhol model Candy Darling, who would later be referenced again in Reed's song "Walk on the Wild Side" from ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.
* ShoutOut:
** An instrumental version of "Pale Blue Eyes" was used in ''Film/TheDivingBellAndTheButterfly''.
** "Some Kinda Love" inspired the Music/{{dEUS}} song "What We Talk About (When We Talk About Love)" from ''Music/PocketRevolution'' (2005).
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''The Velvet Underground''.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "The Murder Mystery" alternates Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison speaking in one channel with Doug Yule and Moe Tucker singing in the other.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Drummer Maureen "Moe" Tucker sings "After Hours" and provides backing vocals on "The Murder Mystery". Bass player Doug Yule performs the lead vocals on "Candy Says".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "After Hours", much thanks to Maureen "Moe" Tucker's vocal delivery. Reed admitted that he gave it to her on purpose because if he'd sung it, it wouldn't have sounded as innocent.
* {{Transgender}}: "Candy Says" was written with Andy Warhol protégé Candy Darling in mind.
* WordSaladLyrics:
** "The Murder Mystery" consists mostly of a series of nonsensical words and phrases, most of them spoken by different people at the same time.
** Many lyrics are difficult to decipher at first. This is lampshaded in "Some Kinda Love"
--> ''I don't know just what it's all about.''
--> ''Put on your red pyjamas and find out.''