* AwesomeMusic: Pretty much all of their albums. There's a reason why they're one of the most influential bands of all time.
* BrokenBase:
** Some fans just can't stand Music/{{Nico}}'s voice, but opinion on Nico is [[LoveItOrHateIt polarized]] even outside VU fandom.
** There's also the more elitist fans who refuse to listen to anything the band did after Cale's departure.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'', ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', and ''Music/{{Loaded}}''.
* [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment Of Funny]]: "The Gift" from ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'' as a whole, notably the in-song "audience"'s reaction.
** "Temptation Inside of Your Heart", with all the random StudioChatter during the song (including Reed's [[ArtisticLicensePhysics "Electricity comes from other planets!")]]
* EarWorm: Listen to "The Murder Mystery" from ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'' and see if you don't have that beat going through your head the rest of the day.
* EpicRiff: Most of their songs.
* FaceOfTheBand: Lou Reed.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Lou Reed died on a Sunday morning.
* GatewaySeries: The band is one for proto-punk.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** See the note under VindicatedByHistory about their Eastern European popularity.
** The band was also a major influence on the British PunkRock scene.
** On a regional level, the band had a following in the Boston area. Doug Yule hailed from there.
* HarsherInHindsight: The lyrics to "Sunday Morning", given that Lou Reed died on a Sunday morning in 2013. Lines like "watch out, the world's behind you" change meaning completely.
* HilariousInHindsight: A guy once actually did mail himself to his girlfriend. Fortunately, he didn't get killed but did get in trouble with the Post Office.
* ILikedItBetterWhenItSucked: The '60s and '70s live recordings were almost all recorded by amateurs, because the band had no idea that people would want to hear live performances of theirs decades down the road, and as one Allmusic review states, "Whether the original Velvets rehearsed regularly or not, in concert their every movement appeared to be a step into the absolute unknown."[[hottip:*:''1969 Live'' is the exception to the "recorded by amateurs" rule, and also appears to be the only recording from this period not sourced from an audience recording; however, even so there are issues with the sound quality on reissues due to the original four-track tapes apparently having been lost.]] Meanwhile, the live material from their 1990s reunion is professionally recorded and meticulously rehearsed, and thus there is a sort of familiarity to the material that many find disconcerting.
* MisaimedFandom: Although Lou Reed may have written and sung songs about heroin, he was actually rather shocked when he heard from fans saying that they started doing the stuff after hearing the song "Heroin." (For the record, he had only done the drug twice when he wrote the song and preferred amphetamines).
* {{Misblamed}}: It's not Yule's fault ''[[Music/{{Squeeze1973}} Squeeze]]'' exists. It's Steve Sesnick's.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Lady Godiva's Operation", big time. It starts off with Music/JohnCale doing a [[StepUpToTheMicrophone rare lead vocal]], and sounding rather mellow as well. The mood darkens when Music/LouReed starts sing-speaking. Then the entire musical background goes haywire, and someone's whispering in one channel. Make sure you're wide awake for this one.
* TheScrappy: Doug Yule gets treated like this despite his contributions to the last two albums - he wasn't invited to the 1993 reunion (although he said he would've declined anyway if he was asked), and was even excluded from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
-->'''Interviewer:''' Where's Doug Yule?
-->'''Music/LouReed:''' Dead, I hope.
** Despite this, Yule's contributions to the group shouldn't be overlooked, as he was a multi-instrumentalist just as versatile as Cale, and he brought some strong melodic sensibilities to the group with him. He also often gets MisBlamed for ''Squeeze'', as mentioned above. See [[http://www.richieunterberger.com/vumyth.html here]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: While they are a rather influential band that pioneered the use of feedback, noise, and unorthodox tunings, modern listeners sometimes fail to realize why they were so groundbreaking due to how common those things have become among more modern acts like Music/SonicYouth. They were also one of the first bands to actually mention controversial topics such as drugs, sex, violence, and so on, which are now common themes for songs, but in their time, many record stores actually refused to carry their albums due to the objectionable nature of their lyrics.
-->'''Lou Reed:''' (Introducing "Heroin") Yes, it still exists. Now in the original days, not only was it banned, but they wouldn't take ''advertisements'' for our album because of it. Now here we are doin' it over the radio. [[DeadpanSnarker Very]] [[SarcasmMode funny.]]
* SophomoreSlump: ''White Light/White Heat'' is a notable aversion. It's often cited by critics as one of the best albums of all time and was as crucial to the development of PunkRock as the first album was.
* VindicatedByHistory: Music/BrianEno [[BeamMeUpScotty is credited with]] saying it best: only 1,000 people bought ''The Velvet Underground & Nico'', and all of them started a band.
** We can '''NOT''' leave out how the VU, along with Music/FrankZappa, were '''[[ThePowerOfRock/RealLife HUGELY INFLUENTIAL]]''' on the Velvet Revolution led by playwright Vaclav Havel, which led to the overthrow of the Stalinist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia. Havel later became the country's President and continued in office after the Velvet Divorce peacefully split the country into UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic and UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}}. Reed AND Zappa would both go on to separately interview Havel. (Reed's can be found in his book ''Between Thought And Expression: Selected Lyrics of Lou Reed''.)
** When Lou Reed died in 2013, the whole Internet exploded with grief.
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