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** While Brian Eno has been vocal in how he was influenced by the band, fellow Music/RoxyMusic bandmate Bryan Ferry covered "What Goes On" for ''The Bride Stripped Bare'', which indicates he likes the Velvets as well.

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** While Brian Eno has been vocal in how he was influenced by the band, fellow Music/RoxyMusic bandmate Bryan Ferry covered "What Goes On" while interpolating "Beginning to See the Light" for ''The Bride Stripped Bare'', which indicates he likes the Velvets as well.


* NamesTheSame: The Warlocks, the band's original name, was also that of Music/TheGratefulDead.

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The Warlocks, the band's original name, was also that of Music/TheGratefulDead.

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** According to John Cale, Sister Ray was not the only time we heard of the titular character. According to him, they would engage in long jams while Lou Reed would become ""a Southern preacher man, telling stories and just inventing these fantastic characters as we played." Only one recording acts as proof of this (The 40-minute "Sweet Sister Ray", available online if you know where to look), the rest either haven't seen the light of day, were never recorded, or weren't even performed in the first place.

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* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Sterling Morrison's favorite VU song was "Venus in Furs," from ''Velvet Underground and Nico''

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: The band's lyrics were noted for depicting all kinds of depravity but Mo Tucker was a devout Catholic who would attend mass on tour.


* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, Music/PattiSmith, Music/TalkingHeads, [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}}, Music/KurtCobain and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.

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Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, Music/PattiSmith, Music/TalkingHeads, [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}}, Music/KurtCobain and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.years.
** While Brian Eno has been vocal in how he was influenced by the band, fellow Music/RoxyMusic bandmate Bryan Ferry covered "What Goes On" for ''The Bride Stripped Bare'', which indicates he likes the Velvets as well.


* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, Music/PattiSmith [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}}, Music/KurtCobain and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.

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* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, Music/PattiSmith Music/PattiSmith, Music/TalkingHeads, [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}}, Music/KurtCobain and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.


* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}} and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.

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* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno, Music/PattiSmith [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}} Music/{{U2}}, Music/KurtCobain and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.


* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.

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* BigNameFan: Czech president Vaclav Havel was a huge fan of the band. Other famous fans include Music/DavidBowie, Music/BrianEno Music/BrianEno, [[Music/JoyDivision Ian Curtis]], Music/{{U2}} and pretty much every band you've heard of over the last 25 years.

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* BreakupBreakout: After Lou Reed quit, he went on to a solo career which was much more commercially successful than anything the VU did. John Cale has also had an impressive solo career.


* OlderThanTheyThink: A number of songs later performed in more famous versions by other artists were originally demoed as Velvet Underground songs. Examples include Nico's "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" and Reed's "Satellite of Love", "Oh Jim", "Caroline Says II", and "Sad Song".


** Believe it or not, there was actually a second band with the "Velvet Underground" name. They were based in Australia and featured a pre-Music/{{ACDC}} Malcom Young.
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: The ''Live at Max's Kansas City'' album came from a cassette provided by Warhol acolyte Brigid Polk. In fact, pretty much all of the officially released live material from the band's original run came from fans.

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** Believe it or not, there was actually a second band with the "Velvet Underground" name. They were based in Australia and featured a pre-Music/{{ACDC}} Malcom Malcolm Young.
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: The ''Live at Max's Kansas City'' album came from a cassette provided by Warhol acolyte Brigid Polk. In fact, pretty much very nearly all of the officially released live material from the band's original run came from fans.fans; even the show at End of Cole Ave. in Dallas that was used as one of the two sources for ''1969: The Velvet Underground Live'' was only recorded professionally because a recording engineer happened to be in the audience and had brought along his gear. The Matrix at San Francisco, the other source for the ''1969'' album (and later, ''The Complete Matrix Tapes'') was apparently the only time the band actually got to use an in-house recording deck.


* BlackSheepHit: While not big hits, "Sweet Jane" and "Rock And Roll" are still their best-known songs. They're much more accessible than the band's earlier material.

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* BlackSheepHit: While not big hits, "Sweet Jane" and "Rock And and Roll" are still their best-known songs. They're much more accessible than the band's earlier material.material.
** "Who Loves the Sun" has been getting a lot more airplay on classic rock radio lately. Perhaps not coincidentally, these are the first three songs on ''Music/{{Loaded}}''.



** There are no videos of the band's performances as part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, and apart from ''1969 Live'' and ''The Complete Matrix Tapes'', none of the live recordings of the band during its initial incarnation were professionally made. Additionally, the John Cale era, regarded by many fans as the finest period of the band, was particularly sparsely recorded and there are ''no'' professional live recordings of that era. Since much of the band's material was only performed live, and they would regularly do improvisations that went up to half an hour ''or longer'' (see EpicRocking on the main page), this is quite a loss for rock fans.

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** There are no videos of the band's performances as part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, and apart from ''1969 Live'' and ''The Complete Matrix Tapes'', none of the live recordings of the band during its initial incarnation were professionally made. Additionally, the John Cale Music/JohnCale era, regarded by many fans as the finest period of the band, was particularly sparsely recorded and there are ''no'' professional live recordings of that era. Since much of the band's material was only performed live, and they would regularly do improvisations that went up to half an hour ''or longer'' (see EpicRocking on the main page), this is quite a loss for rock fans.


* ExecutiveMeddling: The villain here being their manager Steve Sesnick. Reed quit in 1970 mostly because he had had it with Sesnick and the record company's attempts to control his songwriting. He sent every other Velvet home but Yule when it was time to record ''[[Music/{{Squeeze 1973}} Squeeze]]'' in England. He asked Yule and a new line-up to tour England but bailed on them right before the start, leaving them to try and finish the tour on their own.

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The villain here being their manager Steve Sesnick. Reed quit in 1970 mostly because he had had it with Sesnick and the record company's attempts to control his songwriting. He sent every other Velvet home but Yule when it was time to record ''[[Music/{{Squeeze 1973}} Squeeze]]'' in England. He asked Yule and a new line-up to tour England but bailed on them right before the start, leaving them to try and finish the tour on their own.


* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The reason there are any live recordings of them at all prior to the 1993 reunion tour; even the official {{live albums}} ''Live at Max's Kansas City'' and ''The Quine Tapes'' are very obvious bootleg recordings. The only live album from the original lifespan of the group that was professionally recorded was ''Live 1969'', and even that's a case of this trope because the original four-track tapes the album was sourced from were lost for decades. The sources of the songs from the Matrix shows were eventually recovered and re-released in their entirety as ''The Complete Matrix Tapes'', but the End of Cole Ave. shows still have not been.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The reason there are any live recordings of them at all prior to the 1993 reunion tour; even the official {{live albums}} album}}s ''Live at Max's Kansas City'' and ''The Quine Tapes'' are very obvious bootleg recordings. The only live album from the original lifespan of the group that was professionally recorded was ''Live 1969'', and even that's a case of this trope because the original four-track tapes the album was sourced from were lost for decades. The sources of the songs from the Matrix shows were eventually recovered and re-released in their entirety as ''The Complete Matrix Tapes'', but the End of Cole Ave. shows still have not been.

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