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** Even within their canon, "Sister Ray", a seventeen-and-a-half-minute noise-rock freakout, counts. The engineer infamously left the studio during the recording, reportedly saying (per Reed's retelling), "I don't have to ''listen to this''. I'll put it in Record, and then I'm ''leaving''. When you're done, come get me."


* SignatureSong: "Who Loves the Sun", "Sweet Jane", and "Rock & Roll" are the three songs you're likeliest to hear on the radio (at least in the United States), but "Heroin" is probably their most notorious and influential song. Other candidates include (but are by no means limited to) "I'm Waiting for the Man", "Femme Fatale", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "White Light/White Heat", "Sister Ray", and "Pale Blue Eyes".

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* SignatureSong: "Who Loves the Sun", "Sweet Jane", and "Rock & Roll" are the three songs you're likeliest to hear on the radio (at least in the United States), but "Heroin" is probably their most notorious and influential song. Other candidates include (but are by no means limited to) "Sunday Morning", "I'm Waiting for the Man", "Femme Fatale", "Venus in Furs", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "I'll Be Your Mirror" (OK, basically the whole first album), "White Light/White Heat", "Sister Ray", and "Pale Blue Eyes".Eyes", and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'".

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* SignatureSong: "Who Loves the Sun", "Sweet Jane", and "Rock & Roll" are the three songs you're likeliest to hear on the radio (at least in the United States), but "Heroin" is probably their most notorious and influential song. Other candidates include (but are by no means limited to) "I'm Waiting for the Man", "Femme Fatale", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "White Light/White Heat", "Sister Ray", and "Pale Blue Eyes".


* 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 1990's reunion is professionally recorded and meticulously rehearsed, and thus there is a sort of familiarity to the material that many find disconcerting.


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* SoBadItWasBetter: 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 1990's reunion is professionally recorded and meticulously rehearsed, and thus there is a sort of familiarity to the material that many find disconcerting.


* 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.


** The band was also a major influence on the British PunkRock scene.
*** The band seemed bigger in the UK in general than their home country as their first album has gone platinum and their third went sliver (a few of their compliations have received sales certificates as well) after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''. In contrast, none of their albums have received a sales certificate in America.

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** The band was also a major influence on the British PunkRock scene.
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scene. The band seemed bigger in the UK in general than their home country as their first album has gone platinum and their third went sliver (a few of their compliations compilations have received sales certificates as well) after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''. In contrast, none of their albums have received a sales certificate in America.


*** The band seemed bigger in the UK in general than their home country as their first album has gone platinum and their third went sliver (a few of their compliations have received sales certificates as well). In contrast, none of their albums have received a sales certificate in America.

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*** The band seemed bigger in the UK in general than their home country as their first album has gone platinum and their third went sliver (a few of their compliations have received sales certificates as well).well) after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''. In contrast, none of their albums have received a sales certificate in America.



** The band had a huge influence on the German {{Krautrock}} movement, particularly on Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}, especially after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.

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** The band had a huge influence on the German {{Krautrock}} movement, particularly on Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}, especially after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.

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*** The band seemed bigger in the UK in general than their home country as their first album has gone platinum and their third went sliver (a few of their compliations have received sales certificates as well). In contrast, none of their albums have received a sales certificate in America.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much all of their albums. Except ''[[CanonDiscontinuity Squeeze]]''. There's a reason why they're one of the most influential bands of all time.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much all of their albums. Except [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Except]] ''[[CanonDiscontinuity Squeeze]]''. There's a reason why they're one of the most influential bands of all time.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much all of their albums. There's a reason why they're one of the most influential bands of all time.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much all of their albums. Except ''[[CanonDiscontinuity Squeeze]]''. There's a reason why they're one of the most influential bands of all time.


* BrieferThanTheyThink: For all the acclaim the Velvet Underground gets, and for just how influential they were on popular music, many people are surprised to find out the band lasted just nine years, three of which were as the Velvet Underground InNameOnly.

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* BrieferThanTheyThink: For all the acclaim the Velvet Underground gets, and for just how influential they were on popular music, many people are surprised to find out the band lasted just nine years, the final three of which were spent as the Velvet Underground InNameOnly.

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* BrieferThanTheyThink: For all the acclaim the Velvet Underground gets, and for just how influential they were on popular music, many people are surprised to find out the band lasted just nine years, three of which were as the Velvet Underground InNameOnly.


* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Songs about drugs and sadomasochism at ear-splitting volume? Most music fans in the '60s were terrified of the band.


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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Songs about drugs and sadomasochism at ear-splitting volume? Most music fans in the '60s were terrified of the band.


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* 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".


** The band had a huge influence on the German {{Krautrock}} movement, particularly on Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}.

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** The band had a huge influence on the German {{Krautrock}} movement, particularly on Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}.Music/{{Neu}}, especially after Music/DavidBowie championed Lou Reed and the VU and produced ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.

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** The band had a huge influence on the German {{Krautrock}} movement, particularly on Music/{{Can}} and Music/{{Neu}}.

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