The Velvet Underground

Profile:
Famous rock'n roll group from New York. Well known for Andy Warhol's artwork and often cited as one of the most important and influential groups of their era.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (Performer)

Original members:

Lou Reed (b. 2 March 1942 - d. 27 October 2013):
Vocals, Guitar, Piano

John Cale (b. 9 March 1942):
Vocals, Electric Viola, Organ, Bass Guitar

Sterling Morrison (b. 29 August 1942 - d. 30 August 1995):
Vocals, Guitar and Bass Guitar

Maureen Tucker (b. 26 August 1944):
Percussion

Lou Reed's first group with John Cale was The Primitives (3) (along with Tony Conrad and Walter De Maria), a short-lived group assembled to issue budget-priced recordings and support an anti-dance single penned by Reed, "The Ostrich", to which Cale added a viola passage.
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The Velvet Underground - Scepter Studios Sessions album art The Velvet Underground Scepter Studios Sessions (Album) Not On Label US 1966 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico album art The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico (Album, Comp) Verve Records US 1966 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat album art The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat (Album) Verve Records US 1968 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground album art The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records Germany 1969 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Loaded album art The Velvet Underground Loaded (Album) Cotillion US 1970 Sell This Version
SD 9034 The Velvet Underground - Loaded album art The Velvet Underground Loaded(LP, Album, PRC) Cotillion SD 9034 US 1970 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Live At Max's Kansas City album art The Velvet Underground Live At Max's Kansas City (Album) Cotillion UK 1972 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Squeeze album art The Velvet Underground Squeeze (Album) Polydor Germany 1972 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed album art The Velvet Underground 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed (Album) Mercury US 1974 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed - Vol. 2 album art The Velvet Underground 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed - Vol. 2 (Album) Fontana Italy 1979 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed - Vol. I album art The Velvet Underground 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed - Vol. I (Album) Fontana Italy 1979 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - VU album art The Velvet Underground VU (Album) Verve Records New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Another View album art The Velvet Underground Another View (Album) Verve Records US 1986 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Live MCMXCIII album art The Velvet Underground Live MCMXCIII (Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1993 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes album art The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes (Album, Comp) Polydor US 2001 Sell This Version
CTCD-350-353 The Velvet Underground - Final V.U. 1971 - 1973 album art V.U.* Final V.U. 1971 - 1973(4xCD + Box) Captain Trip Records CTCD-350-353 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
none The Velvet Underground - Selected Highlights From The 3-Cd Box Set The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series, Volume 1 - The Quine Tapes album art The Velvet Underground Selected Highlights From The 3-Cd Box Set The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series, Volume 1 - The Quine Tapes(CDr, Promo) Polydor, Universal none UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes album art The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes Universal Music Enterprises, Universal Music Group International Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties  album art The Velvet Underground And Nico (3) The Velvet Underground And Nico (3) - All Tomorrow's Parties (Single) Verve Records US 1966 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale album art The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale (Single) Verve Records Australia 1966 Sell This Version
3 The Velvet Underground - White Wind / Loop album art Peter Walker (4) / The Velvet Underground Peter Walker (4) / The Velvet Underground - White Wind / Loop(Flexi, 7", Mono) Roaring Fork Press 3 US 1966 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat / Here She Comes Now album art The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat / Here She Comes Now (Single) Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
none The Velvet Underground - Index album art Lou Reed, Nico (3), The Velvet Underground Lou Reed, Nico (3), The Velvet Underground - Index(Flexi, 7", Pic) Black Star Books none US 1967 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground album art The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground MGM Records US 1969 Sell This Version
K-14057 The Velvet Underground - What Goes On / Jesus album art The Velvet Underground What Goes On / Jesus(7", Mono, Promo, Styrene) MGM Records K-14057 US 1969 Sell This Version

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MagicBeliever66

MagicBeliever66

February 24, 2020
edited 3 months ago
Though mostly ignored during their brief run in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, The Velvet Underground would slowly become one of the most influential bands in the history of popular music. At the height of the hippie era, the Velvets took inspiration from beat poetry, free jazz, minimalism, and classic rock 'n' roll. Their lyrics detailed the glamour and darkness of New York life, a downtown attitude shared by their patron/producer Andy Warhol. And with their heavy feedback, stripped-down rhythms, and droning melodies, they pointed the way to punk, indie, noise rock, no wave, and much more. The Velvet Underground were innovators on many fronts—lyrical content, dissonance, sheer attitude—but beneath the screeching feedback lay some deceptively traditional songwriting. The shuffling “Run Run Run” boasts harmonies far sweeter than its subject matter; “There She Goes Again” pins its risqué lyrics on a riff cribbed from Marvin Gaye. And the lilting “Who Loves the Sun” could almost be mistaken for a lullaby. The Velvet Underground were iconoclasts unwilling to turn their backs on the past. The spry, jangly “We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together” is a reminder that beneath the feedback, they often played surprisingly straight-ahead rock ‘n' roll. So is “That's the Story of My Life,” an understated ballad filigreed with blues guitar, while Nico's “Chelsea Girls” taps an even more traditional strain of string-infused folk.
spencerrecords

spencerrecords

March 21, 2019
Well, of course you're absolutely right. The Beatles were just a pub band that got lucky.
donnacha

donnacha

February 7, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
Arguably the most important band of all time! I once gave a lecture on how the Velvets were more important than the Beatles - the latter created the pop music phenomenon, but the Velvets changed the paradigm of music forever mixing classical ability (Cale) with lack of traditional music ability of Reed. This set the stage for all forms of non-traditional based music from punk to industrial to electronic music in general.

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