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Old Aug 07, 2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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Anyone have any thoughts?

Both are totally new to me and I would LOVE to learn more.

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Old Aug 07, 2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Anyone have any thoughts?

Both are totally new to me and I would LOVE to learn more.

All info, personal stories, recommendations, etc., will be most gratefully received...
Well, I don't know the music by Velvet Underground. But I do know a bit the music of Lou Reed... I'm afraid I don't like it, except the classics "Walk on the Wilde side" and "Perfect Day".

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Old Aug 07, 2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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Anyone have any thoughts?

Both are totally new to me and I would LOVE to learn more.
Excellent choice! Lou Reed and the Underground are amazing... I'm a huge fan of both and always have been. I don't have any stories except for the fact that I saw Lou Reed twice... once at The Roxy in the late '70s and once at the Universal Amphitheater in 1989 (?) in support of his flawless New York album. (If you want to know what it was like to be a young person who wasn't into big hair and neon spandex during the '80s, listen to that album! It spells out what life was like for those of us in the non-Duran Duran crowd.)

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Suggestions to start:

The classic Lou Reed album is Berlin and it is where any exploration of Lou Reed needs to start, but I've always been more into Transformer for some reason... and I think New York is just amazing too. Those are the three best albums of his, in my opinion... and I think it's kind of the general rock & roll consensus.

As for the Velvets, their first album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, is friggin' amazing... absolutely mind-blowing and flawless. Their next two albums are also great... personally, I like the eponymous Velvet Underground just a smidgen more than White Light/White Heat.

If you dig all that stuff, you may also want to check out the New York Dolls. Their early stuff and some of their demos are amazing!
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The Velvets are my fave band after the Beatles, Lou's Transformer Album is still a great album, the Velvets well I tend to like Loaded and The first and third Album

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Excellent choice! Lou Reed and the Underground are amazing... I'm a huge fan of both and always have been. I don't have any stories except for the fact that I saw Lou Reed twice... once at The Roxy in the late '70s and once at the Universal Amphitheater in 1989 (?) in support of his flawless New York album. (If you want to know what it was like to be a young person who wasn't into big hair and neon spandex during the '80s, listen to that album! It spells out what life was like for those of us in the non-Duran Duran crowd.)
Thank you very much for this information, Maia. The "big hair and neon spandex" part made me chuckle.

Cheers also to David and Snoopy!

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Well, I recently heard a song on the radio and thought it sounded interesting. I 'Googled' the lyrics and, hey presto, up it came:

The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs

"Shiny, shiny - shiny boots of leather..."

Jockey fetishes (and anything else your minds will dare to conjure) aside, I like the ways in which the viola intensifies the already intense atmosphere on this song and fell "head over boots" in love with the mysterious, seductive vocals.

I was very surprised to see the date that it was recorded. I thought it was a modern recording - it sounds so fresh! It's great that it's a sixties song... a real classic, like so many others from this golden decade.

Other songs that I have heard and liked since include: 'Pale Blue Eyes', 'What Goes On' 'Sunday Morning', 'Femme Fatale', 'I Heard Her Call My Name', 'Train Round The Bend' (... "she's going ONCE, she's going TWICE... ooOOH" (so catchy! ), and I've watched a HELL of HEAVENly Lou Reed live footage and concert clips - and, yes, I agree: 'Transformer' rocks!

I'll make a note to invest in the afore-mentioned albums and then go on from there. Thanks for all the thoughts / advice so far - I shall certainly dig this friggin' amazing stuff!

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The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs

"Shiny, shiny - shiny boots of leather..."
Aaahhh, I was obsessed with that song for a while... I believe it made an appearance on every mixed tape I made when I was in college! Another one from that album that I had a special fondness for was There She Goes Again... which, to me, was like the holy crossroads of the Velvets, Dylan, and the Fabs.
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RIP Lou Reed.


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I don't have much info but I am a fan! I am really interested in anything that has to do with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol. Check out http://warholstars.com I think that's it. Anyways, there is a lot of really cool stuff about Andy Warhol and all of his superstars like The Velvet Underground. That man really fascinates me. Also, (I'm getting off track here) if you Google it there are a few photos of John and Andy as well as John, Yoko, and Andy.

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