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[music, albums] January 4, 2003 at 7:13:52 PM CET
V: 1967 Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
1. Someone should have kicked Andy Warhol in the balls for letting Nico sing for Velvet Underground. It is not only that she couldn't sing, Lou can't sing neither. But he is cool whereas she was just a bore. Her vocal delivery is so devoid of any expression that it makes me want to run up the walls. Nowadays even computer voices are more passionate.
Watch out, the world‘s behind you, there’s always someone watching youis persectution mania described in nuce. The full lyrics of the album are here.
Here is the overview of the series 40 years, 40 albums of which part V was this post.
Fluxblog, January 5, 2003 at 11:23:20 PM CET
Re: V: 1967 Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
I have a lot of trouble with your assertion that the VU were the first 'exciting'band, or that they were the ones who put all the sex, drugs, and partying into rock music - I mean, the most obvious retort would be "The Rolling Stones", or even a lot of the obscure Nuggets-style garage and psychedelia of the time. And "excitement"? I'm of the opinion that there's a lot more excitement to be heard in Motown, Stax/Volt, and all the rest of the r+b of the 60s than anywhere in the VU catalog, not to mention the massive progress in jazz at the time, or that its extremely unfair to The Beatles to write them off as teenybopper music right off the back of Revolver.
It's also very presumptuous to assume that the VU's subject matter was what "really mattered" to a lot of people - the charm of the VU's lyrics was that it chronicled the lives of hipsters and people on the fringe, it was subject matter just off the beaten path, and I'm sure it was extremely exotic at the time. But so few people heard this album in 1967, that it even suggesting that it was a real alternative for most people at the time is something of a weak argument. It was a record about hipsters by hipsters for hipsters.
alex63, January 6, 2003 at 7:51:55 AM CET
Re: Re: V: 1967 Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
You are right Matthew, I probably generalized too much in that part of my post. My evaluation of VU is very subjective. The Rolling Stones did treat similar subjects but much less convincingly I find. In my personal view VU's music did age extremely well what can't be said about most music of the time. Instead of "exciting" I maybe should have used "modern". There is a tension and intensity in their music which I don't find anywhere else in the sixties. R+B is an obvious influence of VU which they melded with pop, noise and modern classical elements. There is something extremely distinctive and original about their music which makes it exciting to me.
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