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thingsfallapart

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2006, 11:02:00 pm »
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  Rock and Roll or I'm Sticking With You?  I really got into this band bigtime about 3 years ago when I got the box set.  I never have really gotten into White Light White Heat though.  Most people sat it is their best, but it doesn't do much for me...  Maybe it will click with me someday?
Keep plugging away.  It's definitely inaccessible, but once you get into it, it's well worth it.

bearman🐻

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2006, 12:50:00 am »
Am I the only one who listens to "Loaded" more than their other stuff? I love "Rock'n'Roll"...and "Oh Sweet Nuthin'" is just sublime.

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2006, 04:38:00 am »
i love all of them equally, except for squeeze, hahaha. i suppose i rank white light/white heat a tad higher just because i think every song on it -- and every minute of every song -- is just immaculate. i don't think "lady godiva's operation," "the gift," and "i heard her call my name" are given their proper credit. going back to the first one, i even love the completely abrasive guitar noodling of "european son."
 
 but you really can't go wrong with the self-titled third album -- which directly influenced such wonderful bands like galaxie 500, yo la tengo, the feelies, the clean, etc -- or loaded, which is full of anthems. "i found a reason" is another beautiful velvets song.
 
 they were the first band to successfully write catchy, simple pop songs while simultaneously exploring the physical properties of sound and making jarring avant-garde art with it.
 
 and lou reed and john cale both went on to make way better solo records than john lennon, paul mccartney, george harrison, pete townsend, or any member of the stones. cale, especially, should be noted for his spectacular run of albums from 1969-1979.

Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2006, 10:17:00 am »
"This is one of my most hated bands, because they promote bad lifestyle choices" ---my wife this morning.
 
 I once had a friend stop speaking to me because I told her I though the VU was overrated. We probably had other issues, but that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2006, 10:20:00 am »
Wait a minute, are you Al Gore?!

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2006, 10:35:00 am »
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Originally posted by bearman:
  Am I the only one who listens to "Loaded" more than their other stuff? I love "Rock'n'Roll"...and "Oh Sweet Nuthin'" is just sublime.
I'm with you on that one bearman.  Loaded's a great album.

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2006, 10:37:00 am »
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Originally posted by Weird Little Self Loathing Man:
  "This is one of my most hated bands, because they promote bad lifestyle choices" ---my wife this morning.
So that pretty much narrows her playlist down to whale songs and Zamfir.

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2006, 10:50:00 am »
But not Killer Whale songs, as they promote the needless slaughter of seals for sport.
 
 
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Originally posted by Weird Little Self Loathing Man:
  "This is one of my most hated bands, because they promote bad lifestyle choices" ---my wife this morning.
So that pretty much narrows her playlist down to whale songs and Zamfir. [/b]

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2006, 11:25:00 am »
If I HAD TO CHOOSE, and thank fucking god I don't; I'd go w/BookerT and say "I Heard Her Call My Name," in particular for that exact moment of guitar scree he mentioned.
 
 On the Velvets tip, I have a funny story about a recent experience DJing at the club. I spun for the two Black Keys/Black Angels shows a week or two ago.  I was not familiar w/the Black Angels, but w/that name, who wouldn't conjure up the Velvets? As it turns out, the only Velvets records I brought with me were WLWH & "Loaded." I didn't want to be too obvious, and play "Black Angels Death Song;" that would just be mean.
 
 So, I think I played something off of "Loaded" on Sunday night, something that wouldn't be too obvious. So, lo and behold, they do turn out to be one of the most blatantly Velvets inspired bands I've ever seen. Not bad, but a little too obvious, and just a tad not original enough. Also, too young ang cute, to let it pass.
 
 I'm in transition, and the bulk of my music collection is in storage, so even though I wanted to grab the first album, and play "Black Angel's Death Song," I didn't have the opportunity. I ended up playing "I Heard Her Call My Name," like two songs into the night. Well, damned if their soundman doesn't show up in the DJ booth within ten minutes, asking what that really cool song I played was! He didn't even recognize the Velvet Underground! I'm sorry, but that was just too funny. But I will give him credit for recognizing the genius.
 
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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2006, 01:01:00 pm »
Yes, far too violent.
 
 
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  But not Killer Whale songs, as they promote the needless slaughter of seals for sport.

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2006, 01:16:00 pm »
I have always been a big fan of "The Murder Mystery"

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2006, 10:41:00 pm »
i just realized that i have a cover of "sister ray" done by joy division ... it's on their odds-and-sodds comp "still" and it's not really that good
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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2006, 11:04:00 pm »
When you say "Killer Whales" do you mean they wailed on him until they killed him down in Penetration Park?
 
 
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Originally posted by nkotb:
  But not Killer Whale songs, as they promote the needless slaughter of seals for sport.
 
   
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Originally posted by Weird Little Self Loathing Man:
  "This is one of my most hated bands, because they promote bad lifestyle choices" ---my wife this morning.
So that pretty much narrows her playlist down to whale songs and Zamfir. [/b]
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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2006, 11:19:00 pm »
blah blah blah what most people said above blah blah.
 
 But my favorite is Lady Godiva..

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Re: Best Velvet Underground Song?
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2006, 02:12:00 am »
Here She Comes Now and There She Goes Again are worth mentioning.