The Velvet Underground
Essentially, The Velvet Underground was a Rock band, who were active between 1964 and 1973, they formed out of New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale, and definitely added to the "rule book" of what an Alternative band should be.
They undeservedly achieved little commercial success during their career, but are now thought of as one of the most important and influential musical groups in history.
For a brief period of time, they were managed by Andy Warhol, and served as the house band at the Silver Factory and Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from '66 to '67.
In 1967, their debut album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" featured the German vocalist and collaborator Nico, it was referred to as the "most prophetic rock album ever made" by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
In 1982 Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."
The Velvet Underground were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by Patti Smith.
1) The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
2) White Light/White Heat (1968)
3) The Velvet Underground (1969)
4) Loaded (1970)
5) Squeeze (1973)
Live Albums List
- 1972 - Live at Max's Kansas City
- 1974 - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
- 1993 - Live MCMXCIII
- 2001 - Final V.U. 1971–1973
- 2001 - The Quine Tapes
Legendary Line Ups
|Bass, keyboards, viola, vocals||Guitar, bass, backing vocals||Percussion|
|April–November 1965||Lou Reed||John Cale||Sterling Morrison||Angus MacLise||Disc 1 of Peel Slowly and See (1995; minus MacLise)|
|December 1965–September 1968||Lou Reed||John Cale||Sterling Morrison||Maureen Tucker||The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), White Light/White Heat (1968), two tracks on VU (1985), three tracks on Another View (1986), discs 2–3 of Peel Slowly and See (1995)|
|Vocals, guitar||Bass, keyboards, vocals||Guitar, backing vocals||Percussion|
|September 1968–August 1970||Lou Reed||Doug Yule||Sterling Morrison||Maureen Tucker||The Velvet Underground (1969), Loaded (1970; minus Tucker), Live at Max's Kansas City (1972; minus Tucker), 1969: The Velvet Underground Live (1974), eight tracks on VU (1985), six tracks on Another View (1986), discs 4–5 of Peel Slowly and See (1995), Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes (2001)|
|November 1970–August 1971||Doug Yule||Walter Powers||Sterling Morrison||Maureen Tucker||Studio demo of two songs, "She'll Make You Cry" and "Friends" (as yet unreleased)|
|Vocals, guitar||Bass||Keyboards, vocals||Drums|
|October 1971–December 1971||Doug Yule||Walter Powers||Willie Alexander||Maureen Tucker||Discs 1–2 and part of disc 4 of Final V.U. 1971-1973 (2001)|
|Vocals, various instruments|
|January 1972–February 1973||Doug Yule||---||---||---||Squeeze (1973), discs 3–4 of Final V.U. (2001; both with hired hands)|
|Vocals, guitar||Bass, keyboards, viola, vocals||Guitar, bass, backing vocals||Percussion|
|June 1990; November 1992–July 1993||Lou Reed||John Cale||Sterling Morrison||Maureen Tucker||Live MCMXCIII (1993)|
|1996||Lou Reed||John Cale||Maureen Tucker||Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony|
|2009||Lou Reed||Doug Yule||Maureen Tucker||Group interview at the New York Public Library|