The Velvet Underground

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Intro

The Velvet Underground, an inspiration to so many other artists, including a lot of the Punk artists, also a large amount of the Indie scene would credit them as an influence as well.

Info

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.

The provocative subject matter and often nihilistic attitudes explored in their music, proved influential in the development of Punk, Rock, Indie, Gothic, and pretty much, all alternative music.

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.

Albums List

1) The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

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2) White Light/White Heat (1968)

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3) The Velvet Underground (1969)

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4) Loaded (1970)

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5) Squeeze (1973)

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Live Albums List

  1. 1972 - Live at Max's Kansas City
  2. 1974 - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
  3. 1993 - Live MCMXCIII
  4. 2001 - Final V.U. 1971–1973
  5. 2001 - The Quine Tapes

Legendary Line Ups

Year Band Recordings
Vocals,
guitar
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)
  Vocals, guitar Bass Guitar Drums  
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

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