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Old 02-25-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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White Light/White Heat...forever a guilty pleasure



VU & Nico gets all the credit, but this may just be my favorite Velvet Underground record.

OK, so it sounds like absolute garbage. It was obviously recorded on a voice recorder (or something akin to it) and yes, it's only 6 songs long, so it doesn't have as much variety as their other albums, but it flows like a dream, and sounds like nothing else.

White Light/White Heat - A bluesy brawl of a track. What other songs were as openly positive about drugs back in '68? Amazing guitar assault at the end.

The Gift - People say it gets less interesting each time, but I still love it years later. Love the characters, and the ending is a not-so-pleasant surprise that remains amusing. John Cale's accent FTMFW.

Lady Godiva's Operation - Creepy stuff. It scared the shit out of me the first time I heard it. Now, it's just a surreal rocker about an unpleasant topic. The ending is still very disturbing to me to this day. "THE HEAD WON'T MOOOOOOOOOOVE"

Here She Comes Now - One of my all-time favorite authentic pop songs from any artist, ever. It sounds so fragile, and has a great atmosphere. Still play this one on guitar when I get bored.

I Heard Her Call My Name - My least favorite, but undoubtedly influential. Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, Wilco...none of them would be what they are today without that guitar solo. It was one of the first examples of guitar insanity caught on record.

Sister Ray - It's amazing that this was done in a single take. The lyrics are hilarious, and I love how it sounds as if the instruments are trying to kill each other. Highlight? That organ. Coolest sounding thing ever. The song keeps my interest throughout, but I wouldn't complain if it was cut to a lean 11 minutes or so, versus the current 18.

Overall, incredibly influential, but generally overlooked by many modern listeners. Probably the best thing the band recorded, IMO, though I can see why many others would hate it with a passion.
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GUILTY pleasure? this is, as you've pointed out, an extremely influencial record. and it was recorded in just 2 days!

it's not my favourite VU record by any means, but I don't think of VU as a guilty pleasure in any way. And it's certainly not accessible to the general public.

I'm glad you dig it. More people your age (not that you're much younger than me, so people my age too for sure...) should appreciate it. I came to love VU through my dad 'cause they're his favourite band...the first song I learned to play on guitar was What Goes On
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GUILTY pleasure?
Guilty because it's such an incredibly shameless record. And I mean that in the best way possible.
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One of my five favorite records of all time, and easily the most influential single album of the rock era.
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Also, this is kind of HUGE.

http://sendmedeadflowers.com/
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Also, this is kind of HUGE.

http://sendmedeadflowers.com/
Thanks for that.
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Uh, bump...? Where the shit is the love, people? This is a U2 forum--aren't we all supposed to be obsessed with The Velvet Underground, name-dropping them for 20 continuous years, relevancy be damned?
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