Who: The Velvet Underground & Nico
When: March 12, 1967
Listen for: Jangly guitars, general Lou Reed steez, Nico’s chanteuse-ing, references to The Factory
Song you probably would’ve heard without ever having listened to the album: Sunday Morning
Song that will stick in your head: Run Run Run
Follow up with: White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, Transformer by Lou Reed
I’ve decided to start a new series here where I introduce some of my favourite albums and how they came to be. First up is the self-titled debut album from The Velvet Underground & Nico. To be completely honest, as a kid who grew up on a diet of Pop Art, I was familiar with the album artwork long before I realised who The Velvet Underground were. I didn’t listen to this album until my teens and I did so after being introduced to bands like The Strokes, who listed The Velvet Underground as influences. So when I finally did get around to investigating The Velvet Underground I was like “oh hey, you guys”. Needless to say I was instantly sucked in by the broody vocals and raw rock’n’roll vibes. Also, having been “produced” by Andy Warhol, it was like my Pop Art education had come full circle.