Friday, 29 February 2008
Yer Rock & Roll 5
Now I do do requests - up to a point - and promised that everyone in the blogger participation exercise would have prizes, so here is the Velvet Underground.
Jarvis Cocker once posed the question as to why Lou Reed was 'a bit of a turd' as he put it. He answered his question with another one. 'What happens if you create the best rock and roll band in the world and nobody takes any notice?' In their original manifestation the Velvets - I think - never played to an audience of more than 200. They broke up. The rest is history. Some years ago the lure of mammon got irresistible and they re-formed for a reunion tour. Musically, results were mixed, to say the least. The first clip is 'Sweet Jane' from the reunion tour which kinda works - it is one of my all time fave songs and definitely one of the eight for the desert island when I get the call.
The second clip is 'waiting for the man' from the Velvets' original manifestation. It's a song about being messed about by your drug dealer. Can't get the staff these days...