4 comments on “‘Play one more song like that and you’re fired’

  1. One of the amazing things about this LP was that it was actually recorded in 1966, but not released until almost 18th months later (the record company sat on it). In other words, it pre-dated ‘Sgt Pepper’, Pink Floyd’s debut and all those other recordings that are supposed to have radicalised rock, just as Warhol’s multimedia Exploding Plastic Inevitable ‘events’ pre-empted all those ‘happenings’ by around two years too. True innovators.

    Better ‘pop’ songs later in the career mind…!

  2. Wise words Davy: it may have had something to do with the fact that the Velvets didn’t have the commercial clout of, say, the Beatles. Moreover, if it hadn’t been for the fact that Warhol liked them, we may never have heard them at all.

  3. That’s a scary thought, you’re so right: Andy Warhol doesn’t ‘adopt’ The Velvet Underground; they play some low key, poorly attended NYC shows, fail to secure a record deal after rejection by all the majors and disband in acrimony after a disastrous tour of the Mid West. John Cale returns to avant garde classical music, Lou Reed to short story writing, but hooked on speed & heroin dies in poverty in 1971. *shiver*

  4. Cor, we could play this parlour game all night! If the Beatles hadn’t met Brian Epstein…if Led Zeppelin hadn’t met Peter Grant…if John Peel had never existed…if Anita Dobson hadn’t met some wanker in a mullet…etc etc.

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