Taste the whip. Captured in January 1972, a year and half following Lou Reed’s hard exit from the Velvet Underground, we find ourselves at Le Bataclan theatre, Paris, France. The occasion marked a semi-impromptu reunion of the former VU bandmates. For a night, anyway.
Here’s our own reimagining of The Velvet Underground & Nico, featuring obscure takes on the VU, spanning from the 1960s to the 1990s. Some of these renditions are fairly faithful to the source, while others are decidedly irreverent, finding some truly weirdo approaches to these very sturdy songs. Synth-pop, goth, glam, industrial, grunge, garage … it’s all here, and more.
Broadcast’s cover of Nico’s “Sixty Forty,” taken from their final Peel Session recorded in July 2003, finds the group exploring the perfect middle ground between the (then about to be released) cracked pagan kaleidoscope of Haha Sound and their next move, the searing minimalist cut-up Tender Buttons.
“This is a song about copping drugs in New York…” Taste the whip. Captured in January 1972, a year and half following Lou Reed’s hard exit from the Velvet Underground, […]
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