White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day by Richie UnterbergerBy turns fiercely confrontational, literate, primitive and sweetly melodic, The Velvet Underground remain one of the most influential bands in the history of rock. The ultimate cult band and the ultimate art rock experience, the VUs music and style have served as a blueprint for everyone from David Bowie to The Jesus And Mary Chain. Yet for all their enduring importance, they were unsuccessful in their day, selling minute numbers of records, their monochrome look and photo-realist lyrics at odds with the garish colours and peace fantasies of the hippy era. It was only when David Bowie started to champion the band in the early 70s, after they had split up, that the VUs reputation started to spread. In White Light/White Heat, noted rock writer and historian Richie Unterberger analyses the bands career and influence in forensic detail, drawing on many new interviews with band members and associates, previously undiscovered archive sources and a vast knowledge of the music of the times. The result is a comprehensive, articulate, immensely detailed history, the most thorough work on the band yet published.
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Contact General Enquiries: crack crackmagazine. Information Jobs Advertising Terms of service. Words by: Thomas Hobbs. In a later interview, guitarist Sterling Morrison would admit that he quit the band for a few days after feeling that I Heard Her Call My Name had been ruined by the roughness of the mix. But this act of self-mutilation was completely intentional by Reed and Cale, with producer Tom Wilson and engineer Gary Kellgren instructed to create uncomfortable levels of distortion.
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Mark Lanegan. One, two, three. White heat Oh, white heat, it take me deep down to my toe White light Lord, have mercy while that goodness, no. White light I like going, listen up my mind, White light, Oh, white light is gonna drive me insane. White heat Oh, white light is taking me down to my toe, White light, Oh, white light, I said, no, goodness, no. Uuuu, white heat Come upside, baby, I can make it better down the street.
First active from to , their best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the s. An often-repeated statement, made by Brian Eno in a interview, is that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30, copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30, copies started a band. Forgot your password? Retrieve it. Get promoted.
When the Velvet Underground's second album descended on the world in January, , nobody was ready for it. As the story goes, it was a relentless, screeching, thudding, scoffing assault on the pop sensibilities of its time. When the Velvet Underground 's second album descended on the world in January, , nobody was ready for it. The Velvet Underground and Nico , the year before, had had Andy Warhol's imprimatur to promise that its passages of bleeding-raw chaos were art; it had also had the complicated but unmistakable beauty of the songs Nico sang as a lifeline for the tiny mainstream audience that caught on to it at the time. By the time they released it, the Velvets were downplaying the art-world connection despite the very arty slash in the album's title, and the fact that its black-on-black sleeve was designed by the Factory's Billy Name.