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Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or The V.U.) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known alumni are Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although never commercially successful, The Velvet Underground remains one of the most influential bands of their time: a famous remark, often attributed to Brian Eno, is that while only a few thousand people bought a Velvet Underground record upon their initial release, almost every single one of them was inspired to start a band. This is obviously an exaggeration, but the statement does demonstrate The Velvet Underground's massive influence and the cult following that has outlasted the group's original existence.

The Velvet Underground was one of the first rock music groups to experiment heavily with the form by incorporating avant-garde influences. The group's often raw, sometimes difficult sound would influence many later punk, noise rock, and alternative music performers, and singer Lou Reed's lyrics brought new levels of social realism and sleaze to rock. Critics Scott Isler and Ira Robbins argue that "The Velvet Underground marked a turning point in ro...
origin New York City
years active 1965–1973; 1992–1994 (reunion)
status Dissolved
country United States
music genre Experimental rock, art rock, protopunk
current members Willie Alexander
John Cale
Angus Maclise
Sterling Morrison
Walter Powers
Lou Reed
Maureen Tucker
Doug Yule

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Velvet Underground

1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1

1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 2

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Velvet Underground

An Introduction to the Velvet Underground

Best 1200

Best of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground

Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes

Chronicles

Classic Velvet Underground: The Universal Masters Collection

Final V.U., 1971-1973

Gold

Live 1969

Live at Max's Kansas City

Live MCMXCIII

Loaded

Loaded (2-CD Fully Loaded Edition)

Peel Slowly and See

Playlist Plus

The Best of the Velvet Underground

The Best of the Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground & Nico (180 Gram Vinyl)

The Velvet Underground (180 Gram Vinyl)

The Very Best of the Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground & Nico

Velvet Underground & Nico/Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground / Nico [Limited Edition Peelable Banana Cover Art]

Velvet Underground Story

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