Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Velvet Underground: Under Review

This popcorn and cotton candy documentary doesn't do much, but it's still a fun little romp through the Velvet Underground's discography. Key players John Cale and Lou Reed do not appear for interviews; these are left to others like drummer Mo Tucker and later addition Doug Yule.

Like time spent with an old friend, it's worth watching The Velvet Underground: Under Review (2006) if you dig the Velvets. Hard to determine who directed this, part of a British series.

Some of the great Velvet Underground tracks:

I'm Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale
Venus in Furs
All Tomorrow's Parties
There She Goes Again
I'll Be Your Mirror
White Light/White Heat
Sister Ray
What Goes On
Some Kinda Love
Beginning to See the Light
That's the Story of My Life
Sweet Jane
Rock & Roll

What am I missing here? John Cale gave the band its initially dark, super-cool sound, and Lou Reed's lyrics tend to stick in the memory. I often think of Reed phrasing. Two lines in particular:

I could sleep for a thousand years (Venus in Furs)


Aren't you glad you're married?  (Kill Your Sons)

Today's Rune: Wholeness.  


Luma Rosa said...

I love Lou Reed! I have not seen the documentary, but I had no chance yet.

Erik, I come to you an invitation!

Today happens to the 3rd Edition of BookCrossing Blogger and this post I the call. I would greatly appreciate your presence.

The kick is given to blogging and you can join whenever you want! In the blog explain why the call was to the last minute.

Good week!

Charles Gramlich said...

Did they do the song called "Heroin?" I like that one a lot.

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks for the comments~~! Cheers ~~! Book give away, for sure. Charles, yes, that's one of theirs.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I like the Cowboy Junkies version of "Sweet Jane." I think it appears in the movie "Natural Born Killers" as well.