2 December 2020
Last night The National ringmaster MATT BERNINGER performed live
on the American TV show Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Instead of picking
one of his songs from his recent solo debut LP Serpent Prison he went
for a cover of the Velvet Underground classic I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN,
written and sung by the late glorious Lou Reed.
Bernigner‘s rendition sounds rather happy.
In any case not as haunting as the VU version.
Judge for yourself here…
MATT BERNIGNER: Facebook
15 November 2020
Band: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Album: LOADED – their 4th LP
Released: 15 November 1970 – 50 years ago today
AllMusic wrote: “VU signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970. Label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album “loaded with hits.” Loaded was the result, and with appropriate
irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio.” Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: The LP is filled with easy-listening pop songs, with a lot of typical, familiar 60s harmonies à la The Mamas and The Papas and The Beach Boys – sounds like VU had fun, although Lou Reed left before its release. Despite the LP’s sweet accessibility it failed to be a hit. Anyway, I love this album. It’s even the VU longplayer I played the most
over the years. Perfect pop-ular record.
Lou Reed: “I don’t mind a repetitive chorus, I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it’s the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?”
Key tracks: Who Loves The Sun / Sweet Jane / Rock and Roll / I Found A Reason
(#1 – #10)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: All Albums
3 September 2020
London’s famous synth-pop act HOT CHIP are part of the Late Night Tales project.
A series of artist curated compilation albums. The mix features several artists with
Hot Chip including three original songs, and a cover.
For the cover they picked CANDY SAYS. A mesmeric song about a transsexual,
written by the late singer-songwriter icon LOU REED. It appeared on The Velvet Underground‘s third, self-titled LP released in 1969.
You can’t beat Reed‘s unique voice but Hot Chip‘s frontman Alexis Taylor does an
excellent job. His vox hasn’t that mysterious timbre of the rock ‘n’ toll animal but
his take is as moody and gripping as the original performance.
“Candy says I’ve come to hate my body
And all that it requires in this world
Candy says I’d like to know completely
What others so discretely talk about”
HOT CHIP: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
16 February 2020
Band: The Velvet Underground
Single: Sunday Morning
B-side: Femme Fatale
Released: November 1966
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico –
Debut LP – with the banana on the cover – released March 1967
Note 1: Lou Reed & John Cale wrote the song to be sung by Nico.
In the end, it was Reed who sang it, with backing vocals by Nico.
Note 2: The use of the celesta for the track was an idea of Cale
Note 3: The timeless song was about paranoia (suggested by Andy Warhol)
“Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you”
Here we go…
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Facebook
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Jukebox Magazine (France)
The best of the past…
Here are 5 Memorable Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 50 in 2020!
1. ‘Funhouse’ by THE STOOGES
2. ‘Loaded’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
3. ‘After The Gold Rush’ by NEIL YOUNG
4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND
5. ‘Moondance’ by VAN MORRISON
Great albums from the past…
28 February 2019
Band: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Album: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – the band’s third LP
Released: 1 March 1969 – 50 years ago
ROLLING STONE‘s legendary journalist LESTER BANGS wrote: “The songs on this album are about equally divided between the subjects of love and freedom. So many of them are about love, in fact, that one wonders if Lou Reed, the malevolent Burroughsian Death Dwarf who had previously never written a complimentary song about anybody, has not himself fallen in love… On the whole I didn’t feel that this album matched up to White Light/White Heat, but it will still go a long way toward convincing the unbelievers that the Velvet Underground can write and play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance.” Full review here.
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Not as experimental (John Cale had left in the fall of 1968) and controversial as their previous two LP’s but here’s solid proof that Lou Reed had a natural born ‘pop’ songwriting talent and was ready for his brilliant solo career. Top LP.
Album in full…
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Biography
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
Here come Five Masterpiece Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 50 next year!
– The Stooges by THE STOOGES –
– ‘The Velvet Underground’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND –
– ‘Let It Bleed’ by THE ROLLING STONES –
– ‘Trout Mask Replica’ by CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND –
– ‘Abbey Road‘ by THE BEATLES –