Forgive me gods of music but I had always ignored The Velvet Underground. I'd always thought they wouldn't be up my street since EVERYONE loves them and it just seemed like people felt obligated to like them rather than any genuine affection. God how wrong I was. In fact maybe I've phrased that wrong. It wasn't that I didn't think they'd be good, I mean the number of bands who cite them as influences is staggering, it's just I'd never made the time to get into them.
I bought The Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground (remastered) and I now feel a bit foolish. From 'Candy Says' through to 'I'm Set Free' the quality never lets up. The last three tracks are alright but those first seven - wow. I'm aware that this album perhaps isn't fully representative of their output so the question is where next? And what are your favourite Velvet Underground moments?