🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Velvet Underground

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Here’s the table after Bright Eyes

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Public Enemy 4.08
Pulp 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Bright Eyes 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Basement Jaxx 2.75
The Jam 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

And today, The Velvet Underground

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  • The Velvet Underground & Nico
  • White Light/White Heat
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Loaded
  • Squeeze

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From the best of…

  • Sweet Jane
  • I’m Sticking With You
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
  • What Goes On
  • White Light / White Heat
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • Pale Blue Eyes
  • Femme Fatale
  • Heroin
  • Here She Comes Now
  • Stephanie Says
  • Venus in Furs
  • Beginning To See The Light
  • I Heard Her Call My Name
  • Some Kinda Love
  • I Can’t Stand It
  • Sunday Morning
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll

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After the 100th thread (which will be a week on Wednesday I think) I’m going to ask people to submit their top 20 from the list in order so 20pts for your favourite, 19 for your second down to 1pt, then I’ll do a thread with the results and we’ll see if we really are all rabid Aretha fans.


I’ve picked heroin purely cause I can remember the “whoa” when hearing it for the first time but that’s one hell of a section of tunes innit


It’s a 5 from me. …& Nico and the self titled album are two of my most played records ever since I first heard them aged about 15. Imagine they were utterly thrilling if you were that age when they first emerged. Pale Blue Eyes is the most perfect, bittersweet love song of all time and it’s probably in my top 5 out of all the songs.


Never knowingly heard a song by them

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Would you like to?

4/5 - like them but hardly ever listen to them. Prefer John Cale’s solo stuff.

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No burning desire to really, if I’m honest.


Tons of tunes and easily the coolest 60s band to me


The highs are very high indeed but there’s a lot of shit scattered amongst

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Always assumed they were over-revered arty wank. Then got hold of the self-titled after hearing pale blue eyes in Adventureland I think and the run of the first 7 songs on that is the strongest of any album I own, I reckon. Finishing on ‘I’m set free’ - what a song. The rest of their albums have unbelievable songs too but that first foray will forever mean that the self-titled is my personal favourite.


Loaded is one of my favourite albums by anyone, has to be a five.


Perfect 4 album discography as Squeeze really shouldn’t exist.

Most important band of my formative years. Heard Heroin on a soundtrack album when I was about 15 and it absolutely changed music for me.


Probably a 4.25/5 but I’m feeling generous this morning, so bumping up to 5/5.

One of the most influential bands on my taste in music. My 17yo self was in love with VU&N. Weirdly, don’t listen to them very often now though.


Clear 5.

None of their albums are perfect, but every moment of music they recorded (leaving aside Squeeze, which is an irrelevance) is challenging, fascinating and important. They are definitely amongst the five or six most influential bands in musical history and it is impossible to imagine alternative music without them.

Listening to their music now what is striking - along with how well it holds up - is the breadth of what they did. When you think of them you tend to think of the more extreme, experimental elements, but in fact their albums contain elements of almost every aspect of rock music. They did drone and noise and feedback, but also limpid, beautiful pop music, delicately moving ballads, straight-up stomping rock music and weird spoken word art pieces. Not everything they did worked but that is because they tried so much. They were never, ever boring.


like with the pixies listened to them so much as a teenager that I haven’t really felt the need to go back since
one of the best rock bands ever tho. was never that fussed by Loaded but all of the first 3 records have been my favourite at one point

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Might listen to them today and form an opinion. Have definitely heard VU & N but it was ages ago now.

God they look like fucking pricks there don’t they, oooh cool sunglasses bro! Responsible for the toxic notion of cult bands being cool as well. Still can’t deny they had some good tunes so it’s a begrudging 3/5

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