25 12 2008


I discovered the Velvet Underground in the late 1960s when I was living in New York, a shy Southern boy hopelessly out of place in the cold North at the time when Southerners were most scorned, due to our protofascistic leaders’ vicious opposition to the civil right movement.

A shy boy, alone and growing increasingly depressed, I was headed for total dysfunction. I was saved by the return to New York of one of my best friends, Jim Ash, to whom I will always be grateful.

This barbaric yawp is the most memorable song on the Velvets’ first and best album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967), but every song on it is great except one. The tunes are memorable. The lyrics are extreme. The range of moods is amazing.

Try “There She Goes Again”:


Or how about “Run Run Run”?


And, for you fans of beautiful tall blonde girls with hypnotic low voices, how about Nico’s emotional droolfest for the lonely guy:



More can be learned about The Velvet Underground on Wikipedia. They’ve influenced lots of musicians.




2 responses

26 12 2008

Now it’s more acceptable to be from the South because the protofascists have increased their power to the national level, due to the fact that the North has quite as large a proportion of protofascists.

26 12 2008

Mr. MagiMysteryTour, you have an amazing propensity to be correct.
Who could have guessed that the Pox of the South would spread and infect the whole nation?
Note, though, that we are now just beginning to pass out of the shadow of the generation that grew up under Reagan and were forever set in a right wing mold by his avuncular brand of bullshit.
I have hope.

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