The Velvet Underground


The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground (The Velvets, The V.U.) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known alumni are Lou Reed and John Cale. Was formed in 1964 in New York, NY, USA.

Although never commercially successful, The Velvet Underground remains one of the most influential bands of their time: a famous remark, often attributed to Brian Eno, is that while only a few thousand people bought a Velvet Underground record upon their initial release, almost every single one of them was inspired to start a band. The Velvet Underground's massive influence and the cult following that has outlasted the group's original existence.

The Velvet Underground was one of the first rock music groups to experiment heavily with the form by incorporating avant-garde influences. The group's often raw, sometimes difficult sound would influence many later punk, noise rock, and alternative music performers, and singer Lou Reed's lyrics brought new levels of social realism and sleaze to rock. Critics Scott Isler and Ira Robbins argue that "The Velvet Underground marked a turning point in rock history. After the release of The Velvet Underground and Nico, knowing the power of which it was capable, the music could never be as innocent, as unselfconscious as before."

Lou Reed - guitar, vocals

John Cale - bass, viola, vocals (until 1968)

Maureen Tucker - drums, vocals

Sterling Morrison - guitar, bass, vocals

Doug Yule - bass, keyboards, lead vocals (since 1968)

Nico - vocals (until 1967)

Willie "Loco" Alexander


Average album rating 1967 The Velvet Underground & Nico  
Average album rating 1968 White Light/White Heat  
Average album rating 1969 The Velvet Underground  
Average album rating 1970 Loaded  
Average album rating 1972 Live at Max's Kansas City  Live
Average album rating 1973 Squeeze  
Average album rating 1974 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1  
Average album rating 1974 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 2  
Average album rating 1985 VU  
Average album rating 1986 Another View  
Average album rating 1989 The Best of the Velvet Underground  Compilation