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Three times a week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. Today, The Velvet Underground with "I'm Waiting For The Man".
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Here’s the story of a record about drugs, prostitution and weird sex that was made by Andy Warhol, was inspired by the denizens of his Factory, William S. Burroughs and the Fluxus art movement, was released, ignored, thrown in the garbage, dug out by a guy from Montreal and sold on eBay for $25,000.
Andy Warhol, put up the money and gave the freedom to a band called The Velvet Underground to release their first album. The songs were written by Lou Reed. He studied English at Syracuse University and loved the works of writers like William S. Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr. He thought that combining the gritty subject matter of that kind of literature with rock and roll was an “obvious” thing to do.
The experimental sound of the album was conceived by John Cale who was influenced by experimental musicians like La Monte Young, John Cage and the early Fluxus movement. He and Lou Reed hacked their instruments and invented strange new tunings.
Andy Warhol designed the artwork for the album and, acting as the band’s manager, began to seek a record deal for the outfit.
He was rejected by one label after another. After a long delay, the album was finally picked up by legendary jazz label Verve: home of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Of all companies! But Verve barely supported the album at all. It was also banned from almost every radio station and record stores. Magazines wouldn’t even run advertisements for the album. It was just too strange and dark for most tastes in 1967.
The original demo of the album that had been pressed to vinyl was discarded and was lost and forgotten about until 2002 when a record collector from Montreal named Warren Hill found it at a flea market and bought it for 75 cents. By that time, history had shed new light on the album. Critics now hail it as a masterpiece. Spin Magazine put it on their very short list of the most influential albums of all time and Rolling Stonenamed it the most prophetic album ever made. When Warren Hill listed the album on eBay in 2006, it sold for a whopping $25,000.
Here’s one of the songs that people ignored, hated or ran away from, screaming, in 1967, but that is now regarded as a revolutionary classic. The story of a drug score called “I’m Waiting for the Man” by Velvet Underground.
Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:
Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"
Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"
Big Star "September Gurls"
The Hollies "Bus Stop"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"
Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"
Dolly Parton "Jolene"
The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"
Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"
James Taylor "Fire And Rain"
The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"
Radiohead "Paranoid Android"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"
Cheap Trick "Surrender"
Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"
Beach Boys "Sloop John B"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"
Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"
George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"
The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Rolling Stones 'Miss You'
The Coasters 'Run Red Run'
Elvis Costello, 'Alison'
James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'
Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'
Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'
Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'
Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'
Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'
Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'
CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'
Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'
Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'
Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'
Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'
Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'
Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'
Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'
Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'
Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'
Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'
The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'
Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'
R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'
Radiohead, 'No Surprises'
Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'
Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'
John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'
Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'