Album artwork for Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground

We here at Rough Trade would argue anyone to the ground who say there is a cooler, more iconic 1960s album than the Velvet Underground's self-titled release. When the Velvets recorded this debut, they were best known as the protégées of Andy Warhol (who designed the sleeve), and as a grating, combustive live band.

Fuelled by drummer Moe Tucker's no-nonsense wham and John Cale's howling viola, some of the straight-up rock and roll and arty noise extravaganzas here bear that out. But before Lou Reed was singing about sadomasochism and drug deals and writing lyrics inspired by his favourite poets, he was a pop songwriter, and this album has some of his prettiest tunes, mostly sung by Nico, the German dark angel who left the band after this album.

Even the sordid rockers are underscored by graceful pop tricks, like the two-chord flutter at the center of the classic 'Heroin'. Truly essential listening.

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Released 19/01/2021Catalogue Number

3717108

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Released 30/07/2015Catalogue Number

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The Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground and Nico

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Album artwork for Album artwork for Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground by Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground
Album artwork for Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground
LP

£21.99

Released 19/01/2021Catalogue Number

3717108

Album artwork for Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground
CD

£6.99

Released 30/07/2015Catalogue Number

3715319

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

We here at Rough Trade would argue anyone to the ground who say there is a cooler, more iconic 1960s album than the Velvet Underground's self-titled release. When the Velvets recorded this debut, they were best known as the protégées of Andy Warhol (who designed the sleeve), and as a grating, combustive live band.

Fuelled by drummer Moe Tucker's no-nonsense wham and John Cale's howling viola, some of the straight-up rock and roll and arty noise extravaganzas here bear that out. But before Lou Reed was singing about sadomasochism and drug deals and writing lyrics inspired by his favourite poets, he was a pop songwriter, and this album has some of his prettiest tunes, mostly sung by Nico, the German dark angel who left the band after this album.

Even the sordid rockers are underscored by graceful pop tricks, like the two-chord flutter at the center of the classic 'Heroin'. Truly essential listening.