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1964 in New York, NY


Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '90s

The Velvet Underground


Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group's lot to be ahead of, or at least out of step with, their time. The mid- to late '60s was an era of explosive growth and experimentation in rock, but the Velvets' innovations — which blended the energy of rock with the sonic adventurism of the avant-garde, and introduced a new degree of social realism and sexual kinkiness into rock lyrics — were too abrasive for the mainstream to handle. During their time, the group experienced little commercial success; though they were hugely appreciated by a cult audience and some critics, the larger public treated them with indifference or, occasionally, scorn. The Velvets' music was too important to languish in obscurity, though; their cult only grew larger and larger in the years following their demise, and continued to mushroom through the years. By the 1980s, they were acknowledged not just as one of the most important rock bands of the '60s, but one of the best of all time, and one whose immense significance cannot be measured by their relatively modest sales.

Top Albums

Squeeze - Remastered, The Velvet Underground
1. Squeeze - Re..
Loaded, The Velvet Underground
2. Loaded
White Light / White Heat, The Velvet Underground
3. White Light ..
1969 - Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Vol. 1, Lou Reed
4. 1969 - Velve..
The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
5. The Velvet U..
The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary (Remastered), The Velvet Underground
6. The Velvet U..
The Very Best of the Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
7. The Very Bes..
Vu, The Velvet Underground
8. Vu
Gold: The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
9. Gold: The Ve..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
10. 20th Century..
Loaded: The Fully Loaded Edition, The Velvet Underground
11. Loaded: The ..
Velvet Underground Live, Vol.2, The Velvet Underground
12. Velvet Under..
Live At Max's Kansas City, The Velvet Underground
13. Live At Max'..
White Light / White Heat (Deluxe Version) [45th Anniversary], The Velvet Underground
14. White Light ..
Bootleg Series Vol. 1 - The Quine Tapes (Box Set  Live), The Velvet Underground
15. Bootleg Seri..
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Rarities Edition), The Velvet Underground
16. The Velvet U..
Another View, The Velvet Underground
17. Another View
The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition), The Velvet Underground
18. The Velvet U..
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition), The Velvet Underground
19. The Velvet U..
MCMXCIII (Live), The Velvet Underground
20. MCMXCIII (Li..

Top Songs

Sweet JaneLoaded4:09$0.69
Pale Blue EyesVelvet Underground5:38$0.99
Rock and RollLoaded4:45$1.29
Heroin (Stereo Version)Velvet Underground & Ni..7:13$1.29
I'm Waiting for the Man (Stereo ..Velvet Underground & Ni..4:39$1.29
Sunday Morning (Stereo Version)Velvet Underground & Ni..2:55$1.29
Sweet Jane1969 - Velvet Underground L..4:04$1.29
Venus in Furs (Stereo Version)Velvet Underground & Ni..5:12$1.29
Who Loves the SunLoaded2:45$0.99
HeroinGold: The Velvet Undergroun..7:12$1.29
Heroin1969 - Velvet Underground L..8:14$1.29
After HoursVelvet Underground2:07$0.99
What Goes OnVelvet Underground4:52$0.99
I Found a ReasonLoaded4:17$0.99
Rock 'n Roll1969 - Velvet Underground L..6:08$0.99
Candy SaysVelvet Underground4:01$0.99
Rock and RollVery Best of the Velvet Und..4:49$1.29
Sunday MorningGold: The Velvet Undergroun..2:56$1.29
I'm Waiting for the Man1969 - Velvet Underground L..7:06$0.99
Venus in FursPeel Slowly and See (Box Se..5:12$1.29
I'm Sticking With YouVu2:26$1.29
Here She Comes NowWhite Light / White Heat2:02$0.99
White Light / White HeatWhite Light / White Heat2:44$0.99
Coyote (Live)MCMXCIII (Live)5:25$0.99
Pale Blue Eyes (Live)MCMXCIII (Live)6:14$0.99

Top Music Videos

Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground
1. Sweet Jane


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