Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs

It’s been said many times that the Velvet Underground didn’t sell too many records in their day (late 1960s), but that everyone that did hear them started a band.

It came as a surprise during the 2008 US presidential elections that drummer Maureen “Moe” Tucker was participating at Tea Party rallies:

Yet, the “Velvets” were the dead roses of the flower power era, singing about drug abuse and sexual deviancy [probably, one doesn’t say deviance anymore, that being judgmental]. They were never hippies, and that one of their members is/became politically conservative, makes some kind of strange sense in terms of being on the vanguard.

The song here, Venus in Furs, references sadomasochism, bondage and submission, and is from the band’s first album, The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967). It is famous for having its cover designed by Andy Warhol. The pop artist often had the Velvets perform at his shows.

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