The Velvet Underground (and after): Growing Up in Public
Episode date - November 17, 2023
Lou Reed’s choice for an album title was quite apt for the times. Reed had been incredibly antagonistic for most of his career, and his confrontational manner made him seem both fearsome and unpredictable.
Parts of his legacy surely must have embarrassed him to some extent, and now that he was ‘going straight’ and getting married, it was time to face down his reputation and start anew. At approximately the same time, John Cale was pulling himself together and releasing new album projects. It felt as though the two men decided to realign their legacies and look forward rather than reflecting on their past.
Featured tracks include:
Mercenaries (Ready for War) – John Cale
Evidence – John Cale
My Old Man – Lou Reed
Keep Away – Lou Reed
So Alone – Lou Reed
The Power of Positive Drinking – Lou Reed
Dead or Alive – John Cale
Riverbank – John Cale
Chorale – John Cale
Channel 154 - The Velvet Underground
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