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    In my opinion, only the live album is listenable.

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    The debut is one of my Top 10 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the #1 Debut Album of All Time. White Light/White Heat is also great. Velvet Underground and Loaded are lesser, IMHO; both have three or four great songs, but they're not spectacular, nor revolutionary. I like Lou Reed's 1970s solo stuff better than those two albums. John Cale's solo stuff also varies, but was quite brilliant at times.
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    I've always thought that the Velvet Underground was one of those bands that lots of people liked because they felt like it's a band they should like. I know they're supposed to be influential and seminal and all those good rock critic words, but frankly I'd rather listen to a jackhammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I've always thought that the Velvet Underground was one of those bands that lots of people liked because they felt like it's a band they should like. I know they're supposed to be influential and seminal and all those good rock critic words, but frankly I'd rather listen to a jackhammer.
    I actually think that they were an excellent band. They wrote about 30 amazingly great songs in five years. Being influential is great, but the reason they were influential was they were truly great for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I've always thought that the Velvet Underground was one of those bands that lots of people liked because they felt like it's a band they should like. I know they're supposed to be influential and seminal and all those good rock critic words, but frankly I'd rather listen to a jackhammer.
    I have to agree with you - aside from a few songs they did, I thought most of it was pretty bad. Unlistenable. But, I will give Lou Reed credit for being original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    I actually think that they were an excellent band. They wrote about 30 amazingly great songs in five years. Being influential is great, but the reason they were influential was they were truly great for a few years.

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    Yep. Also YouTube - the velvet underground - jesus
    I can understand differences in taste, but usually reserve "unlistenable" proclamations for real cacophony or tuneless robot sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF3157 View Post
    Yep. Also YouTube - the velvet underground - jesus
    I can understand differences in taste, but usually reserve "unlistenable" proclamations for real cacophony or tuneless robot sounds.
    Metal Machine Music is practically unlistenable, as a Lou Reed example. But so is something like that "Amen" song Kid Rock did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Metal Machine Music is practically unlistenable, as a Lou Reed example. But so is something like that "Amen" song Kid Rock did.
    *moseys on over to youtube page for Kid Rock's Amen.*
    listenable but not listen-worthy. I must have a high audio-pain threshold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF3157 View Post
    *moseys on over to youtube page for Kid Rock's Amen.*
    listenable but not listen-worthy. I must have a high audio-pain threshold.
    I find that song execrable. I hate when idiots decide to raise my consciousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    I find that song execrable. I hate when idiots decide to raise my consciousness.

    I hear that.
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