Thought of as an outlier in their discography, 1970’s ‘Loaded’ speaks to the truth that, at heart, The Velvet Underground was a pop outfit.
Released in March 1969 with Doug Yule in for John Cale, ‘The Velvet Underground’ proved that the band could turn their hands to anything and still sound cutting-edge.
‘White Light/White Heat’ may have been made without Andy Warhol and Nico, but contains six tracks of raw, ugly but compelling garage-rock. Sadly, it would be the last album by the classic Velvet Underground line-up.
The archetypal ‘cult album’ whose impact on alternative rock music is incalculably vast, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ turns 50 years old.