Velvet Underground Trainspotting Question

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Yeah, Lou was so far ahead of his time you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's a fairly well done spoof recorded in 2010 and passed off as a street-sale find.

Officer Pupp, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Found at a street sale in Hoboken, NJ last week

as if I needed any encouragement to continue cratedigging, jeez.

acetate quality would upset me more if this wasn't "Do The Ostrich" with different lyrics.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Lou was so far ahead of his time you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's a fairly well done spoof recorded in 2010 and passed off as a street-sale find.
sorry, thought my post was dripping with sarcasm, but I guess not! yes, obviously a spoof tie-in with the human centipede movie that came out a little while ago.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh, I was a little slow on the uptake there

bummer.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

well, speaking of the pickwick years, this stuff is tantalizing:

December 3, 1964
Walter De Maria's Bond Street loft, New York City, New York

John Cale - Tony Conrad - Walter De Maria - Lou Reed - Jimmie Sims

1. Won't You Smile (1st take)
2. The Ostrich (1st take)
3. The Ostrich (2nd take)
4. Won't You Smile (2nd take)
5. Johnny Won't Surf Anymore
6. Teardrops In The Sand
7. Sad Lonely Orphan Boy
8. Shame, Shame, Shame

A full review of this Primitives rehearsal tape is available in Beyond The Dream Syndicate - Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage by Branden W. Joseph. Won't You Smile is an early version of Why Don't You Smile Now. Shame, Shame, Shame is a Jimmy Reed's cover.

May 11, 1965
Pickwick Studios, near Long Island City, New York

John Cale - Lou Reed - Jerry Vance or Jimmie Sims

1. Buzz Buzz Buzz (one complete take + a couple of attempts breaking down)
2. Why Don't You Smile Now
3. Heroin (take 1)
4. Heroin (take 2)
5. Untitled Piano Piece 1
6. Untitled Piano Piece 1

A full review of this demo tape is available in White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground Day by Day by Richie Unterberger. Buzz Buzz Buzz is a Lou Reed original, not a cover of the 1957 hit by The Hollywood Flames. Untitled Piano Pieces are by John Cale alone.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm sure Lou would never let it happen, but a *real* career-spanning box set of his work would be great. one that started with the early doo wop stuff, went into the pickwick years, the VU, the solo years, etc. There's Between Thought & Expression, but that's pretty old now -- only goes up to Mistrial I think and doesn't have any VU or pre-VU stuff.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

Tyler, it wasn't a dig at you honestly; I could tell that you'd got it. What I couldn't tell from the tone of the other answers was whether people were taking it seriously or whether people knew it was a spoof.

Officer Pupp, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

ha, no worries! it's not a bad spoof though! i mean, for someone with obviously too much time on their hands ... :)

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

so has anyone actually bought this Quine Tapes on LP thing from Sundazed? No way I could afford it, but I'm curious to know if the fact that "this set has been newly mastered by Bob Irwin from the original source material" makes any significant difference sound-quality wise. Samples sound good, but I can't really tell. http://sundazed.com/shop/vu_quine.php

tylerw, Thursday, 8 July 2010 22:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hello. I made that Primitives Human Centipede thing & I'm very proud of myself. Anyhoo, I came on here the other day & found out about the Nuns Are On The Seawall blog & downloaded an LP off there but now whenever I try to get on it says "No" & that I've not been invited or somesuch. Does anyone know how I can get on there?

Also my group The Loves' new LP has got Doug Yule on it as the voice of Jesus. Really.

Simon Love, Friday, 9 July 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

that I've not been invited

Damn. Me too.

StanM, Friday, 9 July 2010 17:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I can't believe anyone thought it was anything other than a spoof! Although my obsession with the Human Centipede and friendship with a couple of Loves may have helped me recognise this fact.

emil.y, Friday, 9 July 2010 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

ha, nicely done, simon. you got a link for info on this Yule/Jesus album?

tylerw, Friday, 9 July 2010 18:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

you got a link for info on this Yule/Jesus album?

All in good time. Which means you'll have to wait til the LP is available before I post anything.

Simon Love, Friday, 9 July 2010 20:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

I can't believe anyone thought it was anything other than a spoof! Although my obsession with the Human Centipede and friendship with a couple of Loves may have helped me recognise this fact.

― emil.y, Friday, 9 July 2010 19:19 (3 hours ago) Bookmark

It was the welsh accent of the non-Cale variety. that & the fact it was on S!m0n's youtube and he'd been posting about the Human Centipede for the last week. Very nicely done an' that, though.

sometimes all it takes is a healthy dose of continental indiepop (tomofthenest), Friday, 9 July 2010 21:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

I realise now that I should've done it as John Cale's version of The Ostrich & done it in an OTT Welsh accent. & made a separate Youtube account to post it on. Something like StewReid64.

Simon Love, Saturday, 10 July 2010 14:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

It was the lyrics that gave it away!

Officer Pupp, Sunday, 11 July 2010 14:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Is there a d/l link? Would like to hear it anyway...

Mark G, Monday, 12 July 2010 07:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

There ^

& there's a new comment today

"This sounds almost identical to 'Do the Ostrich' by The Primitives which I beleive was a bit of a hit at the time. If this was never released Im guessing they changed the lyrics/music very slightly and released the ostrich version instead"

I do not know this person. I believe they are serious.

Simon Love, Monday, 12 July 2010 13:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ach, I guess youtube is the new YSI?

Mark G, Monday, 12 July 2010 20:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

god damn it

will someone PM me the password for Nuns Are On The Seawall files? now that the thing is invite only I can't look at it and the pw I thought it was is wrong.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 14 July 2010 20:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

isn't it "cookin"?

tylerw, Wednesday, 14 July 2010 20:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah I thought there was a "vinyl" after it but that is a record label

thanking u

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 14 July 2010 21:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

oops it is "cookinG"

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 14 July 2010 21:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

How do you get invited to join Nuns Are On The Seawall? I only managed to download The Psychopath's Rolling Stones before it went invite only.

Simon Love, Thursday, 15 July 2010 18:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

investigating that -- thevelvetforum.tk would be a good place to haunt. I think the dude who runs that blog posts there.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 July 2010 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

meanwhile, there's this: http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=540
dunno if it's good or not.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 July 2010 18:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

looks like the nuns site is back up and running. still sort of scared of it, but an amazing resource!

tylerw, Friday, 16 July 2010 20:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Just got the Hilltop boot on vinyl. blowing my fucking mind

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 8 August 2010 04:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah that thing is one-of-a-kind, the only LOUD outdoor gig of the Velvets that has surfaced so far. really different dynamics and sound when they turned it way up.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Sunday, 8 August 2010 07:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, parts of the "what goes on" on that bootleg are mindblowing. if you haven't seen it, i did a sort of sampler of the professor tapes over here: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/838951975/move-right-in-the-velvet-underground-at-the

tylerw, Sunday, 8 August 2010 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ossum scenes

Simon Love, Friday, 13 August 2010 22:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

The Velvet Underground in Boston (1967, USA, 33 min.), which Warhol shot during a concert at the Boston Tea Party, features a variety of filmmaking techniques—sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flash bulbs going off—that mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multi-screen projections, liberal use of amphetamines, and overpowering sound of The Velvet Underground.

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/10587

Thus Sang Freud, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 14:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

... features a variety of filmmaking techniques that most people try when given a movie/video camera for the first time, ....

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 14:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

movie itself sounds sorta painful, but i wonder if the sound is any good? i guess it'll all be cut up thanks to "in camera edits"...

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 15:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Friday, November 12, 2010
VELVET UNDERGROUND FILM DISCOVERIES
Two complete screenings, at 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm
Admission: $7.00

Moore College of Art & Design
20th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
(215) 965-4099

Read more: http://theworldsamess.blogspot.com/2010/11/velvet-underground-films-to-screen-in.html#ixzz15OO3KwJr

tylerw, Monday, 15 November 2010 22:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

When will someone find their guest appearance on the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell show?

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

holy fuck @ this

including one film with color, synchronous sound footage of the band playing live in Boston in 1967

one of only two known films with synchronous sound of the band performing live

also how does that blog code its text so that if you c/p a line you are also c/p'ing "Read more: http://theworldsamess.blogspot.com/2010/11/velvet-underground-films-to-screen-in.html#ixzz15RjU7sGL";? that's clever.

honkin' on joey kramer (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 12:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

nyt does the same iirc, i guess it is a thing you can do now

inimitable bowel syndrome (schlump), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 12:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's some java scripting and it's annoying as fuck.

wmlynch, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 20:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah seems like newspapers are doing this autofill thing now. that's the first blog i've seen doing it tho. irritating.

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 20:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

politico.com's been doing that since it started

the Whiney G. Weingarten Memorial 77 Clique (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

crazy times. is lou for or against it, do you think?

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

it has always amazed me that a band who was clearly around filmmakers all the time left behind so little actual footage

would love to see this of course

the Whiney G. Weingarten Memorial 77 Clique (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, there are literally films of dudes eating bananas in the Factory.

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

hours and hours of a building.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

if you look closely though, the VU are playing on top of the empire state building during that movie.

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna make an art project...Empire State with a soundtrack of Sister Ray or What Goes On seamlessly looping for 8 hours.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

hours and hours of a building.

have watched this for about fifteen minutes at the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh...it is almost indescribably beautiful fwiw

honkin' on joey kramer (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 22:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

crazy times. is lou for or against it, do you think?

think lou has always been pretty pro-javascript but a late career turnaround isn't impossible

inimitable bowel syndrome (schlump), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 14:01 (4 years ago) Permalink


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