Posted 10/28/2013 by cal
Around this time of year, the merits of best-of lists start to be discussed in music-nut circles almost as much as music. All I know is if it hadn't been for my public library and two or three books proclaiming The Top However-Many Albums Of All Time, I might never have gotten into The Velvet Underground. There, underneath Sgt. Pepper's
and Dark Side
and maybe a few other classic rock bastions, was The Velvet Underground & Nico
, without fail. When I think about it now, I'm a little perplexed as to why I liked it when I took the record out from the library and played it, because I hadn't really even gotten into punk rock yet. Yet to me, a 14-year-old in 1990 or so, despite its somewhat grotesque production values and the weirdo lady singer, it sounded contemporary. I had no historical perspective on music yet; it didn't occur to me to be shocked that it was 23 years old. I liked it, but I didn't get it.