The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

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The Velvet Underground formed in 1964 in N.Y.C. and released their debut album, with German-born singer and model Nico, in 1967.  The Velvet Underground were managed for a while by pop artist Andy Warhol and their debut album is a unique mix of rock, pop and avant-garde noise experiments, all developed in the setting of pop art. This was the genuine ‘sound of the underground’.

The album has sometimes been referred to as the alternative Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (released in the same year). It is an incredibly creative, imaginative, eerie, nihilistic and experimental album, which proved very influential in the later development of punk rock and new wave. The album covers a wide spectrum and does not feature a duff track although one or two could possibly be called ‘challenging’.

Nico’s breathy vocals grace the warm, tender, twinkly ‘pop’ songs; Sunday morning, Femme Fatale and I’ll be your mirror. There’s also classic rock songwriting evident in; I’m waiting for the man, Run Run Run and There she goes again. And then, there are ‘those’ other five, erm ‘experimental’, tracks. Boy oh boy oh boy! Venus in Furs is S&M set to scary drone rock and All tomorrow’s parties has Nico singing over a relentless sitar-like beat. Heroin was written in 1964 and it is as manic as the subject matter would suggest. It builds from a fuzzy, blissed out meander to a chaotic, noisenik crescendo. The Black Angel’s Death Song is like the darkest waltz Bob Dylan could ever imagine and European Son is seven and a half minutes of compelling, experimental noise.

The Velvet Underground & Nico should be in every record collection. Get it here!

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – reissued vinyl album

Legendary debut LP from the Velvet Underground. This is a brand new reissue copy of their 1967 album. Please note that the price includes second class postage and packing.

£20.00

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Etienne – “Foxbase Alpha” (1991)

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Right, let’s get this out of the way immediately … WE LOVE SAINT ETIENNE. The haircuts, the sleeves, the nostalgia, the t-shirts, the jumpers, the knowing pop references, Debsey Wykes, the feather boas, etc. Their debut album Foxbase alpha from 1991 remains a unique fusion of 1960s sunshine pop, techno, girl groups and ambient dub. The album hit us like a bolt out of the blue because it arrived during the grunge explosion of the early 1990s and the Strand Records’ boys were never very big on that whole Seattle slacker scene (yes, we do respect Kurt Cobain though … he wore a BMX Bandits T-shirt).

Whilst so many kids were, erm, headbanging to the angst-laced bedroom rock, we were shaking our booty to the Beach Boys pop meets dance sound of Saint Etienne. As mentioned, Saint Etienne’s sound on Foxbase Alpha was so eclectic. You can hear the Brill Building, daisy age hip hop, wall of sound and Belgian new beat in these grooves.

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There is a distinct dub and house culture feel to Foxbase alpha but then there is also a perfect pop sound too. The timeless Nothing can stop us has such a Northern Soul vibe. Bet you can’t keep your feet still when this comes on the decks.

Saint Etienne’s version of Neil Young’s Only love can break your heart will leave you feeling all warm inside and you will also find downbeat ambience (Stoned to say the least), a soul ballad (Carnt sleep) and dub pop (Like the swallow) within the grooves.

This is a super debut of varied sounds and we are currently stocking the reissue LP.

Please note that, in addition to the purchasing option below, we can also offer 1st class postage and next day delivery options as well as click and collect. There is also free local (Stoke-on-Trent) delivery on orders over £30. If you require any of these options, please just contact us.

Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha (1991) – new vinyl reissue

This is a brand new vinyl reissue copy of Saint Etienne's debut album from 1991. A fantastic mix of Beach Boys, Dub, 60s girl groups, ambient, techno, etc. The price includes second class postage and packing.

£21.00