The passing of Lou Reed the other week compelled me to listen to Velvet Underground and Nico for the first time since I was 16 and at art school. That bloody banana image reminds me of that time so much I’ve not been able to bring myself to listen to it in, well lets say a very, very long time. Turns out I still only think ‘its kinda okay’, for me Nicos wailing ruins it and I’ll will always prefer ‘Loaded’ from the VU back catalogue, nuff said.
Anyway during those art school years when I was channelling the ghosts of Haight Ashbury on a daily basis, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also featured pretty highly in my walkman. As a result these two artists have also suffered the same fate as VU and Nico mentioned earlier.
Its only fairly recently that I’ve rediscovered both Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and have been regularly blown away by long forgotten album tracks and lesser know gems like the track above. ‘Far out man and stay off the brown acid’