Episode 50: The Velvet Underground and Nico, track by track, part five




March 17, 2017


Songs from The Velvet Underground and Nico (Verve) March 12, 1967

  • “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
  • “Black Angel’s Death Song”
  • “European Son”


This the 50th episode of Rockin’ the Suburbs (!)

This is Mark Jenkins‘ fifth appearance on RTS.

In Uptight, The Velvet Underground StorySterling Morrison described the recording of “I’ll Be Your Mirror” thusly: “She kept singing ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ in her strident voice. Dissatisfied, we kept making her do it over and over again until she broke down and burst into tears. At that point we said, “Oh, try it just one more time and then fuck it — if it doesn’t work this time, we’re not going to do the song.’ Nico sat down and did it exactly right.

The first pressing of The Velvet Underground & Nico referred to the album’s final song as “European Son (to Delmore Schwartz)” – subsequent pressings simply list “European Son”

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