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The Velvet Underground & Nico - Venus In Furs (1967)

Well i am posting this as the Velvets first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, was released 50 years ago today, March 12, 1967.

The Velvet Underground were a rock band formed in New York, America, by singer / guitarist Lou Reed, Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (who was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965.

Accompanied by German born vocalist Nico, the album was recorded in 1966 while the group were featured on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial lyrical topics, including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy.

Most rock bands that have followed have been influenced by the Velvets, than by any other band in the history of music.

Venus In Furs was never released as a single but was the fourth track on side one of the debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, and is one of my favourite Velvets tracks, but i love the whole album, i can remember that i was totally blown away by its sound the first time i played it.

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

The Velvet Underground Songs For The Signs
  • Aries: There She Goes Again// "Now take a look, there's no tears in her eyes. Like a bird, you know she would fly, what can you do. You see her walkin' on down the street."
  • Taurus: Sweet Jane// "Heavenly wine and roses seems to whisper to her when he smiles. Heavenly wine and roses
  • seems to whisper to her when she smiles."
  • Gemini: Femme Fatale// "Here she comes, you better watch your step. She's going to break your heart in two, it's true."
  • Cancer: I'm Sticking With You// "There're people going into the stratosphere. Soldiers fighting with the Cong, but with you by my side I can do anything. When we swing, babe, we hang past right and wrong"
  • Leo: Heroin// "I don't know just where I'm going, but I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can 'cause it makes me feel like I'm a man."
  • Virgo: After Hours// "Oh, someday I know someone will look into my eyes and say hello -- you're my very special one--
  • But if you close the door, I'd never have to see the day again."
  • Libra: Sunday Morning// "There's always someone around you who will call It's nothing at all. Sunday morning and I'm falling. I've got a feeling I don't want to know."
  • Scorpio: Venus In Furs// "Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather. Whiplash girlchild in the dark. Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him.Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart"
  • Sagittarius: Run Run Run// "You gotta run, run, run, run, run. Take a drag or two. Run, run, run, run, run. Gypsy Death and you. Tell you whatcha do."
  • Capricorn: Pale Blue Eyes// "I put in front of me. Linger on, your pale blue eyes.”
  • Aquarius: The Murder Mystery// "Please raise the flag, rosy red carpet envy. English used here; this messenger is nervous. It's not fun at all out here in the hall."
  • Pisces: Ride Into The Sun// "Where everything seems so pretty. When you're lonely and tired of the city. Remember it's a flower made out of clay."