Song of the Day #4,944: ‘Beginning to See the Light’ – The Velvet Underground

Sticking with the classic rock era this Random Weekend, we jump back from yesterday’s 1975 track to this one from 1969.

‘Beginning to See the Light’ is the opening song of Side Two of The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album. This record marked a shift in the band’s sound toward more melodic and acoustic songs. It’s by far my favorite Velvet Underground album.

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Song of the Day #4,920: ‘Sunday Morning’ – The Velvet Underground

Writer-director Todd Haynes’ delivered another of this year’s celebrated music documentaries with The Velvet Underground, the first feature length film to explore the career of the seminal indie rock band.

This is Haynes’ first documentary, though he has tackled musical icons in the past with Velvet Goldmine (about the glam rock scene in the 70s, and based heavily on David Bowie) and I’m Not There, which chronicled the life of Bob Dylan through multiple stages using six different actors in the central role.

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Song of the Day #4,828: ‘Stephanie Says’ – The Velvet Underground

Three years after the triumph of Rushmore, Wes Anderson returned with another brilliant work.

The Royal Tenenbaums follows the rise and fall of a family of geniuses, and the attempts by the flawed patriarch to reinsert himself into their lives.

Given double the budget of Rushmore, Anderson broadened his palette, assembling a large ensemble cast and setting the film in a slightly skewed version of New York. The effort paid off to the tune of $71 million at the box office and a Golden Globe for star Gene Hackman.

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Song of the Day #2,821: ‘Sweet Jane’ – The Velvet Underground

velvet_underground_loadedLast week I counted down my five favorite albums of 1970, and while it was an excellent group of albums, the truth is I didn’t have many runners-up. I have a very cursory knowledge of that year’s music.

So over the next three weeks I’ll feature songs from other 1970 albums that received widespread acclaim. Could some of these crack my own top five if given the chance?

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Song of the Day #1,439: ‘That’s the Story of My Life’ – The Velvet Underground

Best Albums of the 60s – #18
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)

Considering I was born in 1972, all of my associations with 60s albums have nothing to do with the actual 1960s. I heard some of the records on this list as a kid, some in high school, some in college and some in my 30s and 40s.

The Velvet Underground’s self-titled album (which was actually their third release) is very much a college album. I first discovered it during my freshman year at the University of Florida, when I would make runs to the local used CD shop to discover new (and old) music.

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