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Album: The Velvet Underground & NicoReleased: 1967
Lou Reed wrote this on a Sunday morning around 6am. Andy Warhol, who helped finance the album, suggested he write a song about the paranoia associated with the effects of a drug wearing off.
Reed wrote this for Nico but then decided not to let the German ex-model sing it. Instead he impersonated her himself.
The production on this song is more lavish than the other tracks on the album. It was intended for release as a single and they wanted to make it radio friendly.
This song is all about last-minute changes. The inclusion of the track on their first album was literally penciled in, Reed decided to take over vocals at the last minute as they walked into the studio to record it, and John Cale noticed a celesta in the studio and decided to include the instrument for the song on the spot. Cale also played the viola on the song.
Submitted for your consideration: The name of Velvet Underground's five-disk boxed set is Peel Slowly and See
, featuring the iconic Warhol banana from the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico
. And here is the video for Lou Reed's song "No Money Down,"
from his 1986 album Mistrial
. Watch it all the way through. Draw your own conclusions.
Air France, the French airline, used this in commercials.