The Velvet Underground always seemed to run into bad luck. One of the things that doomed The Velvet Underground and Nico
to short sales was that it was released in March of 1967... count three months forward and The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Speaking of The Beatles, they, too, had experimented with the drone sound: witness "Tomorrow Never Knows
" and "She Said She Said
" from their album Revolver
Another competing band was Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The album The Velvet Underground and Nico
was finished and waiting to be released by early 1966, but Verve Records held it back in favor of releasing Zappa and the Mother's Freak Out!
This provoked guitarist Sterling Morrison into spending the rest of his life complaining about Zappa, sneeringly lumping him in with "that hippie music," along with other acts like Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. This is ironic, considering that Zappa himself also
hated the hippie scene, and in fact was mocking it the entire time the way he later would parody other musical genres.