COVERED: Lou Reed vs. Die Krupps

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It was considered to be one of the weirdest albums to ever be released by a major label, and 38 years later, you might say it still is. Lou Reed’s 1975 un-classic Metal Machine Music is described on Wikipedia as being “a joke, a grudging fulfillment of a contractual obligation, or an early example of noise music.” It hadn’t been three years since he released “Walk On The Walk Side” and while rockist would’ve preferred to keep doing the same ol’ Velvet Underground stuff, Reed didn’t want to do that at all. It may have been nothing but noise, but that album has lead to a following that is unique to the album. People will listen to it maybe as a joke, but fans of noise and experimental sounds will take it on as a noise masterpiece. It was the highlight of the 8-track tape documentary film So Wrong, They’re Right, where a fan talked about how he had the 8-track tape for the album and would play it a lot, leading to confusing expressions from friends.

Die Krupps are a German band who seemed to have been around forever, or at least making music and touring for the last 33 years may feel like forever to some, but they have kept a core following that have remained loyal for decades. For their latest release (due out on November 25th), they also bring in Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwerk and the French band Métal Urbain for some collaboration. The Machinists Of Joy is said to be more punk than industrial or metal, but the album cover is definitely an ode to Reed’s album, right down to the RCA identification sticker that was on the upper left hand corner. The power of the un-classic lives on.

SOME STUFFS: Sundazed releases new Velvet Underground 7″ 45 box set

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Singles 1966-1969 is a forthcoming Velvet Underground box set featuring seven 7″ 45’s, packaged in reproductions of the inner sleeves, and includes liner notes, rare photos, and more.

Velvet Underground were considered band who may have not sold over 5000 copies of anything initially, but managed to influence 5000+ bands to create their own sonic legacies. It may be also hard to imagine that the VU were pushed as a hit-making group by releasing singles, usually reserved for artists who could produce hits. But 45’s were a means of promotion just like any other, so while most of those 5000+ bands bought VU in LP form, others discovered them in the 45rpm format, and this is a nice tribute to that, and of course it will become a nice collectible to boot.

Four of the records inside were released as singles, two were scheduled but canceled, and there is also a radio spot 45 too. Radio spots are small commercial ads that radio stations were to play inbetween other records. Some of these radio spots are of value to collector’s of the artists being promoted, and again it’s safe to say these radio spots didn’t help one bit, otherwise we would be celebrating VU on a much grander scale. Nonetheless, this seven 7″ 45 box set is a celebration of a certain scale, and it will look good to see VU spinning @ 45rpm.