The secret Andy Warhol banana has been honored again with a new homage courtesy of blues artist John Németh. Of course, The Velvet Underground & Nico album honored its 50th anniversary this year and Németh has done his version of the cover with a pink-ish pickle for the album Feelin’ Freaky but my thought was didn’t Kosha Dillz do a regular green pickle recently and that wasn’t meant to be an inquiry, it was my way of saying someone else already did the pickle idea. Yet Németh might say “oh, but it’s a pink-ish pickle.” Aaah.
(John Németh’s Feelin’ Freaky will be released on May 19th, you may pre-order it below via Amazon.com.)
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.