161. The Velvet Underground, 'I'm Waiting for the Man'
Writer: Lou Reed
Producers: Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson
Released: March '67, Verve
Originally a rootsy Dylan hommage, the song evolved into a proto-punk classic steeped in New York grit. The Velvets mixed R&B rhythm-guitar workout, blues-piano stomp and dreamy art drone, as Reed deadpans a story about scoring $26 worth of heroin in Harlem. "Everything about that song holds true," said Reed, "except the price."
Appears on: The Velvet Underground and Nico (Polygram)