500 Greatest Songs of All Time


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)

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