The Velvet Underground, 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'
The hippies and the marketplace both passed on this
NYC classic, which proved as prophetic stylistically as Sgt. Pepper was
conceptually. Its flat beats, atonal noise, bluesless singing, "urban
decadent" subject matter and bummer vibe proved the wellspring of punk
which, culturally if not stylistically, leads directly to the entire alt-rock
subculture. Great songs here include the disillusioned "Sunday
Morning" and "There She Goes Again" and the jonesing
"Heroin" and "I'm Waiting for the Man." "Venus in
Furs" and "The Black Angel's Death Song" remain subcultural in a
rather specialized way.