Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sister Ray by The Velvet Underground

Welcome to The Extra Long Week at The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll. Maybe you had the week off for Thanksgiving or enjoyed a shortened work week. Now you are back to work and this week feels like an eternity. This week I am selecting some of the best long rock songs to get you through this week. Aw, you shouldn't do that. Don't you know you'll stain the carpet. The song of the day for November 27, 2012 is 'Sister Ray' by The Velvet Underground, which is from the 1968 album White Light/White Heat.

'Sister Ray' is a wonderful seventeen minute explosion of noisy New York City rock and roll. Lou Reed talked about the subject matter of 'Sister Ray' during an interview with The Stranger, and he said, "Sister Ray' was done as a joke--no, not as a joke, but it has eight characters in it and this guy gets killed and nobody does anything. The situation is a bunch of drag queens taking some sailors home with them, shooting up on smack and having this orgy when the police appear". The seventeen minute version is below. Enjoy.

If you wish to listen to a shortened version of the song then click on the video below. I really like how they out the music of The Velvet Underground on The Lawrence Welk Show.

1 comment:

  1. I recommend building up a playlist of different versions of 'Sister Ray', say 10 at a minimum. There are a slew of live versions out there. Add in 'Sweet Sister Ray' if you can find it, and by the time you're through it, you'll either be hallucinating...or getting more work done than you ever thought possible. It will change you.