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The History of Punk, Pt. 1: The Velvet Underground & Nico

This is the first episode of a three-part series we've been recording about the history of punk music. A musical style often derided for its simplicity and unpolished nature, punk is actually quite seminal and important, and for part one we look at one of the earliest punk albums, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and consider the music, what ideas informed it, what impact it had, and so on--the usual stuff. What we found was surprising to me personally (I've mostly regarded punk as something akin to day-old garbage: not quite stinky and gross, but not desirable at all, either), and has really changed my estimation of this music and social movement. It's a fun exploration of a musical style you may not have considered very seriously before, but should. 

Playlist after the fold....

The playlist for this episode is all tracks from The Velvet Underground's first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967):
  1. Venus in Furs
  2. I'm Waiting for the Man
  3. European Son
  4. There She Goes Again
  5. Sunday Morning
  6. I'll Be Your Mirror
  7. Heroin
  8. (outro) Sweet Jane (from Loaded)