The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Years’ Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. I thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. We’re going through the Top 40 and will be continuing with a new album every Thursday. Want to join in? We’d love to have you. Email me if you have a blog, or just offer up your two cents in my comments area below.
This week: The Velvet Undergound and Nico (1967) and Abbey Road (1969)
I dragged my feet writing this (now extremely tardy) post, mostly because of The Velvet Undergound. Nico, too.
I just didn’t know what I was going to say about this album. My boyfriend and I even had a heated debate about it as we walked a 10k loop around a lake. It was a long 10k.
Once again, I find myself not liking an album that is near the top of a supposedly legendary list. Velvet Underground sits well above Madonna, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly and many others that I think are far more deserving of the spot. But then again, who am I to sit here and blather on? Maybe I know nothing. Maybe my liking of La Roux is just as baffling to a Velvet Undergound devotee.
The album is followed by Abbey Road, a record that came out just two years later.
Maybe a showdown is in order, I thought (all of five minutes ago, as I stressed about how to catch up in this blogging project).
So I used a randomizer to pick three rounds. Velvet Underground versus Abbey Road. Is there a single song by Velvet that can trump one of these Beatles tunes? Screw “influence.” Would you play this song aloud in your house, sheerly for pleasure (even self-wallowing pity type pleasure)? Let’s all be the judge. Leave your thoughts in the comments – I’ll go first.
ROUND 1: I WANT YOU (SHE’S SO HEAVY) vs HEROIN
Who else rewound Abbey Road?