The Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs (1967)

Shiny, shiny boots of leather / Whiplash girl-child in the dark”… Those were the lyrics which sparked delicious scandal and outrage in the late ’60s New York, endorsed, with initial reluctance and eventual relish, by Andy Warhol himself. The Velvet Underground were invincible, unspeakable, unbelievable, taking a bite out of music, fueled with a smiling ferocity, as though they would be the very last new thing ever to be heard. There’s a lascivious, exhausted, self-destructive vibe to this song, and it’s contagious. Beware of too much splendor, and yet, enjoy.

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