November’s Record Club: Cult Heroes – The Velvet Underground and Rodriguez

Cult Heroes

Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 14th November with ‘Cult Heroes’, an evening of music from artists “whose artistic ability – genius, in some cases – has dwarfed their limited commercial success” (I nabbed that quote from the NME, I’m sure they won’t mind).

If you haven’t seen the little ‘Cult Heroes’ video, get your headphones on, turn it up and make it full screen…

Our featured albums will be ‘Cold Fact’ by singer-songwriter Rodriguez, and a choice of one of five albums by The Velvet Underground (there’s a poll below waiting for your vote).

We’re also looking for your Cult Hero suggestions – the underdogs you’ve championed, the ones who showed great promise only to fall by the wayside, or individual talents pursuing a singular vision. Here are a few to get you going:

Nick Drake. Captain Beefheart. Big Star. Jonathan Richman. The Fall.

If you’ve got your Cult Hero on vinyl, bring it (or them) along and we’ll play a song or two. If not, I’ll add suggestions to the ‘mixtape’ contenders list.

Further reading


Cold Fact

Releasing just two albums in the early 1970s and often drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan, the Detroit singer-songwriter disappeared from the music industry seemingly without trace. This led to speculation of his demise when his music belatedly found success in South Africa and Australia in the mid 1970s. Reissues of his albums in the last 10 years have brought him greater attention, along with the feature-length documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’.

The Velvet Underground

Experimental. Subversive. A commercial disaster. The ultimate cult band. The story goes that they only sold a few thousand copies of their debut album, but all those who bought it started a band. Their influence is still being felt today.

The Velvet Underground And NicoWhite Light White HeatThe Velvet UndergroundLoadedVU

The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – includes their most well known songs. Waiting For The Man. Venus In Furs. Sunday Morning.

White Light/White Heat (1968) – an album of extremes. Loud and quiet. Melodic and cacophonous. Short and long. In fact, side two has only two tracks, one being the seventeen minute Sister Ray.

The Velvet Underground (1969) – My personal favourite and their most consistent album. What Goes On. Pale Blue Eyes. Some Kinda Love.

Loaded (1970) – The last VU album to feature any original members and a deliberate attempt at a more commercial sound. It failed, of course. Who Loves The Sun. Sweet Jane. Rock And Roll.

VU (1985) – A collection of outtakes recorded 1968-69, the sleeve notes say it’s NOT the lost Velvets album, but it pretty much is. Did much to reignite interest in the band when it was released in 1985. I Can’t Stand It. Foggy Notion. I’m Sticking With You.

Hear the winner of the poll, along with Rodriguez, on vinyl and in full at Glossop Record Club, Thursday 14th November at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. FREE ENTRY.


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