26
Mar
08

say a word for ginger brown

Lou Reed cursed my economics quiz.

loaded

I’ll admit, I was rather ill-prepared; hating economics also seems to make studying problematic.

The past week I’ve been on a Loaded kick, the Velvet Underground’s 1970 swan song. Industry legend Ahmet Ertegun supposedly requested that Lou and co. cut an album “loaded with hits” for their major-label debut on Atlantic, and the band delivered on the promise–despite the fact that drummer Moe Tucker was on maternity leave and major contributor John Cale was all but gone from the band at this point in their career.

“Oh! Sweet Nuthin’,” Loaded‘s epic closer, is a 7-and-a-half minute pop masterpiece that sprawls and jars, easing you into peaceful, blissful oblivion. It’s a perfect song for a lazy weekend afternoon.

But not before a quiz.

Once my professor gave us the question, it was hard to feel unlike the song’s empty-handed characters: I ain’t got nuthin’ at all. At least the song’s subjects find some inner harmony in their nuthinness; I felt something more akin to a refined panic attack (can panic be refined? Oh yes, but it takes practice, my son).

Free yourself from all stressful obligations and place the needle carefully on your iPod hard drive and turn this mother out. As far as willful band-career-codas go, this is up there with “The End.”

The Velvet Underground – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

(special thanks to Song By Toad for the tentative mp3 link.)

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