The Velvet Underground

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1996

Inducted by: Patti Smith

Nominated in: 1992   1993   1994   1995   1996

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

Inducted Members: John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker

Snubbed Members: Doug Yule, Nico

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1992 (ranked #25) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Velvet Underground And Nico (1967)
White Light/White Heat (1968)
The Velvet Underground (1969)
Loaded (1970)

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Heroin (1967)
I'm Waiting For The Man (1967)
Venus in Furs (1967)
All Tomorrow's Parties (1967)
Femme Fetale (1967)
White Light / White Heat (1968)
Sister Ray (1968)
Pale Blue Eyes (1969)
Sweet Jane (1970)

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14 comments so far (post your own)

It took five years? More proof that a lot of these mainstream acts have no idea about the underground scene.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 16:29pm

As far as "underground" bands go, the VU are pretty well known.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 18:43pm

The Velvet Underground is probably the worst band I've ever heard.

Posted by Theo on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 11:57am

If you want a fun listen, try playing the Shirelles' "Boys" and the Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll" back to back. I'm not saying the VU stole anything... it's just a fun side-by-side comparison.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.28.09 @ 01:23am

@ Theo

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 06:04am

It is a scandal that it took 5 years for the VU to be inducted and that Lou, Sterling and John Cale are still not in solo!

Posted by Rick Rod on Thursday, 12.2.10 @ 11:46am

I could see a case for Reed being made but Cales stuff was oo experimental for the hall and Sterling's not substantial enough.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 12.2.10 @ 12:04pm

"The Velvet Underground is probably the worst band I've ever heard." - Theo

You know, it is really sad when even the most misguided and uneducated members of society still are in such a state of pitiful intellectual and moral arrogance that they fail to appreciate art

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 08:42am

While there are many other possible examples, the five year wait for the VU pretty much encapsulates everything wrong with the RRHOF. I'm not going to point to Brian Eno's very famous (& accurate!) quote, but w/o the VU "art rock", "glam" & "punk rock" would have taken very different directions. The band- as well as Reed & Cale individually, are giants in the world of Rock Music. A five year wait was bulls--t.

Posted by Skip on Friday, 01.20.12 @ 06:15am

Agreed. TVU are probably one of the most influential bands in rock.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 11:13am

Rest in Peace Lou Reed.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 10.27.13 @ 14:50pm

Mok is dead. RIP.

Posted by astrodog on Sunday, 10.27.13 @ 16:51pm

Maureen Tucker rocks! RIP Lou.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:37pm

Why wasn't Nico inducted with them?

Posted by Sue on Wednesday, 10.26.16 @ 06:02am

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