In the history of Rock Music The Velvet Underground & Nico are considered to be one of the most influential bands ever, their first album The Velvet Underground & Nico was recorded in 1966 and released in 1967. The album was produced by Andy Warhol whose his banana art design was used for the cover, and even though Andy Warhol had no musical background his pop-art attitude would propel the group to the top of Rock ‘n’ roll world.
It was Andy Warhol who introduced Nico to the group that consisted of Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison on guitars, John Cale, Maclise on drums who was later replaced by Maureen Tucker their music became a sonic confrontation, and Cale proclaimed that the group wanted to annoy people. The music of The Velvet Underground & Nico had plenty guitar feedback, unyielding percussions, and Cale’s contribution on the Viola, Bass, and Piano gave the band their signature sound. Combined with music and art they became the first-ever 'alternative' band.
According to Anthony Carew’s About.com article on Alternative music The Velvet Underground & Nico were a group with lots of moving parts from the tuneless moans of Nico and John Cale’s piano riffs to the sound of Indian Raga, and the guitars weaving in and out of the songs they weaved together their experimental music. They considered their sound to be much different than that of the West Coast with its “drugged-up suburban kids” thinking they will be saved by using hallucinogenic and psychedelics drugs. After their first album’s disappointing sales their relationship with Andy Warhol fell apart and the band fired Warhol and said goodbye to Nico and recorded their second album with Tom Wilson as their producer. The band was plagued by personal upheaval and financial struggle and soon would disband.
I found this album very hard to listen to with the music going in all directions it was hard for me to stay focus on the beat, and made me feel like I was tripping. Some of the songs on this album were tolerable, but mostly I had a hard time focusing while listening.