tempobet yeni adresi
like this album classics review

11/10/2018 : THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - White Light/White Heat

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

White Light/White Heat

MusicAlbum Classics
Alternative Rock

[90/100]   

MGM
11/10/2018, Kevin BURKE

Beautiful Destruction

If you believe, and perhaps rightly so that the album ‘The Velvet Underground And Nico’ was an album about drugs, then by comparison the follow up ‘White Light-White Heat’ is an album which is on drugs.

No Andy Warhol this time to rein Reed in, so he could let fly with an eruption of white noise, attacking the listeners every sense. No Nico to shine a sultry light in darkness, this is the abyss, this is where romance comes to die.

The opinion is often that this is the true album and voice of the Velvet Underground, the four members working in unison as one colossal feedback driven war machine. The overstretched sound pulled in on their debut release so as not to hamper any commercial success, but here was let loose to astounding affect all under the guidance once more of Tom Wilson at the desk.

‘White Light-White Heat’ in its black album cover, a reflection of what the package is as a whole, the almost hidden skull tattoo of Joe Spencer blending into the darkness, a print, black on black, the bands name, album name and Verve company insignia all placed on one line, minimal packaging compared to the previous peel-able banana.

But this is voodoo punk before punk had a name, what it should have been, the summoning up of all the aggression in society, focused and executed, the savage feedback dripping as if a disease, ripping at the albums core.

The albums opener, the song itself ‘White Light/White Heat’ is a driving statement in the vain of 'I'm Waiting For The Man', John Cales chugging piano against Reeds vocal, all the while the other Velvets provide the chorus. The intense subject the Underground deals with faithfully is of all things the intravenous injection of drugs and their after affects, mimicked in intensity by Cales fuzzed out, distorted bass outro as if reaching a climax high.

'The Gift', John Cales spoken word story put to the distorted music of The Velvets, an instrumental known simply as 'Booker T.' The deadpan story follows the protagonist 'Waldo' mailing himself to the subject of his stalking, while getting mutilated by accident on delivery. The stereo version separates this tale into two channels, the music and the story, I do highly recommend the Mono version for maximum impact, not just for this recording but most Velvets albums.

‘Lady Godiva's Operation’ in contrast a dark noir romantic story, or as close to romantic as the Velvets get all surrounding a botched operation, humorously sung in the first half by John Cale describing Lady Godiva. The second half sung by Cale alternating with Reed, again full of that deadpan,dark humor which builds in suspense to an eruptive finale.

‘Here She Comes Now’the B side Release to the ‘White Light/White Heat’ single, the most standard song on the album set solely apart from the others by the lack of avant-garde effects. The song itself can be interpreted in either of two ways, one it's song smeared with sexual innuendo, about a girl going to 'come',or secondly an ode to Lou Reeds guitar, his battle cry normally being; ”Here she comes now!” before he takes off into a solo but either way a pleasant break in the madness.

‘I Heard Her Call My Name’ the feedback screeching, distorted guitar driven song, immersed by two atonal guitars played by Reed at ear-splitting volume.

A tour de force before the albums closer,almost a build up to the orgy of avant-garde sound that was to come. ‘Sister Ray’ the penultimate song by the Velvet Underground, a song which defines all which was at the bands mission. It centers on the familiar themes of Velvet songs, the transsexual killer who carries out a series of murders, sixteen to be exact and as the police break the door he is shooting up on smack while having an orgy with sailors and other transvestites.

Taking up most of the second side of the album, this heavy-weight result of a seventeen minutes of improvised jam, whereby Cale drives the song with an organ fed into a distorted guitar amplifier. The one take recording, the result of a mutual agreement of; whatever happens-happens ,whatever goes wrong-goes wrong, just keep going.

'Just like Sister Ray said,whip it on.”

The resulting effort is monumental in Velvet Undergrounds discography, all the elements that made the band what they were are here for exploration. Never again would they sound so free, the follow-up, the self titled album, similar to that of Led Zeppelins third album, a mellow and more acoustic affair in contrast to the destructive beauty of 'White Light-White Heat’

Kevin BURKE
11/10/2018


Music reviews

18
01
RINGFINGER
Pressure
16
01
SYRENOMILIA
A Rose Shattered
14
01
M73
Tainted
09
01
NEGANT
Schwarz!
08
01
MORE EPHEMEROL
Obituary Templates
07
01
CHRISTOPHE CLEBARD
SSS

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

20
01
THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS 40th ANNIVERSARY EUROPEAN TOUR
20
01
Peek-a-Boo Magazine # 36 - Out Now!
19
01
On this day, 29 years ago (19 January 1991), The Cure performed at The Great British Music Awards!
18
01
On this day, 40 ago, John Foxx released his first solo project album Metamatic!
17
01
Today, 35 years ago, Alien Sex Fiend recorded Liquid Head in Tokyo!
16
01
25 years Divine Rapture | Celebrating The Siouxsie and the Banshees 1995 and final album!

Concert reviews

31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

20
01
AARON TURNER (SUMAC, ISIS, MAMIFFER...)
'It’s like a dialogue between me and what I’m hearing...'
19
01
IAN EVERETT (SOLID BRONZE)
'had a lot of time to sit with these songs...'
17
01
BROOK
I’ve soaked up a lot of musical genres over the years, and I like to think that maybe this is reflected throughout the Brook album.
15
01
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO
I never thought I’d live to see the day when Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio was mentioned next to Current 93 and Death in June.
14
01
IC 434
find it amazing to live in a highly developed society and at the same time having to realize what a mentally mess it really is.

PHOTOS

19
01
DAGEIST
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
THE ARCH
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
DER HIMMEL UBER BERLIN
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
WHITE COAL ADDICTION
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
ERYX LONDON
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
KEZDOWN
DARK WINTER FESTIVAL LIEGE
26
12
SUICIDE COMMANDO
Bimfest

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

20
01
THROBBING GRISTLE
Six Six Sixties (Fan made video)
19
01
THE BREATH OF LIFE
Blackout
18
01
SDH (SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS)
No Miracles (Official Video)
17
01
CAPITAL X
Majesty
17
01
GARBAGE
No Horses
16
01
SEVERED HEADS
All Saints Day
15
01
EURYTHMICS
Sweet Dreams