Their influence was less of every band copying their style in whole than inspiring a thousand weirdos to start their own noisy garage bands.
An episode of one of the greatest T.V. shows ever, Freaks & Geeks was dedicated to this album. Not that I get any of the hype or the insane following but this album in particular gets praised by even the non dead heads.
to pancakes: I love the Velvet Underground, they are part of the core canon of music to me. I find The Velvet Underground and Nico to be more uneven than their later 3. Loaded I will take with me to my grave.
And yeah, I know VU took the art side of rock to a whole new level, but it was an arbitrary form of art-rock that I'm not sure ever really caught on. Yeah, bands like Pink Floyd adapted these bohemian qualities as well, but they used it to substantively say something as well. They cared, while VU's whole artistic side was seemingly about not caring; but therein lies the punk influence, I guess.
In that sense, I guess I'd say that I think VU was much more culturally influential than musically. But I'm only 23 years old so everything I'm saying might be complete drivel to someone who was around to see their uprising and musical influences propagate. If there were a lot of bands that imitated that style at the time, they unfortunately didn't go on to make stuff historically significant enough for me to ever hear. I think the best bands that were musically influenced by VU went on to further potentiate that artistic style of their music.
Cannibal Ox is a good example, geez even the name smacks with "hitting you over the head hype" (I'm a cannibal ARRRGH! and an OX!!) and the music never clicked with me, and i love good hiphop (& all the cannibal ox predecessors that should make me like "him" - but i don't, and i stopped trying).
Sgt. Pepper was Beatles' first album post-Ken Kesey / KoolAid Acid Test, that is, it's their LSD album, and you can't beat that cover art. Which is why it makes all the lists! The white album's cover art...wait, there isn't any.
Going to give Pet Sounds a big chance, never heard it, love the acclaim from y'all on here, and I think the beach boys deserve *some* mentioning as they were the first band to use that flourishing vocal harmony. They have influenced plenty of talented musicians, Cornelius comes to mind.
Freaks & Geeks was for children, boring, and I couldn't watch past the pilot. Lame.
If the key changes suck eggs, it's because key changes are supposed to suck eggs in that they're usually unnatural and transgressive from fundamental musical theory. I'm obviously not into these shitty types of "creativity" because anyone can play a bunch of different chords that sound like shit together.
Anything from Arcade Fire or Animal Collective.
J~$$$$ both these deserve the hype, as they are the top 2 rock bands in North America.
TomAz didn't like the fucking DoLab this year. his opinion is not to be considered when it comes to taste.
Although Iggy said that he hadn't heard the Velvet Underground, the early Stooges shows (from the few descriptions I've read of them and clips of recordings I've heard) sound remarkably similar to '66 VU shows (at least the two I've tracked down.)
It's got hippie bullshit and dancey bullshit.
I didn't really appreciate the Stooges until I heard Funhouse while pissed drunk. Listening to the same album sober was boring and repetitive to me. Listening while inebriated made me want to smash all the furniture in my house.
To "get" certain albums one must be in the right state of mind. I'm not saying it requires drugs and alcohol, just that a persons mood and the setting are big factors in understanding certain albums and artists.
I'ma ball at the mall shuttin' down the sea wall