2 March: Today marks what would have been Lou Reed's 74th birthday. Although only active for nine years (1964 to1973) The Velvet Underground’s everlasting legacy continues to inspire artists to this day.
Forming the foundations of punk rock by promoting the do-it-yourself attitude of garage rock, the Velvet Underground’s sound and outlook found a place amongst 60’s pop, 70’s punk, 80’s rock, 90’s grunge and 2000’s indie rock. Indeed, the Velvets don’t really sound like a typical 60’s band and could easily be mistaken for a modern day rock and roll band.
To this end, the list of artists that drew inspiration from the Velvet Underground is endless and continues to grow.
To commemorate what would be Lou Reed’s 74th birthday, we take a look at some of the best artists for whom the Velvet Underground was seminal influence.