The Velvet Underground was band formed in New York City comprised mostly of Lou Reed, John Cale, Maureen Tucker and Sterling Morrison, though the lineup changed many times in their career spaning from 1965 to 1973 (though I asure you, none of their members EVER went to join AC/DC).

The band was financially backed by Andy Warhol. The band used his facility (The Factory) to practice until after the release of their first album "The Velvet Underground & Nico", considered to be one of the most influencial rock albums of all time. The music of the band varies greatly. On the first album the lyrics were mostly the braichild of Lou Reed while the music was dominated by John Cale's influence. Reed's down to Earth lyrics which detailed events in his everyday life were backed by Cale's screeching viola and guitar riffs he seems to have written in a manner designed simply to scare the audience.

Their live shows have been described as a horrifying orgasm. Often The Velvets stood on stage with deadpan faces while Andy Warhol had actors running and interacting with the crowd. They were often lit up with a projector playing disturbing and violent images, often including acts of Sadomasochism. At many shows fans passed out or left in utter fear.

On the rest of their albums the dominate force was Lou Reed's acoustic guitar, paticularly on the album "The Velvet Underground" (not to be confused with their first album "The Velvet Underground & Nico". This new style allowed Reed to truly open his work to a new level of emotional attachment.

The band split up in 1973 before the release of their last studio album "Loaded". The cause of the split was due to the pregnancy of drummer Maureen Tucker. On the album "Loaded" a slew of people took over Tuckers post on drums.

The band reunited for a final tour in the 93 with the original lineup excluding Nico, her songs were performed by John Cale.
"The Velvet Underground formed what we know was rock and roll music."
by Kyle Dee January 23, 2006
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A group of Hispanic high schoolers who do not associate with high schoolers of different races or in traditional cliches.
"This Class is full of Underground Mexicans."
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Here are a few bullet points:

* Music isn't found on MTV or the radio (unless it's a local or amateur station)

* Does not have concerts taking place in Stadiums or huge Arenas where you pay 50-80 dollars to get in.The city government do not close roads and check your bags like at a U2 concert.You don't need a pair of binocuolars.

* Will not be found in small(ish) chain record stores.You might find some in larger places in HMV if it has some signifigance but Tower Records is ussually better for that kind of stuff.

* Music in which singles are not released on widely available Compact Discs featuring 'Radio Edits','Album Versions','Remixes' or 'Music Videos.Instead are released on 7 inch Vinyl Records(7").
What mainstream listeners don't know is that in fact Vinyl Records are NOT something that people stopped listening to in the early 1980s and that throughout the 90s,Vinyl was the norm for most bands,ignoring shoddy cheap CDs and today in the age of itunes it is still being used.

* Music in which when the artists tour,they not get by in Fancy tour buses but in vans - ussually where the band will struggle to pay gas.Accomodation ussually consists of the band sleeping on somebodys floor and not in a 4-Star Hotel.

* Music which does not appear on the cover of next months Kerrang!,Total Guitar or Rolling Stone with an 'exclusive interview'.
Why?

Because we'd rather read self-published Fanzines used with a photocopier.

* Music in which Concerts are not advertised taking up whole pages in the National Newspaper.Something more along he lines of the band handing out flyers for their next show.

* Music which isn't recorded at fancy studios with famous producers like Flood.

* Music that isn't signed to a sublabel of the loved-to-be-hated Warner Music Group,Sony,Universal,EMI with big Epic sounding names like 'Atlantic','Capitol','Epic'.Nothing that calls themselves a 'Music Group' or 'Corporation'
Ussually smaller labels set up by bands who release stuff by other bands and don't give loads of crap about Copyright on the CD or Record.Simple and modest,and not scaring people telling them they will be jailed,sentenced to death,Burnt at the stake for public broadcasting,lending,unauthorized copying etc.
A Good example of a band who are into this thing are Godspeed You! Black Emperor.If you don''t know of this band or the 'post-rock' genre,please,keep reading.

* Music that doesn't have music videos shot for every single released.As when it comes to underground,a single is not much more than a 7-inch with a song on each side.Often never connected to albums.
Music videos are just a way of marketing.Most of favourite bands only have one or two music videos of songs that weren't even released as singles.And thats only the ones that are on the successful end of Underground.

* Music that will not have live footage shot professionally but by members of the audience who will always be close enough to the band to produce a good video.
The reasons why mainstream artists need pros to tape their concerts are
a) The majority of people filming use their phones
b) The crowd don't know how to shut up,thus blocking the sound on the camera
c) The people have such a bad taste in video.They'd rather watch what is basically a music video rather than how someone in the audience would see it (and hear it).
d) It can pass as 'commercial',release it on a DVD or sell it on itunes so the music industry will earn another few million.
person#1:Guess whats ironic? None of those 7 people over there have heard of Hawthorne Heights? They must be Underground!

person#2:So Fucking what?
They still appear in Kerrang!,the Warped Tour,and Virgin Megastores.That's NOT underground music!
by HtimS nhoJ July 27, 2009
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An immensely painful zit that develops seemingly under the epidermis and makes that spot sensitive to touch for days. A bit of a scientific oddity, since zits are supposed to be infected pores, but these things clearly have deeper intentions.
Jake: Whoa dude did you get hit in the forehead with a tack hammer?

Rob: What? Wait - sigh. It's my underground pimple.

Jake: Jesus dude, stick a needle in it already.
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music that is not heard on mainstream radio stations.
New:Yo have you heard that new Texas Hustle Click cd?
Seoc:Naa man, whats that?
New:that new underground music.
Seoc:is it on the radio?
New:No it's not, its UNDERGROUND MUSIC not Mainstream!!
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The Velvet Underground proved to the world that noise can be beautiful, thus influenced Jim Morrison, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, The Strokes, they invented punk.
Listen to the The Velvet Underground´s album White Light / White Heat and look at the year that was, you think that all the music sounded so at these times.
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