Underground dating

Fifty years after its release, the LP still sounds stunningly original, providing inspiration and a blueprint for everything from lo-fi punk rock to highbrow avant-garde – and so much in between.

Read on for 10 fascinating facts about the album’s creation. Lou Reed first united with John Cale to play a knockoff of "The Twist."Reed's professional music career took root in 1964 when he was hired as a staff songwriter at Pickwick Records, an NYC-based budget label specializing in soundalikes of contemporary chart-toppers.

What really goes on under that mountain lair, the world may never know.

A half-century on, The Velvet Underground and Nico remains the quintessential emblem of a certain brand of countercultural cool. Pepper kind but an eerier, artier, more NYC-rooted strain.

Released on March 12th, 1967, the Velvet Underground's debut was an album that brought with it an awareness of the new, the possible and the darker edge of humanity.

Eventually, the blasting crew hit a rock that couldn’t be blasted as easily anymore – plus they struck water.

The water became a resource that transformed the underground archive facility into a self-sufficient vault that could withstand a nuclear blast and provide running water to those inside.

The action made it into the media, and the public outrage forced the Church to remove the names of all Holocaust victims and survivors from the LDS Church archival records – and assured the public that the posthumous baptism of those Jews would not take place unless those Jews were the ancestor of a modern Mormon and had that family member’s permission.

That particular controversy reveals a much deeper (pun intended) and more sinister motive behind the underground collection of human death records.

In the Mormon digital archives at Family Search.org, I found a 1940 census of that town, detailing my grandmother’s marital status, birth year, name of husband, names of children and the fact that she had lived in the same house since 1935.

A devout Catholic, I can’t imagine that my grandmother would be very pleased to learn that her name was part of such a religious genealogy collection – part of a collection of names that the LDS church very likely hopes to posthumously baptize in its massive effort to help the world achieve what it surely believes to be passage into the Kingdom of God.

As is usually the case with most religions, the motives are typically spiritual rather than material in nature.

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