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February 4, 2007

Searchin' for My Mainline

The one shot the Velvet Underground ever had at mainstream success was, of course, the memorable performance of "Sister Ray" on The Lawrence Welk Show in 1968:

Until seeing this video, I had no idea that a banjo was involved. (Not mentioned in this otherwise thorough Wikipedia entry, for example.) It's said that the engineer fled the studio while "Sister Ray" was being recorded. In his haste, he must have failed to mike all the instruments properly.

Posted by smclemee at February 4, 2007 11:01 AM


That's hilarious. Had me going for the first couple of bars. I thought, "Are they playing to a recorded vocal?"

Posted by: Ed at February 4, 2007 1:03 PM

Had me going for longer than I want to admit.

Posted by: Anthony Paul Smith at February 4, 2007 7:51 PM

please for the love of god
don't become one of those
"here's a video i found" blogs.
the web is not tv.

Posted by: vlorbik at February 9, 2007 11:46 AM

To Vlorbik,

Since its inception the web has been about text, it was the re-incarnation of the Gutenberg Galaxy. However, since the arrival of Youtube Web 2.0 is coming in full gear and the web is becoming TV. Youtube is now the sixth most popular site on the web (cfr. Alexa).

This shift was inevitable, the addictive nature of the moving image is just as much suited for your computerscreen as for television or the white screen.

Of course what will happen - and what is already happening (On February 2, 2007, Viacom demanded YouTube to take down more than 100,000 videos, all of which are held by MTV) is that the TV stations will want to host their own content instead of Youtube doing it for them and missing out on the advertising revenues.

Alternatively, some TV stations will allow Youtube to host their content, but will demand a share of the revenue.

However way you look at it, the days of the internet as text-only-medium are over.

What Youtube did right was to offer instantaneous access to moving image and sound, this has proven to be a new paradigm for the net.

Posted by: Jahsonic at February 19, 2007 7:24 AM