SUNDAY: MOOOOOOORE MUSIC!
The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning (1966-7)
“Sunday Morning” by the Velvet Underground is the opening track on their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico.
The song was also released through a single in 1966 with “Femme Fatale” as a b-side.
The song was recorded on a Sunday morning with Lou Reed singing the lead vocals and Nico (amazing Nico!) only singing the backing vocals of the song. The song features the use of the celesta, a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard, played by John Cale who noticed the instrument in the studio and decided to use it for the song.
The song is unique for the atmosphere which it creates, an atmosphere resembling for great part to “dream pop”, a subgenera of the today loved indie pop and alternative rock, originating in the UK in the mid 80s. Just like most of the music in the 60s and 70s, Sunday Morning is a sui-generis dream avant-garde for the years in which it was created.