I'm Waiting for the Man
Name = I'm Waiting for the Man
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground and Nico
track_no = 2
Released = March
Recorded = May 1966 T.T.G. Studios,
Genre = Rock
Length = 4:39
I'm Waiting for the Man"
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European Son""I'm Waiting for the Man" is a song by the American rock band The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed. It was first released on their 1967 debut album, " The Velvet Underground and Nico".
The song chronicles a man purchasing 26 dollars worth of heroin in a
Harlem brownstonenear the intersection of Lexington Avenueand 125th Street, the "man" in the song's title being a Puerto Ricandrug dealer. Along with traditional guitar, bass, and drums, the song also features pounding, percussive rock-and-roll barrelhouse-style piano. It is one of the band's more popular songs, and one of their many compositions featuring drug abuseas subject matter. After leaving the band in 1970, Lou Reed continued to incorporate the song into his solo live performances. Reed does not often sing the song himself anymore.
In 2004, "
Rolling Stone" magazine ranked it #159 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/11028260/the_rs_500_greatest_songs_of_all_time/2 The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time] at " Rolling Stone" (101-200)] [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6596004/im_waiting_for_the_man I'm Waiting for the Man] at " Rolling Stone"]
Ludlow Street Loft, July 1965
" box set.
cepter Studios, April 1966
Before the final album version of the song was re-recorded at T.T.G. Studios,
Hollywood, California, a different take of the song was originally recorded at Scepter Studios in New York City. This take of the song is slightly shorter, the piano is less audible and instead of drums, a tambourine is employed. Also of note is that Reed sings "I'm waiting for "the" man" at the beginning of the song. Through the album version, Reed sings "I'm waiting for "my" man."
Velvet Underground members
Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, and Maureen Tuckerhave all recorded solo versions of the song. Other artists who have recorded covers of it include Cheap Trick, Bauhaus (with Nico), David Bowie, Sheep on Drugs, The Celibate Rifles, Tom Robinson, The Riffs, Vanessa Paradis, Alberto Motta, Été 67, Eater, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Darkand Slaughter & The Dogs. Debbie Harryfrequently ended her live sets with the song between 1989 and 1991. Zwanand late Smashing Pumpkinsalso incorporated the song in their live set list. The original recording was also included, in remixed form, on the 2 Many DJscompilation album " As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2". San Francisco-based Tea Leaf Greencovered the song during a performance at Moe's Alley Blues Club in Santa Cruz, Californiaon December 15, 2005. Serbian rockband Električni Orgazamrecorded a version on their 1983cover album "Les Chanosones Populaires". In 1997, The song also appeared on David Bowie"'s Live: Santa Monica '72" featuring Mick Ronson on guitar. This performance was used in the 2000film Almost Famous. Whilst Death Cab for Cutiehave not covered the song, the repeated lyric 'To a brownstone, up three flights of stairs' in their song No Joy in Mudvilleis a direct lift from I'm Waiting For The Man.
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