Lemmy: Warhol Superstar???

Listening to the Velvet Underground and Nico I do not hear much Warhol on it.  Surely he provided the look with the album cover but the sound is not very Andy.  You have to listen to the Quine tapes to hear the Warhol sound.  I am thinking of the 38 minute version of Sister Ray on disk two.  The seemingly endless drones on that track provide something of a soundtrack to Warhol's Sleep or Empire.  But not really.  The Velvet sound is too diverse to be truly Warholian.

And then I came across a Motorhead concert from 1981 that struck me as pure Warhol.  See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVlxCA6lRKY.  Three minute songs, the length of a screen test, in rapid succession.  The brutal assault of repetition.  Each song sounding exactly the same as the last until you are pummeled into submission.   This is the soundtrack for 2/2 Stories for Warhol.   ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.  Ed Sanders' Amphetamine Head.  No sleep til Brooklyn, pure speed metal.  Substitute (yes the reference to the ultimate Pop band, the Who, is intentional) the Ramones if you want.  But there is something attractive about viewing Lemmy as a potential Warhol superstar.

And for the fuck of it here is a Dead Boys concert, if the Mimeo Revolution had a soundtrack this might be it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnByh56iHLw&feature=related

Or maybe this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODR6rGcluRs.  The quality of the footage is perfect.  More than punk, 60s Garage rock is the perfect compliment to the Mimeo Revolution.  True DIY, pure Americana.  Lester Bangs had it right.  In a perfect world the dancing girls would include Teri Garr and Toni Basil.



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