Yes, the Yardbirds actually covered the Velvet Underground

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      I can only image that the collective dreaming of an ardent subset of record nerds actually willed this thing into existence.

      Thanks to the ever magical Aquarium Drunkard website, please enjoy this bootleg—here— of the Yardbirds SMASHING their way through VU's "I'm Waiting for the Man" at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, 1968. 

      As they write at AQ, Jimmy Page and his bandmates replace the cramped and uptight feel of the original with "their patented rave up groove," something that I'm sure would have met with a withering display of "encouragement" from Lou Reed if he heard it. 

      The quality also isn't great, but come on—it's not like the original was a model of high fidelity. 


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      A. MacInnis

      Jan 16, 2013 at 12:10pm

      Holy crap! I might just spin Roger the Engineer when this is over... far out!

      John Lucas

      Jan 17, 2013 at 3:59pm

      Not as good as Susan Boyle's version.

      Ed Banger

      Jan 28, 2013 at 1:43pm

      Yardbirds played Kerrisdale Arena a couple of times in '67 - as well as the Gardens. Very under-rated band.