Recording: Studio Recording, V.U., New York, May 6, 1969
Unlike more "mainstream" cultural counterparts, the Velvet Underground never really had a kind of White Album moment, where they explored their specific musical talents through various genres. Instead, they were experimental in a much more personal way, trying on various topics, moods, rhythms, and sounds with a touch lighter than full genre cosplay. Instead of spreading their talent from country to pop, they traveled themselves between extremes of tone, from the harsh and glaring to the quiet and thoughtful. The 1969 studio sessions, recorded between trips touring across America, seem to be the most subtle in this regard, belying a triumph of collective creativity and friendship amongst the band members than any kind of grand artistic vision. The song "Foggy Notion" is one of the best examples of this attitude. The song is quirky and unassuming. Moe Tucker’s drums snap, the Doug Yule’s bass wanders, but all circle around Reed’s half-sung have monologued vocals.