"One of These Days"
Recording: Studio Recording, V.U., New York, September 23, 1969
As a music nerd today might idolize the early days of hip-hop and obsessively collect 12’ singles and records from obscure and forgotten artists, in the 1960s Lou Reed was a doo-wop nerd who love to listen to and collect the works of obscure doo-wop combos. This might come as something of a surprise, as the Velvet Underground was a rock band and their music didn’t involve the same kind of multi-part harmonies and acapella singing that makes doo-wop. One can, however, see its traces in many of the band’s arrangements, such as on the song "One of These Days," another track recorded in 1969 that went unreleased until 1985. The song merges country twang with complexly-layered falsetto harmonies, reminiscent of Reed’s obsession. While it might be interesting to hear a version of the Velvet Underground that fully embraced Reed’s passion for this retro sound, it’s this kind of hidden influence that made the band legendary. Influences came from all angles, but in the end, they coalesced so completely that they are unrecognizable.