"Run Run Run"
Recording: Studio Recording, Scepter Studios, New York, 1966
In 1966, Columbia Records rejected an initial version of The Velvet Underground and Nico the band had submitted to them, deeming it impossible to market and difficult to enjoy. For years, this version was lost to the sands of time, until a record collector discovered an acetate copy of that album being sold on a New York City sidewalk in 2002. The differences between this early version of the album and the one that was eventually released by Verve are actually pretty minor, outside of the addition of the more pop oriented songs "Sunday Morning" and "There She Goes Again."
The early version of "Run Run Run," however, is a particularly driving and bass heavy rendition of the already intense song. Its riff seems to be flipped upside down, the quick rhythmic highs are now slow plodding lows. The rhythm section thumps underneath Reed’s vocals with impressive force, turning the song bluesy at-the-crossroads song into something much more proto-metal.