“There She Goes Again”
Recording: Rehearsal Recording, The Factory, New York, 1966
The staccato riff that opens “There She Goes Again” is a common one, originally used in 1962 by Marvin Gaye on his single "Hitch Hike," and subsequently by Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones for their cover of Marvin’s original. Reed, who likely culled the intro from the Stones’ version, obviously saw "There She Goes Again" as a pop concession, an attempt to make his album more palatable and, more importantly, recognizable to potential listeners.
In this demo from a rehearsal of their early songs at Andy Warhol’s Factory, in a period just before they released their debut album, it’s interesting to hear them struggle with the song’s tone. The first rendition skirts between the sound of their heavier songs, like “Run Run Run" or "I’m Waiting For The Man," and the poppy sunshine of "Sunday Morning" as a tambourine rattles nervously in the background. Next, they add German songstress Nico to the vocals, hoping that her distinctive singing would lift the track up into the air. When the album was released, the band had clearly struck a balance between their experimental noise and the pop tendencies of "There She Goes Again" to the song's DNA, but it’s fun to observe them before they had gotten it quite right.