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Tasteless Velvet Underground

14 April 2007 - Amsterdammer Berend Dubbe performed songs from the first Velvet Underground LP in schlager, easy listening, latin and crooner versions in New York. Original band members were present.

At the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the legendary ‘peelable banana’ LP, an exhibition on the band was opened. According to one of the organisers, Dubbe - previously a member of Bettie Serveert - was just the man to sing at the opening.

“And he was right about that”, he told het Parool in advance. “No one can perform the Velvet Underground material in such a tasteless manner as I can. People are allowed to laugh, but the best thing would be if half the audience thinks: Jesus, what a prick is that!”

Afterwards, het Parool called Dubbe again, to hear what Lou Reed had thought of his show. Apparently, Reed had not said much.

“He just isn’t very kind”, Dubbe said. “But hey, he is Lou Reed, right! I felt very honoured when he asked me in that restaurant: what are you having as a first course, soup or something else?”

Masochist Velvet Underground fans: listen to Dubbe (under the name Bud Benderbe) here


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