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"All Tomorrow's Parties" is a song by the Velvet Underground and Nico, written by Lou Reed
Lou Reed
and released on the group's 1967 debut studio album, The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico. Inspiration for the song came from Reed's observation of the Warhol clique; according to Reed, the song is "a very apt description of certain people at the Factory at the time. ... I watched Andy. I watched Andy watching everybody. I would hear people say the most astonishing things, the craziest things, the funniest things, the saddest things."[2] In a 2006 interview Reed's bandmate John Cale stated: "The song was about a girl called Darryl, a beautiful petite blonde with three kids, two of whom were taken away from her."[3] The song was Andy Warhol's favorite by The Velvet Underground.[4] The song has notably lent its name to a music festival, a William Gibson novel, and a Yu Lik-wai film. The song also appears prominently in the horror film The Lords of Salem.

Contents

1 Recording 2 Personnel 3 Alternate versions

3.1 Ludlow Street
Ludlow Street
Loft, July 1965 3.2 Single version, July 1966 3.3 Other Alternate Versions

4 Cover versions 5 References

Recording[edit] The song was recorded at Scepter Studios in Manhattan
Manhattan
during April 1966. It features a piano motif played by Cale (initially written as an exercise) based largely on tone clusters. The repetitive keyboard part was inspired by the style of his friend Terry Riley, with whom Cale had played in LaMonte Young's mid 1960s group in New York City. It was one of the first pop songs to make use of prepared piano[5] (a chain of paper clips were intertwined with the piano strings to change their sounds). The song also features the ostrich guitar tuning by Reed, by which all of the guitar strings were tuned to D.[4] Drummer Maureen Tucker
Maureen Tucker
plays tambourine and bass drum while guitarist Sterling Morrison plays bass, an instrument that he hated, despite his proficiency as a bassist.[6][7] Nico
Nico
provides lead vocals. The song was originally recorded with only one track of her vocals; they were later double-tracked for the final album version. Most versions of the album use this version of the song, though the initial 1987 CD release uses the original mix without the double-tracking. Personnel[edit]

Nico
Nico
– double-tracked lead vocals Lou Reed
Lou Reed
– ostrich fretless electric guitar John Cale
John Cale
– prepared piano, viola Sterling Morrison
Sterling Morrison
– bass Maureen Tucker
Maureen Tucker
– bass drum, tambourine

Alternate versions[edit] Ludlow Street
Ludlow Street
Loft, July 1965[edit] The earliest known recorded version of "All Tomorrow's Parties" was recorded on reel to reel tape by Lou Reed, John Cale
John Cale
and Sterling Morrison in a New York apartment loft on Ludlow Street. With Reed on acoustic guitar, the song features a strong folk music sound—particularly in Cale and Morrison's harmony vocals—which critic David Fricke[8] suggests demonstrates Reed's fondness for Bob Dylan. This version, released on the Peel Slowly and See
Peel Slowly and See
box set, is composed of multiple takes, which add up to a time of 18:26. Single version, July 1966[edit] An edited version of the song was released in July 1966 as a single with "I'll Be Your Mirror" as a B-side. The song cuts out about half of the studio version at just under three minutes. It did not chart. This version later became available in 2002 on the "Deluxe Edition" of The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico. Other Alternate Versions[edit] An anniversary reissue of the album included an "alternate single voice version" and an "alternate instrumental mix." Cover versions[edit] Both Nico
Nico
and Lou Reed
Lou Reed
have recorded solo versions of the song. Other artists who have covered it include Jun Togawa, Apoptygma Berzerk,[9] the Ass Ponys, Buffalo Tom, Japan,[10] Bauhaus, Jeff Buckley, Icehouse,[11] Los Tres,[12] The Method Actors, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,[13] the Oysterband, Tom Robinson, Kikka Sirén, Simple Minds,[14] Siouxsie and the Banshees,[15] Rasputina, Kendra Smith, Bryan Ferry,[16] June Tabor, Johnette Napolitano, Iron and Wine, Deerhoof, Hole, The Music Tapes, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
, Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Les Rita Mitsouko
Les Rita Mitsouko
covered the song for the Velvet Underground tribute album Les Enfants du Velvet in 1985. An Israeli band, Tractor's Revenge, covered it for the 50th anniversary of the album. References[edit]

^ J. DeRogatis, Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Milwaukie, Michigan: Hal Leonard, 2003), ISBN 0-634-05548-8, p. 80. ^ Fricke, David (1995). Peel Slowly and See
Peel Slowly and See
liner notes, p.22 ^ "Uncut: John Cale
John Cale
on The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico". uncut.co.uk. Retrieved 12 Feb 2015.  ^ a b Harvard, Joe (2007) [2004]. The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico. 33⅓. New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 107 / 109–110. ISBN 0-8264-1550-4.  ^ Mitchell, Tim Sedition and Alchemy : A Biography of John Cale, 2003, ISBN 0-7206-1132-6 ^ Hoffman, Eric. "Examinations: An Examination of John Cale". Mental Contagion. Retrieved 24 October 2014. When I had to play viola, Sterling had to play bass, which he hated.  According to the website, the quote is from John Cale’s autobiography, What’s Welsh for Zen (NY: St. Martin’s Press (2000). ^ Tom Pinnock (18 September 2012). " John Cale
John Cale
on The Velvet Underground & Nico". Uncut. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  ^ David Fricke, liner notes for the Peel Slowly and See
Peel Slowly and See
box set (Polydor, 1995) ^ "Apoptygma Berzerk's All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties
cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico's All Tomorrow's Parties". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ "Japan's All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties
cover of The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
and Nico's All Tomorrow's Parties". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ Kelvin Hayes. "The Berlin Tapes review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ "Los Tres's All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties
cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico's All Tomorrow's Parties". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ "Full Albums: The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico » Cover Me". Covermesongs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13.  ^ MacKenzie Wilson. "Neon Lights review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ "O Baby, Pt. 1 review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  ^ Ned Raggett. "Taxi review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

v t e

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico

Songs

Side 1:

"Sunday Morning" "I'm Waiting for the Man" "Femme Fatale" "Venus in Furs" "Run Run Run" "All Tomorrow's Parties"

Side 2:

"Heroin" "There She Goes Again" "I'll Be Your Mirror" "The Black Angel's Death Song" "European Son"

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground Loaded Squeeze

v t e

The Velvet Underground

John Cale Lou Reed Sterling Morrison Moe Tucker Doug Yule

Willie Alexander Angus MacLise Nico Walter Powers Billy Yule

Studio albums

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
& Nico White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground Loaded Squeeze

Live albums

Live at Max's Kansas City 1969: The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
Live Live MCMXCIII Final V.U. 1971–1973 The Quine Tapes The Complete Matrix Tapes

Box sets and out-takes

VU Another View Peel Slowly and See

Compilations

Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed The Best of Lou Reed
Lou Reed
& The Velvet Underground The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection The Very Best of the Velvet Underground Gold

Songs

"After Hours" "All Tomorrow's Parties" "European Son" "Femme Fatale" "Here She Comes Now" "Heroin" "I Heard Her Call My Name" "I'll Be Your Mirror" "I'm Waiting for the Man" "Lady Godiva's Operation" "New Age" "Pale Blue Eyes" "Rock & Roll" "Run Run Run" "Sister Ray" "Stephanie Says" "Sunday Morning" "Sweet Jane" "The Black Angel's Death Song" "The Gift" "There She Goes Again" "Venus in Furs" "White Light/White Heat"

Tribute albums

Heaven & Hell Fifteen Minutes

Related articles

Discography Songs A Symphony of Sound Walter De Maria Exploding Plastic Inevitable Steve Sesnick Andy Warhol Tom Wilson Songs for Drella The Pizza Underground

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