The Velvet Underground Meets Lawrence Welk

The worlds of the Velvet Underground and Lawrence Welk are pretty far apart. On the one side, you have a gritty New York band city writing lyrics about shooting up heroin. On the other, a bandleader whose “champagne music” charmed TV viewers across Middle America for 27 straight years. And yet. And yet.

In this 2007 YouTube classic, director/producer Darren Hacker found a way to cross the chasm, mashing up VU’s 1968 song “Sister Ray” with footage from the Lawrence Welk Show. As he explained to Dangerous Minds, “I rigged up 2 ancient VCRs and a CD player across my living room floor, layed down on my stomach, cued everything up and then manually activated all 3 devices at precise intervals, live…in real time. One take, no edits…” Everything lined up, just like that.

Enjoy “Lawrence Welk Meets Velvet Underground” and imagine a moment when, circa 1968, VU went mainstream on the milquetoast Lawrence Welk Show.

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