This year marks the 40th anniversary of the album The Velvet Underground and Nico. Rolling Stone has an article on 10 lesser known but interesting facts about what they refer to as the first album that could truly be described as “alternative.” One of the stories contained in the piece involved Andy Warhol’s limited involvement (for someone credited as a producer) in the creation of the recording.
Although he didn’t try to specifically shape the band in his own image, Warhol did make some suggestions. One of his more eccentric ideas for the track “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” Reed’s delicate ballad inspired by his simmering romantic feelings towards Nico, never came to fruition. “We would have the record fixed with a built-in crack so it would go, ‘I’ll be your mirror, I’ll be your mirror, I’ll be your mirror,’ so that it would never reject,” Reed explained in Victor Bockris’ Uptight: The Velvet Underground Story. “It would just play and play until you came over and took the arm off.”
I’m not sure how well that particular change would have gone over. I have a scratch on my copy of Built To Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love and it repeats the line, “other’s say she’s shy” over and over again. As an unintended lock groove, it’s fantastic, but it can be a bit disruptive when you are trying to listen to the rest of the record.