The Velvets' second record, White Light/White Heat (1968), is their darkest, noisiest, ugliest record, with sludgy jams, drugged out and creepy lyrics. There's beauty in the ugly, though, and for proof I submit today's daily nugget. The second track of the record, "The Gift", featured a novel experiment: One channel features John Cale narrating the tragic tale of Waldo Jeffers (a short story written by Mr. Sunshine, Lou Reed); the other channel is a groovy instrumental (originally entitled "Booker T" after the Memphis r'n'b great) with slash-and-burn guitars dueling it out. If you got tired of the story (and, to be honest, most will only need to hear it a few times), you could pan your speakers hard right and just hear the instrumental, but only through one speaker. I've always hoped that the original track of the band working their magic in stereo would surface, but until then, here's the instrumental track converted to mono (with special thanks to Google and Audacity).
Hint: Go ahead and turn this one all the way up. Also, The Quine Tapes are about to be reissued on vinyl by the good people at Sundazed.
The Velvet Underground, "The Gift" [mono instrumental]: