Doug Yule
American musician
Doug Yule
Douglas Alan Yule is an American musician and singer, most notable for being a member of The Velvet Underground from 1968 to 1973.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We serve the singer, the song, the soloist, and ultimately the listener. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, voice, horns, wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums and percussion-the bass player determines how a musical chord actually sounds - which, in essence -often determines whether or not you'll like the track. Do the math! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and I congratulate all the artists: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation began in 1983 there has been much controversy over who belongs and who does not. It's no different than sports Halls of Fame. Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down ...
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Albert Hammond Jr. on new EP <i>AHJ</i>, 10th Anniversary of the Strokes' <i>Room on Fire</i>
Huffington Post - about 3 years
To know Albert Hammond Jr. is to know his appearance just as well as his anthems. You might remember the heels of the frizzy-haired rocker's white sneakers curling in as he unleashed a napalm nightmare of a guitar solo on "Take It Or Leave It" during the Strokes' Late Show With David Letterman set in 2002. Your humble journalist's memorable Albert Hammond Jr. image was ingrained during the Strokes' 2006 performance at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Fla., when a robin's-egg-blue Fender Stratocaster was held against his black vest, bound by a cherry-red strap with a white lightning bolt. Longtime fans and new ones caught Hammond on this year's feature story with NME, which showed a picture of him glancing soberly at the camera as he divulged his former heroin and cocaine habits in syringe-sharp detail. So when I spoke to Hammond over the phone -- as opposed to in person -- this past November, I knew I'd receive something beyond the bold attitude and telegenic charm of which I was accust ...
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Watch Out, the World's Behind You: RIP Lou Reed (1942-2013)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
You know the mantra: Sex, drugs, rock &amp; roll. It's been an expression longer than Les Paul guitars have existed, but very few people chronicled the lifestyle candidly and compellingly. With the help of one man, a young New York city slicker named Lou Reed would learn to siphon his existential observations into a rock and roll art form; to write what he lived, and live what he wrote. A student of Syracuse writing professor Delmore Schwartz, Reed absorbed his teacher's philosophical and deeply meditative nature. Referring to Schwartz as the first "great man" he ever encountered, Reed would credit Schwartz as the one who inspired him to express himself in a concrete, no holds barred fashion. When Schwartz passed away in 1966, it left an inextricable mark on Reed's soul. Conflating the lyrical influences of his professor with his own rated-R indulgences, Reed would become a poet laureate for the twitchy drug-dealers, S&amp;M freaks, and bastards of young. "When I'm rushing on my run ...
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Lou Reed Dead: Legendary Rock Musician Dies At 71
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Legendary musician Lou Reed has died, Rolling Stone reported on Sunday. He was 71. The Guardian confirmed the report, citing Reed's agent. BBC also confirmed the report. His exact cause of death was not immediately revealed, but the AP said it was a "liver-related ailment." Earlier this year, he received a life-saving liver transplant after experiencing chronic liver failure. Reed was open about his addiction to drugs and alcohol in his music. He'd been sober for decades, but his past drug use took a heavy toll on his body. In "Heroin," he wrote: “Heroin, be the death of me/Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life.” Reed is best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, and his solo career. Reed had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. His work with Andy Warhol is noted as one of the most important collaborations in contemporary culture. Though the Velvet Underground saw lim ...
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The Velvet Underground
The Guardian - almost 5 years
The Velvet Underground was a band that was always trying to find itself. The collective figures, led most prominently by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, were always searching for a distinct, signature sound, and with each new album it looked as if they were trying something different. The band’s debut, The Velvet Underground &amp; Nico, displayed an emerging rock presence fruiting to life. The songs are packed with dark themes and tough New York City swagger, characteristics which became staples in the band’s demeanor. The album has long been considered the Velvets crowning achievement, but it was by no means everything the band had in store. Their next record, White Light/White Heat, could arguably be considered the first “true” Velvet Underground record, one made without the assistance of an outside voice or Warhol breathing down their necks. It was the band in their rawest and loudest form, with distortion cranked all the way up while flying on ampheta ...
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MUSIC REVIEWS - Montreal Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
Imagine Doug Yule-fronted VU as covered by lo-fi indie rockers. 7.5 (LC) With Caroline Keating at Casa del Popolo, Wed., Aug. 31, 9 pm, $6 A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH And Hell Will Follow Me (SPV) This was forty-five minutes of my life that I will never
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David Bowie: cantor está aposentado da música, diz biógrafo - Whiplash! RockSite
Google News - over 5 years
Ao repassar 1971, Trynka menciona a visita do cantor aos EUA, onde Bowie ouviu os Stooges pela primeira vez e encontrou Doug Yule do Velvet Underground, a quem ele erroneamente identificou como sendo Lou Reed. E mais importante, Bowie reinventou-se
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David Bowie 'Likely' Retired From Music, Biographer Says - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
In recounting 1971, Trynka mentions the singer&#39;s visit to America, where Bowie heard the Stooges for the first time and met the Velvet Underground&#39;s Doug Yule, whom he mistakenly thought was Lou Reed. More importantly, Bowie reinvented himself as a
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Class of '78: Up The Junction With Squeeze - Crawdaddy! The Magazine of Rock
Google News - over 5 years
Formed in 1974 by Difford, Tilbrook, and keyboardist Jools Holland, the band named themselves after a late stage album by the Velvet Underground (Doug Yule-era). A round of singles, an ep and a debut album that was mostly produced by the VU&#39;s John Cale
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Steven Shehori: Criminally Overlooked Albums: Squeeze by Doug Yule's Velvet ... - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Although shell-shocked, the rest of the members soldiered on as a musical entity, with Doug Yule being the obvious choice to take over the frontman role. Yule was the young fellow who replaced John Cale after the Velvet Underground&#39;s White Light
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Concert Review: Sanjaya Malakar - Musicquarium Lounge, Seattle, WA - 06/14/2011 - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Huddled around a single microphone, the instruments and voices of Doug Yule, Cary Lung, and Tom Collicott blended together beautifully. Allen-Zito, accompanying herself on her mother&#39;s (folk singer Linda Allen) acoustic guitar, sang songs from her
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American Idol Alumni Pitch In To Benefit Cancer Support Group - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Google News - over 5 years
RedDog is the current project of former Velvet Underground member Doug Yule. He left rock &amp; roll behind long ago, after singing and playing on classic albums such as The Velvet Underground (1969) and Loaded (1970). In the mid-&#39;70s, he worked with
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No Bette does it better: Film legend Bette Davis inspires tribute CD - Taunton Daily Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
In fact, Bellin has worked with one-time Velvet Underground band member Doug Yule. Although most recently he&#39;s been living in Philadelphia, where he heads up Stereoriffic Recordings and creates solo music and visual art, Mellin is a Boston-area native
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The Loves - ... Love You - Festivalinfo
Google News - almost 6 years
Love You is het nogal weirde &#39;It&#39;s… The End Of The World&#39;, waarin Doug Yule van Velvet Underground de stem van Jezus verzorgt. Deze song is de meest originele van het album, al klinkt er wel een invloed door van de vroege Flaming Lips
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8 Bands You Need to Hear: Family Trees - The L Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
Even Doug Yule was awesome. We are definitely more &quot;Lonesome Cowboy Bill&quot; than &quot;Heroin.&quot; The Trade Winds&#39; &quot;New York&#39;s a Lonely Town.&quot; Amazing fake Beach Boys song about a kid moving from California and being bummed that no one surfs
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The Loves – ... Love You - NU.nl
Google News - almost 6 years
The End Of The World waar The Velvet Undergrounds Doug Yule, duidelijk geamuseerd door het idee, het antwoordapparaat van Jezus Christus gestalte geeft. Eigenlijk maakt het ook niets uit of ... Love You wel of niet pastiche is
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; At Library, a New View of Velvet Underground
NYTimes - over 7 years
Have a burning question you've wanted to pose to the Velvet Underground since that down-and-out New York art-rock band broke up in the 1970s? Want to know who's coughing on the recording of ''Who Loves the Sun'' or when we'll see an official CD release for ''Squeeze''? You may finally have a chance to get the answers. On Dec. 8 three members of the
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POP MUSIC;Out of the Vault and Ready to Wrap
NYTimes - about 21 years
IN RECENT YEARS, RECORD companies have been repackaging their back catalogues as lavish, multiple-CD boxed sets geared for holiday gift giving. This year the companies have dug deeper into their vaults to offer first-time sets from some of the last of the holdouts among their top artists. There are also sets from lesser-known artists and labels and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Yule
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 61
    On December 8, 2009, Yule appeared with his former Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker at the New York Public Library, to commemorate the publishing of The Velvet Underground - New York Art, a collection of rare photographs of the band's first performance in New York City to Andy Warhol's cover designs.
    More Details Hide Details They conducted a Q&A with a sold-out live audience, and David Fricke acted as moderator to the event.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007 he was playing in an old-time band called RedDog.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    Yule currently lives in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, with his partner Beth, his son Dan, and two dogs. He plays fiddle and builds violins. In 2006, in addition to his appearance with Mark Gardener, he played bass on a brief tour with the Weisstronauts, a Boston surf rock group.
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    On August 31, 2006, Yule performed for the first time in public in New York City in over 30 years with Mark Gardener of Ride at Pianos.
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  • 2000
    Age 52
    He played some concerts in 2000, while the live album Live in Seattle was released in Japan in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He also featured on Tucker's live album Moe Rocks Terrastock.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    After having taken up the violin, Yule began to record music again in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details A song called "Beginning To Get It" appeared on the benefit compilation A Place to Call Home in 1998.
  • 1996
    Age 48
    Controversially, Yule was not included in the original line-up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the Velvet Underground were inducted in 1996, despite his involvement with the band's third and fourth albums, The Velvet Underground and Loaded, but it should be noted that the Hall of Fame (dismissed by Tucker as the "Hall of Lame") has been criticized for their arbitrary manner in who they pick for nomination and induction.
    More Details Hide Details However, Yule remains a member of the Velvet business partnership, and continued to give the occasional interview about his time in the group.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    When the Velvet Underground reformed in the early 1993, Sterling Morrison had campaigned for Yule's involvement, but Lou Reed and John Cale ultimately overruled him, thus leaving Yule off the band's six-week reunion tour of Europe, and the subsequent live album Live MCMXCIII.
    More Details Hide Details Following the continual interest in the Velvet Underground, and partly due to the publicity of the band's released box set Peel Slowly and See in 1995, Yule, who had by then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, returned to public life, again giving interviews to journalists and various fanzines about his time in the Velvet Underground. In one of them, he wrote an obituary for Sterling Morrison, who had died in 1995.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    In early 1976 Yule was tapped to do session guitar work on Night Lights (1976) by Elliott Murphy, and then he joined the band American Flyer later that year as their drummer and background singer. American Flyer was an active country rock band from 1976 to 1978, and the band also featured the guitarist Steve Katz of Blood, Sweat & Tears. After securing a major-label contract with United Artists, and managing to interest George Martin enough to bring him on board as their producer, American Flyer's debut album "American Flyer" debuted at #87 on the Billboard Top 200, and they even scored a minor hit with their single "Let Me Down Easy" which debuted at #80 in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the promise showed on their first album, their follow-up album "Spirit of a Woman" (also produced by Martin) failed to chart as high, and didn't carry the momentum the label expected, and the band decided to hang it up. After American Flyer disbanded, Yule retired from doing music full-time, and became a cabinetmaker and a luthier of violins.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    Following the tour the band dissolved, but Yule was called back by Reed in 1975 to record several guitar and bass tracks for his upcoming album Coney Island Baby, the 30th anniversary re-issue of which includes the bonus tracks that feature Yule on bass and guitar.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    In 1974, Lou Reed contacted Yule to contribute a melodic bass track on his solo album Sally Can't Dance (1974), (on the song "Billy", which closes the album) and joined Reed's band for the subsequent US & European tour as his guitar player.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    It was released in February 1973 in the UK only, and is in essence a Doug Yule solo album, though presented as a Velvet Underground album due to band manager Steve Sesnick's contractual agreement with Polydor, and due to the success of Live at Max's Kansas City, which had received positive reviews the previous year.
    More Details Hide Details After two final shows in early '73 (billed by the promoter as "The Velvet Underground", against Yule's wishes), the band was officially retired.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    With Ian Paice of Deep Purple and some session musicians, Yule recorded the album Squeeze in late 1972.
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    With no original band members left, and with a group of quickly assembled musicians, Yule played the final shows as the Velvet Underground in 1972.
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  • 1971
    Age 23
    Following the release of Loaded in Europe in the spring of 1971, Morrison left the group in August to resume his academic studies in Texas, and was replaced by Willie Alexander on keyboards.
    More Details Hide Details Alexander, Powers and Tucker left the Velvets in late 1972 after being forced out by manager Steve Sesnick prior to a handful of European shows to promote Loaded in Europe.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    Yule's lead vocals can be heard on the song "She's My Best Friend" which was recorded in 1969 and later appeared on the outtakes compilation "VU", and on the band's fourth album, Loaded (1970), Yule's role became even more prominent, singing the lead vocals on several songs on the LP ("Who Loves the Sun", "New Age", "Lonesome Cowboy Bill", and "Oh!
    More Details Hide Details Sweet Nuthin'"), and playing six instruments (including keyboard and drums). Yule's brother, Billy, also joined in on the sessions as a drummer, as regular drummer Maureen Tucker was pregnant and therefore absent for most of the recording. Yule's lead vocals can also be heard on the song "Ride Into The Sun", which was featured on the Fully Loaded CD reissue of Loaded that was released in 1997. Lou Reed left the Velvet Underground following the final show of the Velvets' Summer residency at the New York club Max's Kansas City in August 1970. With band manager Steve Sesnick looking to fill pending bookings, and with the upcoming release of Loaded in November of that year, Yule, Tucker and Morrison decided to continue performing as the Velvet Underground to promote the album. Yule took over lead vocals and switched his main instrument from bass to guitar, and Walter Powers was recruited as the Velvets' new bass guitarist.
  • 1968
    Age 20
    When John Cale left the Velvet Underground at the behest of Lou Reed in 1968, Yule joined the band (then consisting of Reed, Morrison and Maureen Tucker) as Cale's replacement.
    More Details Hide Details Yule made his first studio appearance on their third album, The Velvet Underground (1969), playing bass and organ, as well as singing lead vocals on the ballad "Candy Says" which opens the album, and co-singing the chorus of the album's penultimate track, "The Murder Mystery", with Maureen Tucker. Yule's contribution to the LP was considerable, and his vocals would later come in handy on the road. When Reed's voice became strained from touring, Yule would sing lead on several songs. While Cale had been a more experimental bass player, Yule was considered more technically proficient on the bass than Cale and his distinct melodic style suited Reed's desire to move the band into a more mainstream direction.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 18
    In 1966 and 1967 he played with the Grass Managerie and other bands in Boston, New York, and California.
    More Details Hide Details Yule first met the Velvet Underground at his River Street apartment in Boston, which he happened to be renting from the Velvets' road manager, Hans Onsager. The band would sometimes stay there when they played in Boston. At the time, Yule was constantly practicing on his guitar. Sterling Morrison noticed how much his playing had improved over time, and mentioned it to Lou Reed.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on February 25, 1947.
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