The Scenics

How Does It Feel to Be Loved: The Scenics Play the Velvet Underground

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Released around the same time as the band's full retrospective, Sunshine World: Studio Recordings 1977-1978, as if to bring it all back home to the godfathers of every band that played at CBGB around the same 1977-1978 time, Toronto's excellent Scenics prove they weren't/aren't afraid to honor stylistic debt by compiling an entire album of Velvets covers they blasted on various Toronto stages from 1977-1981. While that might sound so-so, unlike many who've covered Lou Reed and John Cale's visionaries, they got the point; similar to Sunshine World's Kinks and Tommy James covers, they play decade-old songs as if they'd written them, in their Verlaine/Byrne/Hell-updated panache. How is less essential than Sunshine World -- but equally fun.

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