The Beach Nuts

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The Beach Nuts were one of several studio-only groups that released tracks to which Lou Reed contributed in the mid-1960s, when he was a staff songwriter and session musician at the budget/exploitation…
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The Beach Nuts were one of several studio-only groups that released tracks to which Lou Reed contributed in the mid-1960s, when he was a staff songwriter and session musician at the budget/exploitation label Pickwick. "Cycle Annie" is the one Beach Nuts track to have attained reasonably wide circulation to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground fans, via its inclusion on the Velvet Underground rarities bootleg The Velvet Underground Etc.. It's not a bad hot-rod tune with Chuck Berry-styled guitar, and those nonchalant vocals cannot belong to anyone but Lou Reed. It was originally a track on a crazy compilation LP, Soundsville, with various artists -- the Hi-Lifes, the Roughnecks, the J Brothers, the Liberty Men, Jeannie Larimore, the Hollywoods, and Connie Carson -- illustrating various genres (The Sounds of New York, The Sounds of Nashville, The Sounds of Detroit, The Sounds of Surfing, The Sounds of the Campus, The Sounds of England) with one or two tracks apiece. "Cycle Annie" was the cut to illustrate The Sounds of the Motorcycle.