If there’s anything better than the alt-pop charm of The Velvet Underground’s iconic song ‘Venus In Furs’, then it has to be this cover of the song recorded by none other than the lead singer of Blondie, the brilliant Debbie Harry.
Covers of the Velvet Underground very rarely match the intensity that the band emanated in New York during the 1960s—but if anyone matched their burning passion it would the enigmatic singer Harry.
The song, released by the Lou Reed-led band on their iconic album The Velvet Underground & Nico, acts as an atypical song from the group’s extensive back catalogue. It marries the dark tones of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch with some intrinsic pop sensibilities.
The material was written by the astounding mind of Lou Reed and was a prominent song on the band’s 1967 record. It’s the type of track which would scare many artists off, but most artists aren’t like Debbie Harry.
The landmark singer of new wave heroes Blondie has been known to take on many an unreachable song to make it her own, her cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’ is a particular favourite—but even she must’ve had reservations about taking on the alt-pop gold.
She needn’t have worried as the singer transcends the decades between her and the Velvet Underground and embodies the emblem of New York city cool with a simple swish of her impeccable vocal.
Listen below to Debbie Harry’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus In Furs’.