The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band The Velvet Underground, released in 1967. The album features a mix of experimental and avant-garde music, with lyrics that explore themes of drug use, sexual deviance, and urban decay.
The album's iconic cover, designed by artist Andy Warhol, features a banana that can be peeled off to reveal a suggestive pink fruit underneath. The album includes several classic tracks, including "Sunday Morning," "I'm Waiting for the Man," and "Heroin," which have become staples of the rock canon.
The Velvet Underground & Nico was not a commercial success upon its release, but it has since become one of the most influential and celebrated albums in the history of rock music. The album's experimental approach and provocative subject matter paved the way for a generation of punk and alternative rock bands, and it continues to inspire and captivate music fans around the world.