I’m sure this story has generated some great headlines around the world and it’s such an amusing story too. The Velvet Underground are suing the Andy Warhol Foundation over a banana. Not just any banana but the very one that was used on the Warhol designed cover for the band’s first album ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico‘. A limited number of the 1967 release featured an interactive banana (ooooohhh matron!) in which the skin was a sticker which could be peeled back to reveal the banana flesh and the instruction ‘peel slowly and see’
The image has surprisingly never been copyrighted and the band claim that it has become iconic and associated with them. The issue is that the image has been licensed to a number of products without the permission of the Velvets. It can be seen on iPad covers and shoes. Surely Ann Summers could do something with it couldn’t they? How about a Rampant Banana vibrator?
In spite of all the potential for schoolboy double entendre it does remain one of my favourite albums and influenced hundreds of bands and artists including a certain Mr Bowie. He has also been known to cover the odd Velvets song too. Enjoy three great tracks from the album now and enjoy an interesting modern take on that classic cover at the Heart On My Sleeve blog by clicking here.