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Performances Song History Lyrics

Who Loves the Sun?

Music/Lyrics: Lou Reed

Vocals: Trey (lead), All (backing)

Original Artist: The Velvet Underground

Original Album: Loaded (1970)

Albums: Live Phish 16

Debut: 1998-10-31

Historian: Mark Toscano

This song, the opening tune on The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, inaugurated Phish’s 1998 Halloween “musical costume.” The band covered it solidly, albeit a bit meekly, keeping their version completely faithful to the original. This opening on cautious ground helped set a solid foundation upon which they would build the madness of, among other things, the “Sweet Jane,” “Rock and Roll,” and “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” to come.

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