“Sunday Morning” is the first track from the 1967 collaborative album between American rock band The Velvet Underground and singer Nico, titled “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. The track was written by Lou Reed (lead vocals and lead guitarist for TVU) and John Cale (pianist and viola player for TVU). The production of the soft rock track was done by American producer Tom Wilson, who worked with many great musicians, such as Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and of course, The Velvet Underground.
In the late stages of TVU and Nico’s collaborative album, Tom Wilson asked for a final song to be recorded on the album, with originally wanting Nico to sing the song’s lead vocals. However, once Wilson brought the band to record “Sunday Morning” in the Mayfair Recording Studios in Manhattan, Lou Reed ended up singing the lead vocals, with Nico singing back vocals. Lou Reed once stated that “Sunday Morning” was suggested by infamous New York artist Andy Warhol: “Andy said, ‘Why don’t you just make it a song about paranoia?’ I thought that was great so I came up with ‘Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you,’ which I feel is the ultimate paranoid statement in that the world cares enough to watch you.”
The music video for “Sunday Morning” was uploaded to the official TVU on the 12th March 2017 – the 50th anniversary of the “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album. The video features illustrations and animations from Chris McDaniel, showing psychedelic style circles, green and yellow colours and figures holding one another. As of May 2020, the video has 2.2 million views and 42 thousand likes.
Release Date: December 1966
Songwriter/s: Lou Reed & John Cale
Producer: Tom Wilson
Music Video Release Date: 12th March 2017
Music Video Director: James Eads
Chart Rankings: “Sunday Morning” ranked at #174 in French charts in its year of release.
The lyrics to “Sunday Morning” can be found here: LINK