- After Hours (song)
Name = After Hours
The Velvet Underground
Album = The Velvet Underground
Released = March 1969
track_no = 10
Recorded = November-December 1968 Sunset and Highland Sound,
Rock and roll
Length = 2:07
Composer = Lou Reed
Producer = The Velvet Underground
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prev = "The Murder Mystery"
prev_no = 9
"After Hours" is a 1969 song written by
Lou Reedand originally performed by The Velvet Underground. It is the tenth and final track on their self-titled album. It is one of few songs with lead vocals by drummer Maureen Tucker, as Lou Reed stated the song was "so innocent and pure" that he could not possibly sing it himself. Tucker's vocals are accompanied by acoustic and bass guitar.
The song was re-recorded by
Maureen Tuckerwith instrumentation by The Changelingsin 2002. It was released on the single I'm Sticking with You / After Hours.
The lyrics for the song were later rewritten in 2006 for the
Michel Gondryfilm " The Science of Sleep" under the title "If You Rescue Me". In the film, the character Stéphane dreams he is performing the song dressed as a kitten. The film's soundtrack features two versions of the song, one titled "If You Rescue Me (A Capella)" performed by Linda Serbu and one titled "If You Rescue Me (Chanson des Chats)" performed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Sacha Bourdo, Alain Chabatand Aurelia Petit.
R.E.M. performed the song whilst touring the album, Green, one performance being recorded on the
TourfilmDVD. Blind Melonsinger Shannon Hoonsang it briefly at a concert. Meg White, of the White Stripes, covered the song on 12/31/2000 to conclude their New Year's Eve concert. Anthony Kiedisand John Frusciante, of Red Hot Chili Peppers, played the song in 1991 on a boat while being interviewed by the VPROin Amsterdam, Holland. Rilo Kileyalso recorded a version in 2002 for a split EP. James Ihaperformed the song with A Perfect Circleon January 31 2004on a tour in Franceafter Maynard James Keenanchallenged Americans in the audience to not use flash photography.
Personnel (on original recording)
* Maureen Tucker: vocal
* Lou Reed: acoustic guitar
* Doug Yule: bass
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