A few months ago I had a post ready for what would have been Sterling Morrison’s 70th birthday… then I accidentally made it live months early, panicked and deleted it – and then promptly forgot to get it together again. This is therefore being hastily thrown together in my lunch break.
In 1993 I received a phone call asking if we wanted to open for the Velvet Underground on their upcoming European tour. Yeah, right. A couple of months later, and there we were at the Playhouse in Edinburgh, sitting in the dressing room, eating cheese sandwiches and Scotch eggs, and listening to “Venus In Furs” through the little speakers. We had already recorded a demo of “Friendly Advice” with producer Victor Van Vugt, which we played every night on that tour, and Sterling Morrison told us that was his favorite track. We asked if he’d like to play guitar on our next album, and we were all surprised when he said yes. So far as we knew, Sterling hadn’t played on anyone’s record since about 1971. He was a lovely and unassuming guy, and when he passed away just two years later, I put on my headphones and listened to his transcendent guitar solo in “friendly Advice,” and I cried.
I’ve shared this a few times before but today is as good a reason as any to share it again…
It’s from a promo CD for radio station FMQB. It features an “exclusive live recording” (for “Modern Rock Live”) of Luna and the late Sterling Morrison (of The Velvet Underground) performing Great Jones Street.
MP3: Luna (feat. Sterling Morrision) – Great Jones St.
Today I’ll be playing that and maybe also this.
Happy birthday Sterling.