The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has recorded a great cover of The Velvet Underground's song "White Light/White Heat" based on Lou Reed's 1974 live album, Rock 'n' Roll Animal. Listen to it above, via YouTube.
The track is part of a weekly series of music that Atlantic Records is releasing in conjunction with the new HBO series Vinyl. You can download this week's release, titled Vinyl (Music from the HBO® Original Series), Vol. 1.5, via iTunes and stream it on Spotify.
Casablancas' version retains the same aggressive, punk rock vibe as the Rock 'n' Roll Animal version, but with a spot-on impersonation of Reed's vintage vocals from the Velvet Underground's 1968 White Light/White Heat album version. Fat bass and heavily distorted guitars set the tone for the uptempo track. It's a faithful cover, and one that would have probably made the late rock icon proud.
Source: Atlantic Records YouTube