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Angus MacLise


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Angus MacLise (March 4, 1938 - June 21, 1979) was a percussionist, composer, mystic, shaman, poet, occultist and calligrapher. He is probably best known as the first drummer for the Velvet Underground, but had an intriguing career outside of that group.
MacLise was a member of La Monte Young’s Theater of Eternal Music, with John Cale and Tony Conrad. He was also an early member of The Velvet Underground, having been brought into the group by flatmate John Cale. MacLise played bongos and hand drums during 1965 with the first incarnation of the band. Although the Velvets regularly extemporised soundtracks to underground films, MacLise never officially recorded with them, and is often considered something of a shadowy, legendary figure in their history. When the opportunity of the band’s first paying gig at a New Jersey high school in November 1965 arose, Maclise promptly quit, suggesting the group had sold out.
Maclise was replaced by Maureen Tucker, resulting in the “classic” lineup of The Velvet Underground. In 1966 when Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed was in hospital with hepatitis, MacLise rejoined the group for a few performances. By this time the Velvet Underground had found some notoriety (if not great financial success) and MacLise was anxious to rejoin the group, but this was explicitly refused by Reed.
After leaving the Velvet Underground for good, Angus traveled around between North Africa, India, Greece, the Middle East and finally finding his place in Nepal.


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  • iamholgerczukay

    "You guys wanna play a PAID gig?! You guys are fuckin' sellouts man, I'm out." Haha, what a hippie. I really wish he would have stayed with VU up to White Light/White Heat with Mo and Angus on percussion, that would be insanity.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Filthatmand

    This guy is furthest out.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Spacebel

    Imagine how amazing VU could have been with him TOGETHER WITH Lou Reed (1)

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Boshango

    Les Evening Gowns Damnées is huh, wow.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • JanSux

    anyone got a working link for Dreamworld I and III and wannts to share? XO

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AnCoconuts

    Came across his work about a year ago and damn, really great stuff.

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • rabutol

    yuhg !

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • luminous_insect

    skaters is wickedly similar to maclise, what are you smoking

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LivingShit

    my uncle

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • tomorrowsparty

    Angus MacLise HUNGRY

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • telegraphsound

    how can anybody say the the sakters/all of the other ferraro projects are similar to angus maclise?

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mikefloering

    it's really hard to find a place where someone isn't (a) trying to be hip or (b) bitching about [a]. angus maclise is good, forget hip.

    11 May 2009 Reply


    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • DrCaligari

    it's really hard nowadays not to be hip.

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • DrCaligari

    nah. you'll become really hip once you start liking VU more then Angus and some shitty pop band more then VU. at the same time despising all MacLise fans for being posers.

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Delicatemoth

    Imagine how amazing VU could have been with him instead of Lou Reed.

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Grindfucked

    Astral Collapse is nice. have yet to hear his other realeases.

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • analogonz

    i cant believe i just discovered this guy

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • phillip360

    glue and expand the 'pataphysics group

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • TeenageCreep

    "Invasion of the Thundebolt Pagoda" is a magnificient alchemical trip

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
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