As auspicious beginnings go, the Velvet Underground's was distinctly in-. The band's first album, in 1967, was rife with songs about edgy sex and drugs; titles like "Heroin" and "Venus in Furs" said it all. "The Velvet Underground & Nico"—the German model and actress performed with them—set the stage for the glam and punk movements that followed. It played a significant role in the Czechoslovakian dissident movement (more on that later), and it continues to influence bands today. But when the album was released, not much happened. As musician and producer Brian Eno later observed: "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."