Velvet Underground’s “The Gift” in Real Life

From the Daily Mail:

A fun-loving boyfriend decided to surprise his partner by posting her an unusual present – himself.

But the joke went horribly wrong when the delivery was delayed and he almost suffocated to death.

Hu Seng, from Chongqing city in southern China, made a friend tape him into a box that he had paid a courier firm to deliver to his girlfriend, Li Wang.  (Full story here.)

This brings to mind the tale of Waldo Jeffers as told in “The Gift,” a song by the Velvet Underground from their 1968 album, White Light/White Heat. His ending, however, is a little, er, less happy.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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