Weighting for the man
It was said that the Velvet Underground and Nico didn't sell many copies but everyone who did listen to it, started a band. You couldn't hope for a better legacy I think; especially given the calibre of bands that formed and the influence they, in turn, had.
'Sweet Jane' was the song that Carl and Peter chose for me to practice in the first band I "joined" The Butterflies. Made hard by the fact that Lou Reed performed his songs differently each time. I also had the Lou Reed anthology when I was a teenager. A double album that, I'm sure, had some impact on my lyrical development (inbetween the Elvis Costello worship)