Listen to The Velvet Underground & Nico’s ‘Heroin’ from Painkiller Ep 6 as Glen is trying to get his life back

The last episode of the Netflix mini-series Painkiller features several stellar classic songs on its soundtrack, including The Velvet Underground & Nico’s ‘Heroin‘.

That song was played on Painkiller, Episode 6, “What’s in a Name” starting in the scenes where Glen is with his family and trying to get his life back, while he still struggles with his addiction.

It continues playing as we see Edie reading old pieces of mail from her brother.

When was The Velvet Underground & Nico’s ‘Heroin‘ released?

The American rock band released ‘Heroin‘ as one of the tracks from their debut studio album The Velvet Underground & Nico, which came out on the Verve record label in March, 1967.

It was written by the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, and later on, iconic solo singer songwriter and musician Lou Reed when he was just 22-years-old.

The song was seen as problematic at the time it came out as, while it doesn’t try to persuade people doing heroin is a good thing, some believed it did not stress the true dangers of using heroin as much as it should have done.

Looked at nowadays, however, the lyrics on The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin‘ are no more problematic than those of thousands of other songs released about drug abuse and addiction.

Since its initial release, the song has gone on to become one of The Velvet Underground’s most criticially-acclaimed.

Listen to The Velvet Underground & Nico’s ‘Heroin‘ as heard on the final episode of Netflix’s Painkiller in the video, and via the band’s The Velvet Underground & Nico album on Spotify.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.