"New Age", in its final draft, is considered a sarcastic homage to actressShelley Winters. In its original form, it was about Lou Reed's girlfriend at the time, Shelly Albin.
When the album was released, this song caused controversy. Reed, who had left the band a month before, stated that his original versions of "Sweet Jane", "Rock and Roll", and "New Age" were corrupted. Doug Yule, on the other hand, insists that Reed's mixes were respected.
The 1997 Fully Loaded issue of the Loaded album includes an alternate version of "New Age", subtitled "full-length version". It is nearly 40 seconds longer than the "long version".