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Nico

One of the most fascinating figures of rock's fringes, Nico hobnobbed, worked, and was romantically linked with an incredible assortment of the most legendary entertainers of the '60s. The paradox of her career was that she herself never attained the fame of her peers, pursuing a distinctly individualistic and uncompromising musical career that was uncommercial, but wholly admirable and influential. Nico first rose to fame as a European supermodel, also landing a bit part in Fellini's La Dolce Vita film and giving birth to a son by Alain Delon. In 1965, she attracted the attention of Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who gave her a chance to record for his Immediate label, though the resulting single, which also featured Brian Jones and Jimmy Page on guitars, flopped. Shortly afterward, she moved to New York, where Andy Warhol installed her as a vestigial presence and occasional lead singer for the Velvet Underground. The band never really accepted her as a bona fide member and she departed in 1967, but not before contributing unforgettable deadpan vocals to three of the songs on their classic 1967 debut album.

Nico embarked on a solo career, recording folk-rock-flavored songs for her debut Chelsea Girl album with assistance from Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, and John Cale. Her 1969 follow-up, The Marble Index, was a dramatic departure that unveiled her doom-laden, gothic persona, produced by Cale and prominently featuring her deep vocals, impenetrable lyrics, and ghostly harmonium. Her subsequent '70s albums explored much the same territory, with assistance from Cale and influential art rockers like Eno and Phil Manzanera. Her career fell into disarray during the rest of the '70s and the '80s as she struggled with a massive drug habit and tangled personal life. She released several live albums on various labels, but the ill-planned Drama of Exile and the more successful Camera Obscura were her only coherent studio efforts until she died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Ibiza in 1988.

The original goth rocker, Nico's albums are demanding and bleak, but map a unique and starkly powerful vision that has become more influential with age. An intimate of Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, the Velvet Underground, the Stones, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, and others, her fascinating story is recounted in the biography Nico: The Life & Lies of an Icon by Richard Witts, published in Great Britain by Virgin books; The End by James Young is a seedy look at her drug-addled final years by a member of her touring band. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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brings me back every time. been listening to Iou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, etc..for 35yrs since I was a kid in Mpls,Mn. picked up some of the same habits as LouReed along the way too. know what I mean? hey you know Walk on the Wild side and the colored girls sing do da do do da dododo- The colored girls on the recording are Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Mick Ronson. Cool huh? R.I.P. Mr. Reed
cstephon
Chelsea Girl......Al m o s t identical to Little Nutrino by Klaatu
I would love to hear the remix of "All tomrrow's Parties" by Apoptygma Berzerk. I love Nico's style complimented by the off the wall arrangement of this group.
she was truly amazing and beautiful..w h a t a sad life...I wish she was still here with us...
jaygannett
Nico was amazing when she was with The Velvet Underground. Always loved her style.
Did anyone see the awesome movie that was basically about her life?
Jefferson Airplane??
NICO was born Christa Päffgen, 16 October 1938. On 18 July 1988, while on holiday with her son in Ibiza, Spain, Nico had a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle and hit her head as she fell. A passing taxi driver found her unconscious and had difficulty getting her admitted to local hospitals. She was incorrectly diagnosed as suffering from heat-exposur e and died the next day. X-rays later revealed a severe cerebral hemorrhage as the cause of death.
So many great artists came out of the 60's. Such an impact on todays musicians. Thanks LSD.
i really love these days. thts a great song
lethbria
angel of anarchy never let nobody keep you down. keep posting man. shine on you crazy diamond, etc.
nico is truly inspired. her music keeps me going, its so beautiful
nico has a brazenly haunting voice its cruel to say but having hard life (addiction) makes one more open to pain and its opposites im a visual artist (i know who gives a s**t but im trying to make a point) and what i know from my self and other artist is sunshine and rainbows dont make a great painting abusive boyfriends and addiction do im not in anyway saying seek out the s**t that pours out of this thing called life but iam saying pain more than happiness creates greatness-qu e e n of whittier

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