October 15 2010
Christa Päffgen a.k.a. Nico would have celebrated her 72nd birthday tomorrow.
"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." - Richie Unterberger (Full biography at AllMusic.com)
"The second single from Aloe Blacc's Good Things is a 7-inch of “Femme Fatale”, Aloe Blacc & Truth+Soul's take on the Velvet Underground classic. The instrumental is on the flip side of this heavy 7-inch slab of vinyl." - stonesthrow.com