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Nico

One of the most fascinating figures of rock's fringes, Nico hobnobbed, worked, and was romantically linked with an incredibleassortmentofthemost legendary entertainers of the '60s. The paradox of her career was that she herself never attained thefame of her peers,pursuingadistinctly individualistic and uncompromising musical career that was uncommercial, but whollyadmirable and influential. Nico firstrosetofame as a European supermodel, also landing a bit part in Fellini's La Dolce Vita filmand giving birth to a son by Alain Delon. In1965,sheattracted the attention of Rolling Stones manage ...read more

One of the most fascinating figures of rock's fringes, Nico hobnobbed, worked, and was romantically linked with an incredibleassortmentofthemost legendary entertainers of the '60s. The paradox of her career was that she herself never attained thefame of her peers,pursuingadistinctly individualistic and uncompromising musical career that was uncommercial, but whollyadmirable and influential. Nico firstrosetofame as a European supermodel, also landing a bit part in Fellini's La Dolce Vita filmand giving birth to a son by Alain Delon. In1965,sheattracted the attention of Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham,who gave her a chance to record for his Immediate label,thoughtheresulting single, which also featured Brian Jones andJimmy Page on guitars, flopped. Shortly afterward, she moved to New York,whereAndyWarhol installed her as a vestigialpresence and occasional lead singer for the Velvet Underground. The band never really acceptedher asabona fide memberand she departed in 1967, but not before contributing unforgettable deadpan vocals to three of the songsontheirclassic1967 debut album.

Nico embarked on a solo career, recording folk-rock-flavored songs for her debut Chelsea Girl album with assistance fromJacksonBrowne,LouReed, and John Cale. Her 1969 follow-up, The Marble Index, was a dramatic departure that unveiled herdoom-laden, gothicpersona,producedby Cale and prominently featuring her deep vocals, impenetrable lyrics, and ghostlyharmonium. Her subsequent '70salbumsexplored muchthe same territory, with assistance from Cale and influential artrockers like Eno and Phil Manzanera. Her career fellintodisarray during therest of the '70s and the '80s as she struggled witha massive drug habit and tangled personal life. She releasedseverallive albums on variouslabels, but the ill-planned Drama ofExile and the more successful Camera Obscura were her only coherentstudioefforts until she died of acerebral hemorrhagein Ibiza in 1988.

The original goth rocker, Nico's albums are demanding and bleak, but map a unique and starkly powerful vision thathasbecomemoreinfluential with age. An intimate of Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, the Velvet Underground, the Stones, JimMorrison, Iggy Pop,and others,herfascinating story is recounted in the biography Nico: The Life & Lies of an Icon by RichardWitts, published in Great Britain byVirginbooks;The End by James Young is a seedy look at her drug-addled final years by amember of her touring band. « hide

Similar Bands: Dead Can Dance, The Velvet Underground, Brigitte Fontaine, Nick Drake, John Cale

LPs
Camera Obscura
1985

3.8
20 Votes
Drama of Exile
1981

3.2
18 Votes
The End...
1974

4
57 Votes
Desertshore
1970

4.1
111 Votes
The Marble Index
1969

3.9
105 Votes
Chelsea Girl
1967

3.7
123 Votes
EPs
The Peel Sessions
1988

2
1 Votes
Live Albums
Nico's Last Concert: "Fata Morgana"
1994

Live Heroes
1986

Do or Die!
1982

Compilations
Innocent & Vain: An Introduction To Nico
2002

Hanging Gardens
1990

3.2
11 Votes

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