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    Genre:Avantgarde, Ethnic/Folk, Rock
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    Venus In Furs lyrics
    The Velvet Underground feat. Nico
    2Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie) lyrics
    3Irreversible Neural Damage lyrics
    4Frozen Warnings lyrics
    5Hanging Gardens lyrics
    6These Days lyrics
    All Tomorrow's Parties lyrics
    The Velvet Underground feat. Nico
    Run Run Run lyrics
    The Velvet Underground feat. Nico
    9Henry Hudson lyrics
    10Camera Obscura lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Live In Denmark [1983]
    2Camera Obscura [1985]
    3Do Or Die! [1982]
    5The End... [1974]
    6The Marble Index [1968]
    7Chelsea Girl [1967]
    8En Personne En Europe [1983]
    9Drama Of Exile [1981]
    10Desertshore [1970]


    Nico (real name Christa Päffgen) was a German singer, born on October 16, 1938 in Cologne, Germany & dead on July 18, 1988 in Ibiza, Spain. She grew up with her mother in Lübbenau, a small town in the eastern part of Germany, before moving to Berlin where she began modelling which allowed her to work between Berlin, Paris, London and Rome. It was in Rome where she had her first movie appearance as 'Nico' in Fellini's 'La dolce vita'.
    In 1959 she moved to Paris where she had an affair with Alain Delon and gave birth to her only son, Ari Boulogne (Aaron Christian), in 1962. In London she met Brian Jones and recorded her first single, produced by the manager of the Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham: "The Last Mile/I'm Not Sayin'". When she began modelling in New York for Eileen Ford, she fed on amphetamines and speed. Bob Dylan introduced her to Andy Warhol and his new project, The Velvet Underground. She sang two songs on the Velvets' debut LP and played roles in several Warhol films, such as 'Chelsea Girls' or 'I, A man'. Warhol was fascinated by her androgynous look and her beauty. Chelsea Girls was also the title of her first solo LP.
    In California, she fell in love with Jim Morrison who encouraged her to write her own songs. John Cale produced her next two albums, The Marble Index and Desertshore where she played harmonium and sang in a deep hypnotic voice. The seventies found Nico back in Paris where she lived with the avantgarde filmmaker Philippe Garrel. Films like 'La cicatrice intérieure' (1971) or 'Les hautes solitudes' (1974) had her play the main character and at the same time featured her strange beautiful music.
    She published another record, The End (1974), including her interpretation of the Jim Morrison song. By the time, she was addicted to heroin. After splitting up with Garrel, she lived in Manchester, partly with her son Ari, and toured all over Europe. In 1985 she recorded her last studio record, Camera Obscura. In 1988, she spent the summer in Ibiza where she died in a bicycle accident. Her ashes are now buried in Gruenewald at Wannsee in Berlin, along with her mother. Several posthumous records like 'Hanging Garden', 'Last Concert' or 'Nico Icon' reflect the quantity of admirers the chanteuse still has.

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