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June 12, 2012

1. Chelsea Girl - Nico [1967]





Consider. Years spent modelling and vamping around Europe in rubble of WWII, tail-gating auteurs leads nowhere. Cameo in Fellini's Dolce Vita fails to parlay into acting career. Strip Tease, early recording with arch French diddler et trésor national Serge Gainsbourg is passed over for Juliette Greco (voice not sufficiently breathily infantile for the old rogue); a spell with  manipulator a la mod Andrew Loog Oldham fails to generate pop chart action. So....Nico washes up in New York and is taken up by Andy War-hol as next superstar and duly touted as such to the VU crew. She and Andy are briefly inseparable.


Chelsea Girl is the perfect album by a female model and man’s woman. Nine of the ten tracks present are written by ex-lovers, including the co-writes by Reed and Cale. Receptive, passive and a penetrative dependency -  like her relationship with abiding paramour, the needle.


In many respects, the later Marble Index is superior precisely because the Nico voice - like the Nico harmonium -  has become her own. On Chelsea Girl, narcotic monotone has yet to reach full icy austerity. Narcoleptic drone yes, but also wide-eyed melody tarted up with baroque strings, conjuring washed out moods of regret, degradation, and loss.


Chelsea Girl works close up magic. Nico's voice prominent in the mix working within set limits. Amanuensimanquée. Worlds of beauty and decay in miniature. 



I'll be your mirror / reflect what you are / in case you don't know....





Oddi wrth y brawd



13 comments:

Y Brawd said...
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MoonRisk7 said...

So, is this really the end?

sunday said...

Stay with us!

Sage said...

If you can't or don't want to carry on - thanks for putting out the best blog I've come across and turning me on to some great music.

Nik

PM Summer said...

I guess it's sadly ironic that the last set of files gets deleted before I can download them.

Regardless of the end, it's been a great trip that has expanded my listening considerably.

Adios, mi amigo.

scott said...

Thank you for everything. Byddwch yn ei golli

lizard johnny jewel said...

A fitting number one. Would also be a fitting last post, but I sure as hell hope it ain't. Thanks for all the insightful posts.

Singersinging said...

Thanks or the files. You have been a star. I shall miss the joy of finding a new delight on your blog. Diolch.

Holly said...

Thank you for everything. I do wish you'd stay. :-(

Y Brawd said...

Diolch i chi...

re-upped this puppy here:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/l5y82q

Greg said...

I went to a store today and bought this album. Blogs like this is how I have found music that I love... music that I have paid full price for. Weird brother was a great place to visit. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Documentary about Nico's 1986 concert in West Berlin http://www.realeyz.tv/en/nico-in-memoriam.html

exterior veneer said...

Hello Brawd, please resume posting . we miss your latest updates. xo
- Vinnie