Label: MGM Records - 2353 025,MGM Records - 2353025 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock
Chelsea Girl helps define her as a mercurial aura and a manifold, complicated artist. She fiddles with a few props, stares off into space, and nibbles on her fingernails.
Nico spent most of her life as a manifold figure reduced to a muse. But she was also written off as untouchable and unknowable, which by all accounts she was. And she was scared to death. Of herself, of everybody.
Of course, men writing music for women is a constant in the history of pop music. Throughout her life, Nico actively encouraged the air of mystery that followed her. She claimed to have been born everywhere, from Berlin to Budapest definitively, it was Cologne, When the British bombardment of Cologne intensified, mother and daughter moved to a small town outside of Berlin.
By the time Nico met Warhol inshe was already a Superstar of her own creation. She was hardly a singer, nor did she aspire to be one. Her unwavering Germanic baritone was a result of the opera and wartime propaganda anthems she grew up with and the jazz and blues she witnessed as a young model in Paris. Nico began a solo residency at the St. Nico chose to stay in New York, symbolically ending her time with the Velvet Underground. But something big was happening for Nico.
Her solo debut Chelsea Girl would be her first step towards claiming herself as an artist and individual. Rather, these were the unreleased songs she had acquired through her residency at The Dom. Chelsea Girl presents a young woman torn between the regrets of her past and the unknown but hopeful future. While Browne focuses on transitions, Cale pushes Nico into more a more esoteric realm. She draws out the words until they lose definition and simply become expressions. Though Judy Collins also claimed that Dylan wrote the song for her, technically he wrote it while on vacation in Greece with Nico in Reactions to Chelsea Girl was at Pride - Longshot - IV indifferent and at worst, sexist.
She dyed her blonde hair with henna and trading her white clothing for an all-black ensemble. But while Nico was taking some Ill Keep It With Mine - Nico - Chelsea Girl of her music, her life was spiraling. Nico once admitted that she could not relate to the songs Reed wrote for her. But to consider Nico as frozen in her Chelsea Girl years is a disservice to the active efforts she made later in life to move beyond her image.
But consider all of Nico, the strange circumstances of the Velvet Underground, the image of Chelsea GirlDave MacKenzie - Old, New, Borrowed And Blue the horrific, inexcusable actions of her later life. Skip to content Search query All Results.
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