Thursday, August 18, 2011

Music: Feist covers the Velvet Underground


All Tomorrow's Parties: (L) The Velvet Underground & Nico, (R) Feist ft. Nigel Godrich, Colin Greenwood & Hot Rats

Audio of singer Feist covering the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" from a July concert in Paris, "The Velvet Underground Revisited," has recently leaked online -- and she did a great job of capturing Nico's essence.  Take a listen below.

A little history behind the song -- it was featured on the 1967 album The Velvet Underground  & Nico and has previously been covered by an array of artists, from the Tom Tom Club to R.E.M.  Nico was introduced to the band by Andy Warhol, and though the album wasn't successful upon its initial release, it has gained much acclaim since then, including being ranked #13 in Rolling Stones' 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  Lou Reed wrote the song about Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick:

According to Reed:
Andy said I should write a song about Edie Sedgwick. I said 'Like what?' and he said, 'Oh, don't you think she's a femme fatale, Lou?' So I wrote 'Femme Fatale' and we gave it to Nico.


Feist ft. Nigel Godrich, Colin Greenwood, Hot Rats) Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground Cover) by TwentyFourBit.com

Photo Source: Cite de la Musique

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