Twenty six years ago today Nico sadly passed away in Ibiza while on holiday with her son. To remember and celebrate this iconic woman I’ve chosen my favourite videos of her on YouTube. We all immediately associate Nico with her days with the Velvet Underground and Warhol’s factory but her career spanned an impressive amount of different pockets of subculture after the 1960s.
Nico – The End (Peel Session 1974)
Nico’s version of the epic song The End, is a million times more haunting and atmospheric than the psychedelia drug anxiety of the Door’s version and 100% typical of Nico’s ability to add a sinister shadow to anything she touches.
Nico sings Chelsea Girls, BBC4
Nico sings Chelsea Girls in a room of the Chelsea Hotel accompanied by an electric guitar rather than the acoustic version we’re all so used too, which exaggerated the power of her famously deadpan voice.
Heroes, Live at the Warehouse, Preston UK 1982
This is a very hard Bowie song to cover but I don’t think anyone could have done it as well as Nico, this particular video shows her off her face but still totally stoic looking singing in The Warehouse in the rather unglamorous Preston in 1982 with a full band.
Janitor of Lunacy , Manchester 1983
Nico plays the organ and delivers one of the best songs ever created about insanity. It was actually written about her ex boyfriend Brian Jones and produced by John Cale for the brilliant album Desertshore but this live version is particularly haunting.
My only child & All That Is My Own in “La cicatrice intérieure” by Philippe Garrel.
Nico and French avant-garde film director Philippe Garrel had a ten-year romantic relationship between 1969 and 1979 and this scene was the product of one of his films. I always felt that although Nico was a densely emotional singer and that there was something especially sad about the way she sang My Only Child. This scene shows her son and her walk across a desert with her on horse back for Garrel’s 1972 film La Cicatrice Intérieure (aka The Inner Scar).