Tammy Faye Starlite: Nico - Underground
An interview with Nico in Australia in 1986, as she reflects upon her life and career (with the Velvet Underground & solo), her liaisons with with Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, John Cale, Alain Delon, and her music, performed onstage and in her mind. All true, all not true.
“I began to feel I had somehow been transported back to the late 1960s, when Nico was in her mythic prime. Superb though Ms. Starlite’s renderings of Nico’s distinctive vocalizing is, I have to confess I was just as engaged by her dead-pan presentation of her rambling responses to her interviewer’s questions. (Mr. Ward is terrific in that role.)” - Charles Isherwood, The NY Times
"All of those Nicos – the lethal Venus of 1966-67; the stoic sorceress of The Marble Index and 1970's Desertshore; the commanding matron I saw that night in New York – are present, with affectionate and gently comic detail, in performance by the colorful New York alternative-coun try-and-cabaret singer Tammy Faye Starlite. Starlite has the proper blonde hair and packs an accent just the right side of exaggeration. She punctuates Nico's fondly blunt and drolly unforgiving characterization s of Bob Dylan (who gave her the immortal 'I'll Keep It With Mine') the Velvets' Lou Reed ('a usurper of souls') and the teenage Jackson Browne (her accompanist for a spell after the Velvets) with regal sweeps of hair and exasperated stares, her eyes as wide as headlights. The show mocks and honors its subject with loving regard; it certainly captures the woman I met in 1978.” - David Fricke, Rolling Stone
“It's impossible to fully recapture the magic of a life-changing musical experience. But Lang, at times looking and sounding more Nico-ish than Nico herself, was a revelation as she and her wonderful band assayed Velvets classics ‘Femme Fatale,’ ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ and ‘I'll Be Your Mirror,’ along with ‘Chelsea Girls’ from Nico's second solo album.” - Michael Sigman, Huffington Post
Photo credit: Bob Gruen
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