Nico (3)

Nico (3)

Real Name:
Christa Päffgen
Nico was born in Cologne on 18 October 1938.

She grew up with her mother in Lübbenau, a small town in the eastern part of Germany, before moving to Berlin where she began modelling which allowed her to work between Berlin, Paris, London and Rome. It was in Rome where she had her first movie appearance as 'Nico' in Fellini's 'La dolce vita'. In 1959 she moved to Paris where she had an affair with Alain Delon and gave birth to her only son, Aaron Christian, in 1962.

In London she met Brian Jones and recorded her first single, produced by the manager of the Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham: "The Last Mile/I'm Not Sayin'". When she began modelling in New York for Eileen Ford, she fed on amphetamines and speed. Bob Dylan introduced her to Andy Warhol and his new project, The Velvet Underground. She sang two songs on the Velvets' debut LP and played roles in several Warhol films, such as 'Chelsea Girls' or 'I, A man'. Warhol was fascinated by her androgynous look and her beauty. 'Chelsea Girl' was also the title of her first solo LP.

In California she fell in love with Jim Morrison who encouraged her to write her own songs. John Cale produced her next two albums, 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore' where she played harmonium and sang in a deep hypnotic voice. The seventies found Nico back in Paris where she lived with the avantgarde filmmaker Philippe Garrel. Films like 'La cicatrice intérieure' (1971) or 'Les hautes solitudes' (1974) had her play the main character and at the same time featured her strange beautiful music. She published another record, 'The End' (1974), including her interpretation of the Jim Morrison song. By the time, she was addicted to heroin. After splitting up with Garrel, she lived in Manchester, partly with her son Ari, and toured all over Europe.

In 1985 she recorded her last studio record, 'Camera Obscura'. In 1988, she spent the summer in Ibiza where she died in a bicycle accident. Her ashes are now buried in Gruenewald at Wannsee in Berlin, along with her mother. Several posthumous records like 'Hanging Garden', 'Last Concert' or 'Nico Icon' reflect the quantity of admirers the chanteuse still has.

Nico (3) Discography


V6-5008 The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico (Album) Verve Records V6-5008 US 1966 Sell This Version
710 008 Nico (3) Chelsea Girl (Album) Verve Records 710 008 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
EKS-74029 Nico (3) The Marble Index (Album) Elektra EKS-74029 US 1968 Sell This Version
RS 6424 Nico (3) Desertshore (Album) Reprise Records RS 6424 US 1970 Sell This Version
L 35241, ILPS 9291, ILPS-9291 Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno* - Nico (3) Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno* - Nico (3) - June 1, 1974 (Album) Island Records L 35241, ILPS 9291, ILPS-9291 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
Y81 9311 Nico (3) The End... (Album) Island Records Y81 9311 UK 1974 Sell This Version
GBD 0014 LP Lutz Ulbrich Featuring Nico (3) Lutz Ulbrich Featuring Nico (3) - Lüül (Album) GeeBeeDee GBD 0014 LP Germany 1981 Sell This Version
AUL 715 Nico (3) Drama Of Exile (Album) Aura (7) AUL 715 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
C 3813, 3813 Nico (3) The Drama Of Exile (Album) Invisible Records (11) C 3813, 3813 France 1981 Sell This Version
A117 Nico (3) Do Or Die! (Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) A117 US 1982 Sell This Version
NICO 1 Nico (3) Live In Denmark (Album) VU Records (3) NICO 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CASS2 Nico (3) En Personne En Europe(Cass, Album) 1/2 Records CASS2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BEGC 63 Nico (3) + Faction,The* Nico (3) + Faction,The* - Camera Obscura (Album) PVC Records, Beggars Banquet BEGC 63 UK 1985 Sell This Version
DOJOTC 27 Nico (3) Behind The Iron Curtain (Album) Dojo DOJOTC 27 UK 1986 Sell This Version
DOJOCD 50 Nico (3) Nico In Tokyo (Album) Dojo, Castle Communications DOJOCD 50 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
7 72383-4, EM 9349 4 Nico (3) Hanging Gardens (Album, Comp) Restless Records, Emergo 7 72383-4, EM 9349 4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
PIP CD 039 Nico (3) Chelsea Live (Album) Great Expectations PIP CD 039 UK 1992 Sell This Version
96202 Nico (3) Nico's Last Concert "Fata Morgana" (Album) SPV Recordings 96202 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
CDMGRAM 85 Nico (3) Heroine (Album) Anagram Records CDMGRAM 85 UK 1994 Sell This Version
VICD 008 Nico (3) Janitor Of Lunacy (Album) Visionary Communications VICD 008 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PILOT193 Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico (3) Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico (3) - Le Bataclan '72 (Album) Alchemy Entertainment PILOT193 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none Nico (3) All Tomorrow's Parties (Comp) Purple Pyramid none US 2004 Sell This Version
CLP 9430 Nico (3) Reims Cathedral - December 13th, 1974 (Album) Cleopatra CLP 9430 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Nico (3) Nico V Brně(LP, Album, Ltd) OS Fléda none Czech Republic 2012 Sell This Version
EKS-74029 Nico (3) The Marble Index(LP, Album) Elektra EKS-74029 Canada Unknown Sell This Version