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Strip-Tease  performed by  Nico  (1962)
Composed by Serge Gainsbourg
From: France
Recommended by delicado [profile] on Tuesday 8th January 2002

It's fantastic that this track has come to light. I believe its story is this: Nico auditioned for the film 'Strip-Tease' in 1962, and recorded this song, but eventually Juliette Greco was chosen instead, and so this recording was lost. To me it's a remarkable document - although I knew Nico had made a brief appearance in 'La Dolce Vita', I never knew she had recorded with Gainsbourg. The track itself is a delicate slow number with prominent latin percussion and bongo sounds, similar Serge's other early 60s film work, such as 'L'eau a la bouche'. Nico's voice is just as distinctive as it is on her famous records with Velvet Underground, but in this context it sounds different. I like it when things like this come to light, bringing together two people I admire - like Astrud Gilberto singing Morricone, Scott Walker singing Schifrin, or Julie London singing Margo Guryan.


available on CD - le cinéma de Serge Gainsbourg (Universal France)

Other Versions: Juliette Greco's version, which was actually used in the film, is great too, and it's interesting to contrast her technique with that of Nico.
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  22 Feb 02 ·e: this is the best ever. i love this.


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