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Video: Aloe Blacc, “Femme Fatale” (Velvet Underground Cover)

October 01, 2010


In 1967, Velvet Underground, arguably the coolest New Yorkers in the history of the city (sorry Michiko Kakutani, A-Ron and David Dinkins), recorded "Femme Fatale," with help from husky breathed German Nico (honorary New Yorker). More than 40 years later, HBO made How to Make it in America, a show which detailed, like a strange tour guide, the ins and outs of cool New York City. It didn't feature "place where Lou Reed shot up lots of drugs and changed music," but it did feature Aloe Blacc's very very good song "I Need a Dollar," (hey hey!) as its theme. It is fitting, then, that he has doubled back to the inner folds of hip and covered "Femme Fatale," giving his treatment a Blow Up in black and white photo stalking. Whose version is better? Well, Velvet Underground's, obviously. But people walk around with shirts on saying "I miss the old New York." So does Lou Reed. That didn't stop him from getting an iPhone app and chilling with Marina Abramovic. Time keeps on ticking. (via Self Titled)

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Video: Aloe Blacc, “Femme Fatale” (Velvet Underground Cover)