To celebrate the 45th anniversary of ’60s psych rockers the Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, Castle Face Records (in conjunction with Universal) will release The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends on Nov. 6. A track-for-track re-imagining of the punk trailblazers’ legendary debut album, the Castle Face tribute features Bay Area bands such as Thee Oh Sees, Blasted Canyons and Burnt Ones covering the VU staples.
Ty Segall also makes an appearance on the LP, contributing a version of “Femme Fatale” in the ramshackle, groove-heavy style so quintessential to the San Francisco musician’s oeuvre. Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed wrote “Femme Fatale” about Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick, and vocal duties were handed off to Nico during VU & Nico‘s recording sessions. Nico’s “Femme Fatale” is, in true Nico fashion, wrought with malaise and an almost immature, girlish jealousy. In Segall’s hands, Nico’s dirge style is abandoned in favor of an impish, swaggering drawl, highlighting the song’s underlying tones of prolonged sexual frustration.
The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends is limited to 1,000 copies on banana yellow vinyl, sold exclusively through the label. Listen to Ty Segall’s take on “Femme Fatale” below.