EULOGY TO CHRISTA: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC & MYSTIQUE OF NICO was originally planned as an album of Nico cover songs, but after reading ‘You Are Beautiful and Your Are Alone’ by author Jennifer Otter Bickerdicke, Chris decided to write a parallel album of his own compositions, spanning the life of one of the most unique, tragic and misunderstood female artists in the history of music.
The Nico material spans from her first Jimmy Page-composed single B-side through her time with The Velvet Underground, to her intense and unique solo recordings up until her death. In song, Connelly follows her from Berlin to New York via Paris, Ibiza, and Rome, then back through Paris, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and up to her tragic and needless death in Ibiza.
Jennifer Otter Bickerdicke writes of the album: “This is a record to be played at full blast, all the way through, as a commemoration not just to Nico the person, the musician, but to art for art’s sake, for making something because it is important and needs to be done – an idea that is as rare and precious as Nico herself.”
released November 11, 2022
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23 written by Chris Connelly. All other tracks by Nico (Christa Päffgen) except “The Last Mile” by Oldham/Page, “Femme Fatale” by Lou Reed, “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce” by Tim Hardin, and “Vegas” by Nico/Quilichini.
Dedicated to Nico (Christa Päffgen) 1938 - 1988
For the lovers on St. Stephen’s
Recorded at The Rock Noir July 2021 / January 2022
Mastered by James Scott at Populist Recording and Mastering www.populistrecording.com
Produced by Chris Bruce
Chris Connelly: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonium, harmonica, keyboards, bass
Chris Bruce: Additional instruments and guitar solo on "Ripcord, Ripcord"
Special thanks to: Chris Bruce, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kimberly Blessing, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Alastair MacKay, Easy Action, Emma Kathan, Howard Goldblatt, Shayna Connelly, E. Gabriel Edvy.
Sleeve design by Greg Rolfes
Cover photo of Nico taken by Alastair MacKay at Edinburgh Nite Club, on August 18th, 1981.
P.R.: Shauna McLernon @ Shameless Promotion PR
Management: Kimberly Blessing @ Shipwrecked Industries
Chris Connelly is published by Bicycle Music/Concord BMI.
“The Last Mile” published by Charly Acquisitions, copyright Abkco Music Inc. “Femme Fatale” published by Sony Music, copyright EMI Blackwood Music Inc. o/b/o Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd. “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce” published by Spirit Music, copyright Spirit One Music o/b/o Allen Stanton Productions. “Frozen Warnings” published by Polygram International, copyright Warner-Tamerlane Pub Corp. “The Falconer” published by Polygram International, copyright BMG Rights Management (Uk) Limited. “Valley of the Kings” published by Bee Bee Music, copyright Domino Pub Company of America. “Sixty Forty” published by and copyright Aura Music. “Vegas” published by Flicknife, copyright Zone H Music. “Saeta” published by Flicknife, copyright Christa Paeffgen and Philippe Quilichini. “Tananore” published by Beggars Banquet, copyright Universal-McA Music Publishing o/b/o Universal Music Publishing Lim. “Hanging Gardens” published by SPV, copyright Zone H Music.