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Will Nico be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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A 38% chance for somebody who did nothing noteworthy in the US after singing with the Velvet Underground in the mid 60s??

How about 8%???

Posted by prognosticator on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 14:50pm

She'll never get in but she did SO much more than just sing on the first Velvets record. The Marble Index is an important early experimental rock classic. She was actually quite good in her own right.

Posted by Elastic Man on Saturday, 01.17.09 @ 03:10am

Many notable artists cite Nico as an influence, and she was one of the cheif influences for Goth Rock
She was one of the first, if no the first, goth rock artist .
Nico was an absolute flop commercially.
Fills out 2/3 of the nessecities to get inducted.
Very slim. Most people have never even heard of Nico, The RNRHOF don't like experimental and avant garde artists much.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.11.10 @ 14:05pm

Nico has influenced many musicians, including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Stevie Nicks, Elliott Smith, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Björk, Coil, Jocelyn Pook, Fabienne Shine (who covered "All Tomorrow's Parties"), Dead Can Dance, Marcus Reeves as well as numerous contemporary goth bands.[citation needed] Kevin Ayers painted a withering and beautiful portrait of Nico in "Decadence" (the centerpiece of his Bananamour album in 1973) Late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith cited her as a major inspiration and was said to have listened to The Marble Index for months. Smith performed covers of some of her songs – most notably "Chelsea Girls" and "These Days", both of which he performed live at Satyricon in Portland, Oregon in October 1999. Two of her songs from Chelsea Girl, "The Fairest of the Seasons" and "These Days", both written by Jackson Browne, are featured in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums. Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon named his daughter 'Nico Blue' partly after Nico. Blind Melon's album Nico was released after Hoon's death.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a movie written by John Cameron Mitchell, mentions Nico as an influential artist in its song, "Midnight Radio". The song is written by Stephen Trask. Icelandic singer Björk opened concerts on her 1995–1997 Post tour with "Le Petit Chevalier" from Desertshore. The Cult recorded the song "Nico", which celebrates the life of the singer, on their 2001 album Beyond Good And Evil. For her 2002 album, Kissin' Time, Marianne Faithfull recorded "Song for Nico", cowritten with Dave Stewart. Los Angeles band The Warlocks recorded a different song, also entitled "Song for Nico" on their 2003 album, "Rise and Fall".
Nico was portrayed by Christina Fulton in the 1991 biopic The Doors. She was later portrayed by Meredith Ostrom in the 2006 film, Factory Girl, which chronicles the life of fellow "Warhol Superstar", Edie Sedgwick. Soap & Skin portrayed Nico in the theatre play Nico - Sphinx aus Eis in 2008, written by Werner Fritsch. In the play, Nico was portrayed by several actors. Soap & Skin also recorded her song "Janitor of Lunacy". Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) has quoted Nico as an influence in particular Desertshore (The opening song on her first album, Fur and Gold, uses the name of the album in its lyrics). During 2007 she would start concerts with "Le Petit Chevalier" from that record.[18]
Singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf has been influenced by Nico, and released cover versions of "Afraid" and "Ari's Song" as b-sides on EPs. Rock band Anberlin named one of their songs after her: "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen" on their album "Never Take Friendship Personal". The song also makes reference to her death, and her drug use. Austin based band Shearwater dedicated their album Palo Santo to the memory of Nico. The opening song ("La Dame Et La Licorne") depicts Nico's death at Ibiza, Spain. Windsor for the Derby, another Austin-based band, released an instrumental track named "Nico" in 2000 on their Young God Release "Difference and Repetition." A live version of the song can be found on a limited edition 7-inch.
Low, an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, has a song titled "Those Girls (Song For Nico)". It is included on the box set A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities, released in 2004.[19][20]
Two Nico tribute concerts took place in Europe in the autumn of 2008 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Nico's birth and the 20th anniversary of her death. On 11 October 2008, John Cale, James Dean Bradfield (of the Manic Street Preachers), Fyfe Dangerfield of the Guillemots and others appeared on stage at the Royal Festival Hall in London. On 17 October 2008 at the Volksbuehne in Berlin, Nico's ex-boyfriend Lutz Ulbrich presented another tribute concert, which featured Marianne Rosenberg, Soap & Skin, Marianne Enzensberger and James Young, the keyboardist from The Faction, Nico's last band. Nico's son, Ari Boulogne (sometimes called Ari Päffgen), made a brief appearance on stage at the close.

Posted by Mikhail on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 03:57am

I like her but I wouldn't induct her. Beyond her excellent vocal contribution on the Velvet's first album, she can't be credited with the Velvet's music. Warhol had the foresight to force Nico upon the VU, who resented the meddling.
Nor can she be credited with the music from Chelsea Girl. "These Days", for example, was written by Jackson Brown and other songs were written by Dylan, Lou Reed, etc. I know it's fashionable to like Marble Index but I can't see that as a basis to induct her. It's one of those albums were artistic intent gets placed far above the end result. Avante Garde is often a cop out. Making good experimental music (eg, Tuxedomoon) is another story.
Moreover Marble Index continues the most interesting biographical element of Nico's career: the tendency of very talented men to fall all over themselves to help her. Warhol places her with the VU. The best songwriters of the period write songs for her for Chelsea Girl. John Cale essentially aranges Marble Index. Throw in flings with Jim Morrison and Iggy Pop and gets quite muddled.
Nico was definitely a notable figure.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 13:10pm

Influence: Nico's been a big influence on many artists, such as Morrissey, Bjork, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Patti Smith and Bauhaus amongst others. As well as this she's been a big influence on goth rock. 25

Innovation: Her music is arguably a predecessor to Goth rock. 20

Critical Success: The Marble Index and Desrtshore are quite highly renowned by critics. 15

Commercial Success: Virtually none.

60, Bare minimum for induction.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 07.22.12 @ 15:55pm

she sure had the looks and she sang it her way...
I like that in an artist...she was a rule breaker!

lets hope she gets in

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 07.22.12 @ 16:27pm

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