Still from Philippe Garrel's The Inner Scar (1972)
I'm not sure the world needed a remake of Nico's Desertshore, but considering the personnel involved, it should be worth a listen, at least if non-album mix "Abschied" is representative. Check it out here.
Fittingly, it features vocals from one of Nico's spiritual heirs, singer-guitarist Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten, the Bad Seeds, and the always-interesting hair (singing in his native tongue, naturally).
Throbbing Gristle, sans Genesis P-Orridge, has welcomed a number of other interesting guests to the project: Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Marc Almond (Soft Cell), porn star-turned-legit actress Sasha Grey (Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience), and French-Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void). Check out the album preview below.
While reading up on Desertshore, I came across this great quote from Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder), who ranks it among his favorite LPs:
I came back to Desertshore a few years ago when I saw Throbbing Gristle do their version of it... It was amazing, it really worked with Gen in his new guise of whatever it is, a 55-year-old Northern housewife. The voice was not unlike Nico on a particularly poor night, and it worked. Hats off to them for having a go.
According to Genesis's Twitter feed, "DESERTSHORE is NOT a legitimate TG release," though he left the band in 2010. For more on the feud, click here.
Industrial Records releases Desertshore and The Final Report on Nov 26.