Another one that slipped through the net (and another one that I missed in the Fs – I was obviously a bit careless back then).
Femme Fatale was written by Lou Reed when Andy Warhol asked him to write a song about Edie Sedgewick. The song was sung by Nico and was on their 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico LP (and on the b-side of a Sunday Morning 7″).
Here’s Nico with Cale and Reed performing it in 1972
Damon and Naomi recorded the track with Ghost (at Ghosts suggestion) in the sessions for their album Damon & Naomi with Ghost however the track never got released until the 2012 reissue of the album when it appeared on a bonus 7″ single with some copies (the other side of the 7″ also got missed in this series – that’s coming next week!).
Naomi Yang’s film ‘Fortune’ is now available to stream on Vimeo. The 30 minute film features a soundtrack of new Damon & Naomi songs accompanying the mysterious and dreamlike images of a man encountering the legacy of his recently deceased father.
Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).
Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.
Naomi’s silent film, Fortune, is getting a screening at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on the 2nd October. The screening is at 7pm and is free and the film is accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Damon & Naomi that features eleven new D&N tracks.