Femme Fatale (The Velvet Underground song)

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This article is about the Velvet Underground song. For the Evdokia Kadi song, see Femme Fatale (Evdokia Kadi song).
"Femme Fatale"
Single b/w "Sunday Morning"
Single by The Velvet Underground and Nico
from the album The Velvet Underground & Nico
A-side "Sunday Morning"
Released December 1966 (single)
March 1967 (album)
Recorded April 1966, Scepter Studios, New York City
Genre Pop[1]
Length 2:39
Label Verve Records
Writer(s) Lou Reed
Producer(s) Andy Warhol
The Velvet Underground chronology
"All Tomorrow's Parties / I'll Be Your Mirror"
"Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale"
"White Light/White Heat / Here She Comes Now"

"Femme Fatale" is a song by The Velvet Underground from their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, with lead vocals by Nico. At producer Andy Warhol's request, band frontman Lou Reed wrote the song about Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick.[2] The song was released as a B-Side to "Sunday Morning" in December 1966. It is one of the gentler songs of the album, coming as a direct contrast to the previous, abrasive song, "I'm Waiting for the Man".


Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by numerous artists, including:


  1. ^ A. Zak, The Velvet Underground Companion: Four Decades of Commentary (Music Sales Group, 22 Dec 2000), ISBN 0825672422, p. 78.
  2. ^ Bockris, Victor (1994). Transformer: The Lou Reed Story. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 107. ISBN 0-684-80366-6. "Andy said I should write a song about Edie Sedgwick. I said 'Like what?' and he said 'Oh, don't you think she's a femme fatale, Lou?' So I wrote 'Femme Fatale' and we gave it to Nico. (Lou Reed)" 
  3. ^ Full Albums: The Velvet Underground & Nico. covermesongs.com. Retrieved 14 September 2012
  4. ^ "Tour history - songs : Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)". Spfc.org. Retrieved 2013-07-20.