Saturday, April 7, 2018

Nico - Drama of Exile (1981)

The incomparable Nico's criminally underrated fifth LP. Gone are the harmonium-driven dirges, and in their place, dissonant, druggy, weirdly hypnotic new wave. Between this drastic change in sound and the drug-fueled controversy surrounding its recording and re-recording (google it if you're interested) Drama of Exile never really got a fair shake, and has ended up long out-of-print and practically forgotten. But fuck that. It might not have the timeless elegance of her first four albums, but it's still a great record.

Track listing:
1. Genghis Khan
2. Purple Lips
3. One More Chance
4. Hendry Hudson
5. Waiting for the Man
6. Sixty Forty
7. The Sphinx
8. Orly Flight
9. "Heroes"

Do we have to give it all away?

[When making this post, I didn't known that the other version of this album was significantly harder to find, so for posterity, here it is.]

You should also hear:
Lene Lovich -
Flex (1979)
Poly Styrene -
Translucence (1981)


  1. The real question is, does anyone have a decent rip of the second version with “Saeta” and “Vegas” which is the better version of the album . I’ve been looking for years and never saw it but there’s a decent rip of “Saeta” on YouTube somehow. Also the album she did after this, called Camera Obscura is my fav Nico album. Well worth hearing if you want to hear her do super dirgy grey sounding new wave. I’ll take all of her records over VU and Cale and Reed solo any day of the week. Except maybe Metal Machine Music. That I like as much as Nico.

    1. Yeah I've heard it, also great. Although I dig all VU and lots of Reed and Cale solo stuff as well. Here's the other version, probably would have posted this if I'd realized it was harder to find:

  2. Goddamn that’s awesome! I totally didn’t mean to imply that I don’t also like VU, Reed, and Cale solo. I definitely do. I just like Nico a whole lot more.

    1. Ah gotcha, fair enough, I probably listen to her more than the rest of that stuff, too

  3. Any chance you can re-up the alternate version? Thanks!

    1. YAH

    2. So quick. Thanks again!