Cutting-Edge Cabaret Singer Tammy Faye Starlite Channels Femme Fetale Nico in a Thursday Weekly Residency at Pangea
In a night of theater and song, cutting-edge chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite returns with her entertaining downtown channeling of Nico, the alt ex-Velvet Underground singer, on the occasion of the 50th year anniversary of her solo recording, Chelsea Girl. The show’s title is “It Was a Pleasure Then,” one of the songs from the landmark album that was written by the singer and her Velvet buddies Lou Reed and John Cale.
Tammy Faye performs the entirety of Chelsea Girl that features songs by such songwriters as Sterling Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Tim Hardin (“Eulogy To Lenny Bruce”). Noteworthy is that Nico sang for the first time Browne’s “The Fairest of the Season,” “These Days” and “Somewhere There’s a Feather”—before he documented them on his own recordings. During Nico’s shining-star moment, the music was a practice of experimentalism, which Tammy Faye brings to the forefront in her stellar performance. —Dan Ouellette