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"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. 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".
- Lou Reed - guitar, backing vocals
- John Cale - piano, bass
- Sterling Morrison - guitar, backing vocals
- Maureen Tucker - percussion
- Nico - lead vocals
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including:
- Big Star, on the 1978 album Third/Sister Lovers
- Skat (formerly The Chefs) as the A side of their 1982 single
- Tracey Thorn on her 1982 solo debut album A Distant Shore
- Propaganda, on the 1984 12" single Dr Mabuse
- Dramarama, on the 1985 album Cinéma Vérité
- R.E.M., on the 1987 album Dead Letter Office
- Tom Tom Club, on the 1988 album Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom
- Duran Duran, on the 1993 album Duran Duran
- Pansy Division, on the 1995 album Pile Up
- FourPlay String Quartet, on the 2000 album The Joy Of…
- Jazzhole, on the 2000 album Blackburst
- Ours, on the 2002 album Precious
- Elisa, on the 2003 album Lotus
- Émilie Simon, on the 2003 album Émilie Simon (bonus disc)
- Owen, on the 2006 album At Home With Owen
- Smashing Pumpkins side project Spirits in the Sky, on their 2009 tour.
- Aloe Blacc, on the 2010 album Good Things
- Girl in a Coma, on their 2010 covers album Adventures in Coverland
- Genevieve Waite, as a bonus track on the 2005 CD re-release of her 1973 album Romance Is on the Rise
- Samuel Windmill of The Percolaters, in an unreleased solo cover from the same session as the band's 2012 debut EP
- Concrete Blonde, While opening for Wall of Voodoo on their "Happy Planet" tour in Australia, they played the song in honor of Lou Reed's birthday in Melbourne, on March 2, 1988