Busy whole weekend, actually...

>> Sunday, June 22, 2008

...but that's a good thing. Friends are well, things are good. And despite that, we'll go with another downer video of sorts--more Polly Jean Harvey, this time with Nick Cave: their duet from Cave's brilliant Murder Ballads, "Henry Lee". For those who don't know: there's nothing idle in the title Murder Ballads--the album consists of nine murder ballads* and one cover of a Bob Dylan hymn ("Death Is Not The End"); the contextual irony of the Dylan inclusion should be obvious from the title alone.

Am I the only one who thinks this video puts Cave and Harvey into the running for sexiest goth couple ever? There's such a sexual charge in their interplay--not bad for a song about a woman who seduces a man and dumps his corpse in a well the following day....

Hope you're still having a good weekend!

*Anyone who bitches about how much violence there is in music "these days" doesn't know shit about music history. Aside from all those bloody operas that used to be so popular, the popular folk music of the day contained an entire genre of songs about murder, rape, slaughter, and vengeance; the gangster rap of the Appalachians and Scottish Highlands, of the German mines and rolling English hills. Stabbings and shootings and poisonings; disgraced women, wrathful fathers, deceitful wives, jealous husbands. Nothing new under the sun, 'cept maybe the beats.


kimby Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 4:53:00 PM EDT  

There is something about his voice..haunting..makes me want to hear more.

Eric Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 5:52:00 PM EDT  

Nick Cave is utterly brilliant, and you should definitely seek his stuff out. His career has gone through a number of permutations, though--from arthouse punk to a kind of avant-garde crooner.

Murder Ballads might be a good, well-rounded place to start (especially if you liked this song). Live Seeds features a good mix of songs from the middle part of his career (performed live, surprise, surprise). One of my personal favorite albums of his is Tender Prey, but if you think you might be more interested in his contemplative side, No More Shall We Part consists largely of moody ballads.

He's a phenomenal singer and a brilliant songwriter. I'm glad you enjoyed the track.

vince Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:14:00 AM EDT  

I'm a big Nick cave fan. My favorite song of his? Are You the One I've Been Waiting For. I also like his covers of the old Elvis tune "In the Ghetto" and "Suzanne" from the Leonard Cohen tribute, and "Straight to You". And "The Mercy Seat." And "Love Letter." And "Into My Arms" (even though I disagree with the lyrics - still a damn good song!)

Aw, hell, almost any song he sings.

Tania Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:56:00 PM EDT  

Eric, the BBC had this and I thought of you

Celine Dion Voted Worst Cover Ever

And... I have been asked by my feline overlords to see if I can acquire Elf's mailing address. If you are willing to share it, would you send me a note to my gmail account? It's taniaDOTclucas.

Eric Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:31:00 PM EDT  

I sort of though Celine Dion was sort of alright when she was French Canadian, brunette, and kept her meals down. Then she married her father, dyed her hair, got bulimia, and started doing some kind of Vegas impression of a cat in heat suffering through a stroke. What the hell happened there? I've laughed at slasher films less scary than that woman. The thought of her performing "You Shook Me All Night Long" has a special kind of horror to it, the kind of horror normally felt by people trapped in a car that's stalled on railroad tracks. I clicked on the media player to play the excerpt: it reminded me of an unforgettable dream I had many years ago in college.

In the dream I was some kind of detective in a creepy house. I somehow came to realize that my then-girlfriend's body was buried underneath the house, and I was soon underneath it too, digging even though I knew what I would find; I kept digging even though I wanted to stop. I wanted to get the hell out of there, but I was digging with my bare hands, with the freezing inevitability of nightmares, and then I woke up. It was one of the worst dreams I've ever had, which is why it's stayed with me even though it was nearly half a lifetime ago. And that's how I felt pressing the "play" button to hear 30 seconds of Celine Dion performing AC/DC. I have to admit it was not quite as bad I expected, though paradoxically it wasn't any better than I expected, either.

Eric Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:37:00 PM EDT  

That first sentence should have been "sort of thought," not "sort of though..." Oh well.

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