I have wanted to write about Nick Cave on the blog for so long now. I’m a huge fan. A massive fan. But if you follow his music at all you’ll know he’s moved away from the abrasive gothic punk of the early Bad Seeds records into a more ethereal, post-rock space, so I was never sure if I could get away with that on the Rock & Roll blog.
I’m going to make the argument here though, that a cover of the T Rex song ‘Cosmic Dancer’ ticks enough boxes for me to chance it. It’s a glam rock song. Covered by a post-rock icon. There, enough said. I don’t care if it’s played on the piano with a load of orchestration, it’s a rock song and I stand by it.
I’m being slight facetious. But I think this is great and I can’t stop playing it. I also wanted to pick it to make the slightly broader point that you really (really, really, really) should check out his last album Ghosteen as well. It’s a tough listen in some respects as it deals almost exclusively with the tragic death of his teenage son, but it’s also achingly beautiful and another example of Cave pushing the rock genre ever further out on an experimental limb. It’s one of my favourite records released last year.
In fact, you know what? I’m going to stick a bonus song on the end of the post. ‘Bright Horses’, probably my favourite track from Ghosteen. If this doesn’t bring a tear to the eye then I don’t know what would.
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