Tuesday 11 August 2009

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat

Here's today's Bang Bang Club track - no guarantee that it'll get played on Saturday (I've got a huge ever-growing playlist), but it's certainly in fitting with the spirit of the club.

This 12" actually belongs to my girlfriend and she apologises for a few crackles but I reckon the tracks all just sound mighty fine (certainly better than a few of my abused 12"s). The A-side is the full-length Tender Prey album version in all it's big-grooved 45rpm glory, and it's backed by a strung-out non-album track and the 'video mix' on the flip. Not the most value-for-money 12" ever bought but he was big on the smack at this point so it was all for a good cause.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are one of the few bands who are now in my "can't miss 'em" league and over the years it's been a great old ride - he never disappoints (unlike Primal Scream who've had a few turkeys over the years). Go see 'em if they play near you.

A friend who stays in Brighton (Cave territory) has given me two recent Cave anecdotes: that Nick was in a badminton team with his boss, which is crazy enough, but he was then spotted at a Xmas panto with his kids starring none other than Chico (he of X-Factor 'fame'). At the finale of the show Nick Cave was clocked dancing about waving a massive foam hand singing along to "It's Chico Time". No photo I'm afraid, but I so want to believe it. You gotta love him...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
A - The Mercy Seat (Full Length Version)
B1 - New Day
B2 - The Mercy Seat (Video Mix)

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