Another Nick Cave ‘top ten LPs’ article. Murder Ballads at #3 – really? Lyre/Abattoir at #2 – REALLY? And Cave’s finest moment at a lowly #5.
Kicking Against The Pricks covers LP featured three songs associated with Johnny Cash. This album eventually reversed the situation, with Cash covering the track The Mercy Seat. This Bad Seeds signature tune is breathlessly compelling – in both its music and death row narrative. Based on tape loops of a drumstick hitting a bass-guitar’s strings, it’s a subtle but distinctive variant on rock’s eternal instrumentation. Deanna and City Of Refuge – respectively, adaptations of the hymn Oh Happy Day and a Blind Willie Johnson song – showed The Bad Seeds’ emerging with their own reading of the grand tradition.