Monday, 30 June 2008

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

BBC Four Sessions: Friday 4 July

One of the perks of my job is being able to see the occasional BBC Four Session filmed at LSO St Luke's, a beautiful 18th-century Hawksmoor church on Old Street. Last month I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds turn in a barnstorming performance there which you can see on TV this Friday.

Nick Cave is one of those characters whose music I really like, but have never devoted sufficient time to really get to love. However, his reputation as a live performer is so great that I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to see him play this relatively small gig. Fans will see from the set list I nabbed off the stage after the show that it was a brilliant mixture of "hits" and highlights from the new album Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

At times Cave came across like a revival preacher, stomping his feet and converting any non-believers there might have been in the audience, yet one of my favourite moments was not musical. After being told that the curfew meant there would be no time for an encore, Cave said that BBC Four was a "crappy channel" and he was "more of an ITV man". I love the image of the Cave family sitting down to Coronation Street after their tea.

Not all of the songs performed have made the final programme, but you can watch Into My Arms, Tupelo and Moonland in full on our website. This excellent interview is also well worth watching:

The gig is only one treat BBC Four have for Nick Cave fans on Friday. They're also showing a 1999 episode of Songwriter's Circle featuring Cave with John Cale and Chrissie Hynde and an hour-long compilation of Nick Cave highlights from Later... With Jools Holland. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. And enjoy these two MP3s.

MP3: Nick Cave - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

MP3: Johnny Cash - The Mercy Seat (Nick Cave cover)

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