Monday, April 04, 2016

Killing joke?

For someone who had never considered the parallels between Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads and gangsta rap, Dele Fadele's article for the Quietus, marking the twentieth anniversary of the album's release, makes for interesting reading.

Even if you don't buy his argument, the piece is nevertheless useful for establishing the exact number of murders that the album details: 75 humans and one dog. When they played at Glastonbury back in 2009, my party's body count sweepstake was blown apart by the fact that the set ended with 'Stagger Lee'...

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