“I was completely blown away”
Nick Cave congratulated fans who delivered their cover versions of classic Bad Seeds hits on his “Bad Seed TeeVee” platform last weekend.
The musician launched the 24/7 video service in April and has been streaming a series of rare and never-before-seen footage from the Bad Seeds archive ever since.
Last week, Cave took to Instagram to ask his followers to participate in the project, announcing, “Bad Seed TeeVee will be streaming non-stop fan-submitted cover videos on repeat this weekend from Friday 10am BST to Monday 10 a.m. BST.”
In a later post on his RedHandFiles site, Cave praised fan interpretations and revealed his favorites in an event-related contest.
He wrote: “I was absolutely blown away. Seriously. The cover versions were brilliant. Many of them, as far as I was concerned, were glorious advances on the originals. Maria Højrup’s magnificent Bright Horses, the opera Avalanche, scary and superior No Pussy Blues by Saint Agnes and Loverman-riot by Asa, the absolutely epic Galleon Ship and the super-disturbing Jack the Ripper, that really good Higgs Boson Blues by Ladyship Warship – wow, the interpretation of Wild Rose (finally in tune), and the beautiful Covid-harp version, the Watching Alice snuff video, Paul at the piano playing Push the Sky Away, the kid singing We No Who UR on the acoustic guitar in the Clash t-shirt , and many other beautiful versions of this song.
After praising a host of other covers, he then singled out two fan interpretations that had a lasting effect on him.
“But there were two songs, both by Ghosteen that for me stopped time itself. The deeply moving version of Ilya Gruzdev’s Spinning Song, with its extraordinarily touching home video footage, was such a bizarre, bold and emotional elevation of the original. I loved this. Watching him, well, it was very hard for me to keep my shit together,” he wrote.
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“And the other song, Waiting For You by Juldiz, with its incredibly haunting video, felt like it was tied by her fingertips to the end of the world and could fly away at any moment. It was really one of the most beautiful and precarious musical moments I’ve heard in a very long time. It was a performance that emerged deep within the song itself, on that delicious edge of collapse where lives so much art, radiating millions of painful miles. Incredibly beautiful.
Cave concluded: “As I said, I was very affected by what I saw this weekend. We were all, I think, based on the love and support of the Bad Seed community in the Vortex comments section. There have been many covers of my songs over the years, but rarely have I heard them performed with such honesty, understanding, creativity, conviction and pure heart. This stuff is the real deal and exactly what music should be. Thank you all. It was an honor to be part of it. »
This comes after the “Ghosteen” musician recently surprised fans by launching a new line of official merchandise. The ‘Cave Things’ online store features lyric sheets, Cave designed prints, T-shirts and Warren Ellis picks and bags.