For the past couple of years, Brian Eno has had a pretty solid spot on my playlist. Tom Waits will always hold a special place in my dirty ol' heart. But, if I look back at the last fifteen years or so, it's Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, hands down.
Enter, Henry's Dream. Probably my favorite album by Cave & co.From the opening track, the raw instrumentals and dark lyrics twine together in something that is just beautiful. If you like your music moody and bleak, that is.
I sure do.One of my favorite "love songs" of all time, "Straight to You," gave a name to the mascot of my faux high school in the imaginary town of Springdale:
Yes, the Springdale Saints, "drunk and howling at the moon," were named after a Nick Cave song.
"Heaven has denied us its kingdom
The saints are drunk howling at the moon
The chariots of angels are colliding
Well, I'll run, babe, but I'll come running
Straight to you"
Here's Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds performing "Papa Won't Leave You, Henry" from Henry's Dream. Watch the clip, then listen to the whole album.
(I miss albums...I can listen to Henry's Dream through without skipping a track. Just beautiful.)