Saturday, September 08, 2007

odd bedfellows



Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Toots Thielmans, David Sanborn, and Charlie Haden playing "Hey Joe," circa 1988.

11 comments:

Jeff said...

Nick Cave. He is an original. That was very brave of him on two counts. The first is that Hey Joe has subject matter that is probably far less PC to sing about now than it was years ago. The second was to take on a song that Jimi Hendrix had so thoroughly made his own. Cave did a pretty good job with it.

Jeff said...

probably far less PC to sing about now than it was years ago.

Sorry... or even in 1988, for that matter.

Liam said...

Hi Jeff--

Well, it works for Nick Cave, because his songs are often sung from the point of view of characters -- personae -- which he describes without making a judgment about. He has a whole album called "Murder Ballads" with songs of written from the point of view of murderers. Very novelistic in a way.

crystal said...

They don't call them the bad seeds for nothing :-)

jackjoe said...

Is jack banned?

jackjoe said...

jack pays you a great tribut on his blog. might want to look. alice

Liam said...

Jack, how are you?

jackjoe said...

Still kickin, but don't count on me in the olympics. Check your blog every day several times Jackekfo

cowboyangel said...

Well, that pretty much screwed me up for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot. I've seen a lot of weird musical combos in my life, but that definitely ranks as one of the weirdest. What's next? Iggy Pop and Kenny G, with Charlie Haden, doing "Mambo Italiano"? Tom Waits and Yanni, with Charlie Haden, doing "Dazed and Confused"?

Two things: 1) Nick Cave must have the longest face in the world. You could float him in water and launch naval jets off that thing. 2) Charlie Haden is the ultimate musical whore, isn't he? I mean, the guy plays with everyone. It gets a little creepy.

I don't know man, this just didn't seem right.

Liam said...

It's actually increased my respect for David Sanborn.

And give Charlie Haden a break -- guy's got to make some money. How's he going to do it? Playing with Ornette Coleman? Doing big band arrangements of Spanish Civil War songs?

cowboyangel said...

Sanborn's okay. I shouldn't link him to Kenny G and Yanni. But he's one of those guys who took coltrane's sound and turned it pretty vanilla. Made a lot of money with it. And he gigs on the Letterman show. Cool, yeah, but not truly jazz cool.