Nick Cave is the proof that how popular a painter waiting to be discovered can become in an interdisciplinary journey through art. In his 45-year-long artistic career, he has inspired unique styles as we have witnessed how he became a giant on stage as an idiosyncratic artist. After 17 years, we’ll lose ourselves in the deep lyrics of Nick Cave and his band The Bad Seeds in Istanbul as part of Istanbul Jazz Festival. Now it’s time to listen to him with three unforgettable songs before his concert.
The deep mystery offered by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in their album “Push the Sky Away” in 2013 as a result of their 30-year collaboration and creativity is so evident in “Jubilee Street” that we feel we’re in Cave’s world for six minutes. Featuring violin tunes of Warren Ellis, the song mesmerizes us so much that we take a momentary break from life.
A rock’n roll song written by Lloyd Price in 1958, “Stagger Lee” is a song Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds enjoy singing together. In their recent performances, Cave adds the lyric “In come the devil with a fucking iPhone in his hand” to criticize the audience and make them laugh. The uncensored version of the song embedded with dark and illegal concepts brings Nick Cave a real rock’n roll aesthetic. You create a hell out of your state of mind and jump into that fire. The song succeeds in conveying that feeling!
Featured in the soundtrack for the movie “The Assassination of Jesse James” in 2007, “Song for Bob” feels like a therapy and a spiritual void with its experimental spiritualism. The collaboration between Warren Ellis is one of the best soundtracks in which Nick Cave expressed his identity as an artist, author and director with its short-repetitive sound motifs.