The Song: Dig, Lazarus, dig!!
The Band: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
This little number hails from 2008, from the band’s 14th(!) studio album of the same title. They come off as fresh-faced and crackerjack-feverish as back in their earliest days. The energy is radiant, the drive fiercely propulsive, the melody ridiculously infectious. True to form, frontman Nick Cave presents as a wily-deranged gothic figure: tragic, weary yet sagacious, bloodied but unbowed. Then there’s his urgent, breathless delivery - massively confident in his observations yet seemingly unaware of precisely how manic he sounds. The man possesses excellent theatrical instincts.
The song surges forward on the strength of its sheer structural simplicity - a huge part of its oblique charm. But the heart of it is the bent narrative Cave tirelessly reels off, practically foaming at the mouth while loudly declaiming a tale of tawdry calumny and fateful mis-steps. The gnarly guitars and the huge rhythm section fall smartly into step to support Cave in his epic spiel. It sounds like band had a great time recording this one, judging by its drum-tight, unwavering momentum. The reinforcing chorus alone is impossible to ignore. The official release video brilliantly underscores what is already a clasic song and shines a light on the sense of humour coursing beneath the surface of this crazed track. Oh, poor Larry.
Brace yourself - this one has a pulse.
Posted by Max MacDonald