25 Nov 2004, Comments (0)

How we change

Author: Helen

What is that song? I thought, standing at the kitchen counter and listening to 3RRR while chopping things in the Sunday sunshine.
It was the cutest confection of spring silliness you have ever heard. It had gambolling lambs and robin redbreasts and twittering bluebird sound effects. It had a rousing singalong chorus. If it has a video clip, it should look something like the carousel scene in Mary Poppins.

I wanted it for our next party tape (I still call them party tapes although we burn CDs now.)

And who was the singer? He had a deep, fruity voice which made me think of Edwyn Collins of Orange Juice. It was exactly his kind of tongue in cheek, self deprecating nonsense, too. I also thought of Brad Garrett, the Eeyore-like older brother in Everybody loves Raymond. A fluffybunny novelty release in time for the Christmas market? William Shatner’s done it, after all.

No! It was Nick Cave, erstwhile purveyor of gloom and darkness.

FX Holden has more about the new double album, “Abbatoir Blues/the Lyre of Orpheus” which it comes from. It’s got pink and blue flowers on the cover.

Update: I rudely neglected to include a link to the earlier critique of the CDs on Road to Surfdom, which refers to this song as well.

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  • Tim says:

    Pretty weird subject matter for young Nick, but as I said at my place, I believe him to be sincere. Great album, especially the Orpheus one.

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