I have just been doing a little research behind today’s song and discovered that “The Higgs boson is a theoretical elementary particle, nicknamed by the popular press as the God Particle, which supposedly holds everything together.” If you can get your head around that, perhaps you can fathom out how Robert Johnson, Miley Cyrus and particle physics all come together in this nine beautiful-yet-complex minutes of song (see above)….and if you are still none the wiser, this is nine minutes well spent regardless!!!
Higgs Boson Blues appeared on Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ fifteenth studio album, Push The Sky Away, which was released in February 2013 on the band’s own label, Bad Seed Ltd. Recorded at La Fabrique in southern France, it was the first album not to feature founding member Mick Harvey (who left in January 2009), but was the first album that founding member Barry Adamson appeared on since their 1986 album, Your Funeral… My Trial.
Describing Push the Sky Away in a press release, Nick Cave said “if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat.”
I found two very superb live versions of Higgs Bosun Blues and couldn’t decide between them so here’s both! Above is a version shot at London’s 3 Mills Studios and below, a slightly shorter version, shot somewhere, not sure where!….