SONG OF THE DAY Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Tupelo

Tupelo-by-nick-cave.jpgWith Nick Cave’s rasping vocals erupting out over a heavy, taut melody its no wonder this song packs more tension than a box of coiled springs! For its jerky, close atmosphere I keep thinking of Toydrum’s God Song when I hear this and love its relentless jumpiness!

Tupelo was the second single from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ second album The Firstborn is Dead, released in 1985.  Ranked number 5 among the “Tracks of the Year” by the NME, the song was written by Barry Adamson, Nick Cave and Mick Harvey in mid-late 1984.  Using biblical imagery, the track describes the birth of Elvis Presley during a heavy storm in Tupelo, Mississippi and is loosely based on the John Lee Hooker song of the same title, which also focuses on a flood in the same town.   The “looky looky yonder” motif that is featured in the song is derived from a song of the same name recorded by Lead Belly, (also usually found as part of a medley which Cave himself covered under the title Black Betty on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ third album, Kicking Against the Pricks. ) …its another Cave corker! Listen above.

About The Listening Post Blog

The Listening Post Blog - A place to discover new sounds, where the music speaks for itself..
This entry was posted in Alternative Rock, Alternative rock/blues and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Let me know your thoughts, leave comments here:

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.