#222: 1994, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Do You Love Me?

by Ray_North on July 4, 2011

 

I think that this is a first for Songs To Learn And Sing, but, I am inspired to pick this 1994 Nick Cave song after reading his novel – ‘The Death of Bunny Monroe’, which has prompted me to dust down my version of Let Love In, his 1994 album which opens with this track.

The Death of Bunny Monroe, is a disturbing novel, which creates a bleak landscape in which the main protagonist Bunny Monroe, a despicable, selfish, misogynist who, after the suicide of his wife drags his doting nine year old boy on a road trip (well around Brighton) during which he leaves the boy in a Fiat Punto with only a child’s encyclopedia for company as he attempts to embark upon a series of sexual adventures which becomes an increasingly desperate orgy of sexual crime. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well.

It’s not a pleasant read – but, in many ways, Nick Cave’s music is not always easy either – his baritone voice is often monstrously haunting, whilst the subject matter is rich, rewarding and always challenging – taking in, as it does religion and death.

Cave is a true artist – he is a man who with a great deal to say and a wonderful insight into the dark side of the human condition – I recommend the book and I recommend this song as well.

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George_East July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

I loved his first novel – And The Ass Saw The Angel – it’s a dark southern gothic Old Testament infused book reminiscent of William Faulkner. I can’t think of many other rock/pop artists capable of writing literary fiction.

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Nick Rijke July 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Gotta love Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. A British Johnny Cash, except he’s Australian…

Into My Arms is more accessible and just lovely. The Godliness of love.

N.

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