Grinderman [Special]

Grinderman [Special]

For decades, Nick Cave, ringmaster of his own rock'n'roll circus, has been an unlikely paragon of routine. Not routine music, per se, but music made as part of a routine. Check in to the office, check out of the office. Repeat. Don't wait for your muse to come to you. Go to her first and demand she appear. Contrary to his reputation as a bit of a wild man, by his own account Cave's spent the past several years a man of discipline, with rules right down to what rules need be discarded, and when. Grinderman, then, is Cave's considered decision to set aside those rules and make a sideways move into the realm of stripped down-- but far from mellow-- rock.

Inspired by the creation of the most recent Bad Seeds release, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, Cave took his cohorts Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, and Jim Sclavunos into the studio to slash and burn their way through new ideas until they'd amassed enough for an album.

Unlike Abattoir/Lyre however, Cave kept the remaining Bad Seeds on the sidelines and, rather than flesh out the results, left them raw and stinging, setting aside his piano in favor of guitar. By doing so Cave has predictably invited comparisons to his first claim to fame, the Birthday Party-- and not without reason. Grinderman reveals Cave has rediscovered (or at least reembraced) the possibilities of the theatrical punk dirge, with arrangements that threaten to fly right off the rails. But the Cave of the Birthday Party and the Cave of Grinderman are totally different beasts, and for that we can thank Cave's (yes) discipline-- as a writer, singer and as a bandleader. Grinderman are an indulgent study in excess, sure, but the twist is that at every turn Cave keeps the chaos carefully in check, emphasizing messiness when need be but also showcasing the deceptively precise playing of his band as well as his loose and at times gloriously silly lyrics. The savage and snarling Birthday Party were as stark and nihilistic as the Bad Seeds are bombastic and apocalyptic, but Cave has never fully played the role of Prince of Darkness.

As a songwriter he can be scary, moving, and intense, but thankfully Cave's rarely humorless. In fact, Cave's mirthfulness is one of his enduring gifts. He's the kind of guy who'll rhyme "Orpheus" with "orifice" not just because it's clever, but also because his inner Beavis & Butthead finds it funny.

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Grinderman - Grinderman 2 (2010)

Tracklist :
  1. Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man
  2. Worm Tamer
  3. Heathen Child
  4. When My Baby Comes
  5. What I Know
  6. Evil
  7. Kitchenette
  8. Palaces of Montezuma
  9. 9 Bellringer Blues
Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (Remixes) (Promo CDM) (2008)

Tracklist :
  1. No Pussy Blues (Adam Freeland Remix) 5:42
  2. No Pussy Blues (Midfield General Remix) 7:59
  3. No Pussy Blues (T. Raumschmiere Vox Edit) 4:11
  4. No Pussy Blues (G.e.R.M. Remix) 4:47
  5. No Pussy Blues (Electronic Periodic Radio Edit) 3:59
  6. No Pussy Blues (Album Version) 4:20
Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (Remixes)

Grinderman - Grinderman (2007)

  1. Get It On
  2. No Pussy Blues
  3. Electric Alice
  4. Chain Of Flowers
  5. Don't Set Me Free
  6. Decoration Day
  7. Love Bomb
  8. Honey Bee
  9. Man On The Moon
  10. Go Tell The Women
  11. Vortex
  12. Rise
  13. Get It On (new vocal)
Grinderman - Grinderman