“Cancer, rabies, S.A.R.S, hairy beards and hurtling stars, won’t somebody touch me?”
I’m a huge fan of Nick Cave in tear-stained-angelic-ballad mode but less so in fiery-satanic-Rock mode. So when I heard his new band had the title of “Grinderman” I was put off and I never bothered finding out if they were any good. But tuning into Jools Holland the other night, I was blown away by the power, the fury and also the Bee impersonations of Grinderman. ‘Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars)’ tackles post-millennial paranoia with everything from Bird Flu and antisocial behaviour to terrorism. So it’s basically the Daily Mail set to music but approximately seven billion times better than that sounds. When their searing performance came to an abrupt and thrilling end the camera moved over to Travis clutching their Acoustic Guitars. As you might imagine, they completely failed to “Upstage” Grinderman.