Sunday, 15 March 2009

Stagger Lee


Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee (Live)

Over the last week I've bought nearly every Nick Cave album. It's been a real experience. There is nothing like listening to songs like Stagger Lee and then trying to hide the smerck on your face when walking down the street, so that you don't look like an insane person.

Stagger Lee is off of Murder Ballads, which is by their own admission a NCaBDs comedy record. It's based on the legend of Stagger Lee, a right bad mofo, he sounds a bit like Craig Charles to me. Anyway, there are some other songs dedicated to Stagger Lee and most of them are right jolly old foot stompers:


Wilbert Harrison - Stagger Lee

This is a right rag time jaunt. It makes Stagger Lee sound like a good old boy with a bit of an anger problem, rather than the sodomising murderer of the Nick Cave songs.


Isley Brothers - Stagger Lee

America's most frantic threesome doing their own version of Stagger Lee. This is my favourite, it makes a violent confrontation sound like so much fun.

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