Saturday 12 May 2007

"She just didn't want to."

There was some discussion here in comments yesterday of Grinderman, the new album from Nick Cave et al.
It occurred to me that, since I didn't have anywhere to announce things at the time, my regular readers probably missed the 2-colour cover I did for the Oct 2003 issue of Punk Planet, featuring my ink portrait of the man himself. There's a shadowy impression of his younger self in the background, but it's mostly covered with text.
There's an excellent review of the album at Popmatters
'No Pussy Blues' is a killer:
I bought her a dozen snow-white doves,
I did her dishes in rubber gloves,
I called her Honeybee, I called her Love,
But she just still didn't want to.
She just never wants to.
I thought I'd try another tack,
I drank a litre of cognac,
I threw her down upon her back,
But she just laughed and said
that she just didn't want to.



Blogger Loris Z. said...

I seriously need to catch up with what I'm listening now... I didn't even know there was a new album by him.

The portrait looks wonderful. I specially like the way the ink behaves and creates patterns in the background.

12 May 2007 at 01:40:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

Very nice Eddie. I didn't realize you were a fan of that kind of music. All I've ever heard you talk about prior was Jazz and Classical. Although, now that I think of it, you did do a strip about playing the Sex Pistols for your father-in-law. Nick Cave has always been a lyrical master in my eyes, but his solo music has never resonated with me, most of the time. Birthday Party has always been one of my favorite bands, along with The Beatles, The Cranberries, The Cure, and Korn. All bands that sound nothing like each other. Go figure. Is Honeybee a term of endearment in Australia, that everybody uses, or has Nick been reading your stuff?

12 May 2007 at 01:43:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Tom Abba said...

See, I don't check Eddie's blog for a day or two, and I miss the Grinderman discussion, with all it's attendant growling and stomping. We've done our thing then..

12 May 2007 at 05:03:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

I'll have to see what it's about. Don't know what Grinderman is and I've never heard of Nick Cave. Nice illustration.

12 May 2007 at 06:06:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And in other non-comics news, one of the Grinderman chaps is named Warren Ellis. But it's not that Warren Ellis.

I always liked the Birthday Party too, usually prefer them to his later stuff although his solo work got better once he stopped pretending he was living in a Flannery O'Connor novel.

12 May 2007 at 06:14:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Tom Abba said...

John, you know what, I can't now remember whether I found O'Connor through Cave, or the other way around.

Hemlockman. Start with Red Right Hand and you won't go far wrong.

12 May 2007 at 06:36:00 GMT-5  
Blogger drjon said...


12 May 2007 at 06:46:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That illustration is GORGEOUS.

I just discovered Nick Cave last year -- finally connecting the song "Into my Arms" from the film ZERO EFFECT to him and his wonderful THE BOATMANS CALL album.

16 May 2007 at 19:12:00 GMT-5  
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14 February 2008 at 10:14:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Eddie.
I'm a french journalist and i'd like to get in touch with you.

I'd like to propose you to "work" on a collective book about rock figures (like Nick Cave).
The idea is to have different comic books artists drawing on their favorite rock artist (picked up in a list I made - from AC/DC to Zappa).
This book will be published in France by Flammarion.

For now, french artists like Luz, Riad Sattouf, Manu Larcenet, Bouzard or Berberian are OK.
Maybe you could be interested ?
As i don't find any way to contact you directly, i give you my email (a real message in a bottle) :

PS The New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds is awesome !

Sincerely yours,

14 February 2008 at 10:17:00 GMT-5  

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