Nick Cave Makes the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart Go Bluegrass

I don’t normally rave about soundtracks, cause let’s face it, about 99% of the time, they’re about as exciting as  getting stuck in traffic.  They normally feature a bunch of lame bands  that won’t stand the test of time and who’s contributions to said soundtrack are cheesy throwaway songs, which makes the whole thing even worse. However, every once in a while, the 1% shows up and gives us something cool. This time, part of that 1% has manifested in the soundtrack for John Hillcoat’s new film Lawless. I’ve been a huge Nick Cave fan for a while, so the fact that he wrote the script and assembled the soundtrack had me intrigued. The fact that he was getting some of my favorite artists like Mark Lanegan, Leila Moss (the babe from the Duke Spirit), and Cave himself to do bluegrass covers of the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart had me by the ear before I even heard the first notes. When I did, I was blown away.

Cave formed a side band to put these songs together. They appropriately named themselves the Bootleggers and perform on almost every other track. Having heard a lot of Cave’s soundtrack work, I can say this is probably his best. Every track has a sense of urgency that makes them impossible to ignore, with one of the most memorable tracks being Ralph Stanley’s take on “White Light/White Heat.”  I haven’t seen the film yet (I might today), but it seems like the soundtrack was made with more than just for the sake of having music in the background. With Cave being involved the story and music, it seems like this gave him the opportunity to full flesh out the story that played out in his head.

You can hear a couple of tracks below or listen to the full soundtrack HERE. Cave’s next project is said to be returning to the Bad Seeds, but this should hold us over until then.

Fire and Brimestone – The Bootleggers ft. Mark Lanegan

Sure Nuff Yes I Do  – The Bootleggers ft. Mark Lanegan

White Light White Heat – Ralph Stanley

One Response to “Nick Cave Makes the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart Go Bluegrass”
  1. John says:

    Totally agree! Don and Lou……never been heard like that!

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