Going For A Song: ‘I Need You’

Nick Cave & The Bad Seed – ‘I Need You’

After reading a review this week about the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds gig at the O2 Arena in London I was reminded I hadn’t chosen, on its release last year, a song off Skeleton Tree for Going For A Song, though I had meant to at the time.

The song ‘I Need You’ might serve as a good indicator of Skeleton Tree as an album: lyrics are uncluttered, direct (evidenced by ‘I Need You’ as a title), sung by Cave in a voice that for the first time admits age and fragility into its timbre. Sounds of synths and parred back instrumentation – a tender wash of sound – are put in motion by Thomas Wydler’s drums; the Bad Seeds’ vocals provide additional support, together holding up and urging the song and singer forward to the main admission.

A year on from when I first heard them song and album have lost none of their emotional force. They are quite an achievement.

Going For A Song – ‘Terrible Love’

The National – Terrible Love

I saw The National on Wednesday at the Hammersmith Apollo. It was a show that sometimes lost a little momentum due to the very nature of the songs The National write. However, this was noticeable only because of those occasions when the band strung together a selection of songs and got the pacing of the show completely right.

Off the new album songs ‘Bound to Beg’ and ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ stood out, but I’m choosing ‘Terrible Love’ which they finished with.

Going For A Song: ‘Rewind’

Jim Causley – Rewind

I’ve written about Jim Causley before, but it was this summer I listened to his album, Forgotten Kingdom, a lot; album and season weaving together in my mind. So to mark Friday’s equinox and the beginning of autumn I’ve chosen a song from that album that celebrates summer and its passing.

So come and roll me in the hay / Make a perfect end to a perfect day / For life is joy and life is gay / for only here and now

Going For A Song: ‘Dog Got A Bone’

The Beta Band – Dog Got A Bone

Another song off another record released in 1997 I’d like to give a mention to: ‘Dog Got A Bone’ off The Beta Band’s Champion Versions EP.

I didn’t buy this EP when it came out. I bought the 3EPs album in ’98, aptly titled as it collected together the 3EPs The Beta Band had released so far.

The most well-know song off Champion Versions (indeed maybe the most well-known song of the Beta Band full stop) is the opener ‘Dry The Rain’ (in no small part due to it being used in the film High Fidelity) so I thought I’d choose ‘Dog Got A Bone’, the last song on the EP.