Stagger Lee (Official Promo 1995)
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Derek McCulloch, author of the graphic novel, ‘Stagger Lee’, cover pictured at left, writes:
Stagger Lee – Nick Cave: Probably the most unsparing version ever recorded, Cave’s rendition is a musical transcription of a prison toast (a pre-rap spoken word form) that’s been around for decades. I only say it’s “probably” the most unsparing version on the off-chance that someone else set the toast to music and I haven’t yet heard it. Here, Stag is boiled down to a quintessence of pride and aggression. To say this Stagger Lee takes no shit is like saying the Atacama desert is a tad dry.
“He said, ‘Mr. Motherf*cker, you know who I am?’/The barkeeper said, ‘No, and I don’t give a good goddamn.’”
SEE: “Book Notes: Derek McCulloch” at Largehearted Boy’s Blog (from 2007)
Stagger Lee Book (official site) by Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – French TV – 1996