Grinderman + Fripp = Super Heathen Child (update)

Grinderman: The Raw, The Insane, The Depraved.

Here’s ‘Super Heathen Child’, the extended version, featuring Robert Fripp on guitar.

Notable quotes on Grinderman’s ‘Heathen Child’

*The song is everything you would expect a raw power rock Nick Cave would be, and the visuals are a glimpse into an unspeakable hell. It’s depraved and sick beyond anything we have seen. It’s a sign of the moral degradation of the modern world. We enjoyed it immensely.
Jeff Rouner, HoustonPress Blog, 17 Aug 2010.

*If the so-wrong-it’s-right video for Grinderman’s “Heathen Child” wasn’t insane enough for you, you probably have serious issues. But maybe those issues can be cured by a remix of the tune called “Super Heathen Child”, which features a two-minute guitar solo from art-rock legend Robert Fripp? Nobody else plays guitar like him. Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, 16 Aug 2010

*Bad Seeds videos have been hit or miss, but they have largely been stellar when Hillcoat has been involved. This time around, he has combined quality filmmaking, stock footage, and Nick Cave’s underwear into a mindmash of splendor. The video is a tad not safe for work, but if you minimize your browser and blast the song, you have the option of turning your workplace into a palace of depravity. Maria Schurr, Pop Matters, 10 Aug 2010

The Cave – Fripp Connection (in case you missed it)

Nick Cave and Robert Fripp rocking in Telford

Nick Cave and Robert Fripp rocking in Telford (Tx to
The initial contact was made a few weeks before when Robert Fripp was at Scadge Studios and recorded some guitar takes for the original version of ‘Heathen Child’ the new single from Nick Cave’s band Grinderman… Following this session, Nick decided to visit Scadge Studios in Telford to extend the single, after asking Robert to play new guitar parts, including extended solo sections, to transform the track into ‘Super Heathen Child’. Nick had been inspired by Robert’s solo on ‘Baby’s on fire’ from Fripp’s work with Brian Eno.


In case you forgot about this character…. ain’t he grand? 😉

Nick Cave, 2008, by Juan Perez-Fajardo

3 thoughts on “Grinderman + Fripp = Super Heathen Child (update)

  1. Stuff of freakin’ legend… I’m absolutely speechless…. Fripp and Grinderman! NC inspired by Baby’s on Fire! The same Fripp that played on Bowie’s “Heroes”. Heard this track last week… off to listen to it again….

  2. Cave’s spontaneous combustion
    The Australian, Aug 20, 2010, by Iain Shedden

    NICK Cave has spent much of his career flirting with God and the devil; less so with Mickey Mouse, Steve McQueen and mythical Scottish beasts.

    On his latest project, however, all five rub shoulders.

    The Loch Ness monster, for example, inhabits Worm Tamer, one of the nine songs on the second album from Grinderman, Cave’s band when it isn’t called Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
    There’s a mix of humour and menace in Worm Tamer’s monster (“two great big humps and then I’m gone”) that encapsulates the adventurous and spontaneous spirit of Cave’s Grinderman persona.

    “There’s a ramped-up sexual anxiety that builds during that song that I’m quite pleased with,” says the singer, adding wryly, “but no way is it meant to reflect on my own sexual prowess. I was speaking for the common man.”

    Cave is speaking enthusiastically about Grinderman 2, the follow-up to Grinderman’s self-titled 2007 debut. Like its predecessor, it’s an album soaked in primal, free-form rock ‘n’ roll, with an energy that reflects the chemistry of its creators as well as the spontaneous atmosphere in which it was created.

    Grinderman, the band, stems from the Australian singer’s decision five years ago to start writing songs on guitar — an instrument relatively new to him — instead of piano. From that the new band, featuring Bad Seeds’ Jim Sclavunos, Warren Ellis and Martyn P. Casey, took on a different hue, made all the more distinct by the improvised manner in which both Grinderman albums were recorded.

    There’s a raw power and unpredictability in the music and in Cave’s lyrics, which stem from him ranting away in the studio while the band goes off around him.

    It’s a process more reminiscent of his early days in Melbourne punk band the Birthday Party than in the more considered mayhem of the Bad Seeds.

    “It’s about going into the studio without any preparation; no lyrics, nothing like that,” he says. “It’s about booking five days in there and starting to play music, not with the idea of recording songs but just for the purpose of playing as a band together.”

    After that, Cave crafts the results into a whole. “I trawl through everything and edit the little bits of music that are in there that seem to have some kind of potential or are interesting in some kind of way,” he says.

    “Then I take those out of the studio, listen to them and try to work out how to turn these bits of music into songs.”

    The tracks he has emerged with this time include Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man, Heathen Child and Evil, all of which feature a loose-limbed and occasionally brutal force, topped by Cave’s familiar, wry sneer.

    It’s a role in which the 52-year-old Victorian appears exceptionally comfortable. However, Grinderman is by no means just a side project, “something that a bunch of bored, seasoned musicians do”, as he puts it.

    “It was always more than that. After the first album we wanted to do another one almost immediately. It felt like we were, like any band, just beginning to find ourselves. With the second one it really does feel like a band. Plus everyone else has gravitated towards it as well.”

    By that he means everyone with a vested interest, such as his record company, Mute. “Everyone who’s dealing with Grinderman looks at it in a different way now, whereas initially it was a marketing problem. It’s now not and it’s seen as a serious endeavour.”


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