David Gilmour and Nick Cave are not, instinctively, two names that are readily associated with each other. Sure, both have predilections towards experimentation and theatrical productions, but Cave’s gothic take on post-punk and art-rock seems to fly in the face of the progressive rock and guitar histrionics of Gilmour’s style.
As it turns out, however, Gilmour and Cave have formed a mutual appreciation society. In an interview with Toronto radio station Q107, Gilmour is asked about his personal tastes. He demures when asked for his favourite guitar player (“I have lot’s of favourite guitar players.”) but concedes in calling Jeff Back “the person who I have admired the longest and most consistently.”
When the conversation turns to fan questions, the first inquiry involves his current listening albums. Initially calling himself too busy to recall, he has a lightbulb moment when recalling Nick Cave’s Push the Sky Away, calling it the “last album that I listened to the whole album and got a bit obsessed by and really enjoyed putting on and listening to the whole way through.”
Gilmour goes on to call Cave “brilliant” and cites him as a fellow Brighton inhabitant. One can only dream of potential jam sessions where Gilmour invites Cave onto his Astoria houseboat/recording studio for a few doom-filled rock and roll numbers.
Push the Sky Away was the first record to be put out on the Bad Seed’s own label Bad Seed Ltd. it was also the first album to not include the founding member Mick Harvey. Describing the record Cave once said, “if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heartbeat.”
The songs were constructed over the course of 12 months as Cave noted down his new musings “in a modest notebook”. Said book included the song’s which were compiled from “Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic English Wikipedia entries ‘whether they’re true or not’.”
It makes for not only one of the most engrossing albums in the band’s back catalogue but easily the most curious and bizarre. It’s a wild ride but one that’s worth staying on. It’s easy to see how Gilmour could be swept away in the sonic exuberance of Cave and the Bad Seeds in their pomp.
Check out the interview down below.