In 1995, while appearing on MTV’s ‘Most Wanted’ show, a specially adapted version of the Bad Seeds arrived to perform a live rendition of Bob Dylan song ‘Death Is Not The End’.
The unusual line-up, which included Kylie Minogue and the Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan, would also see Blixa Bargeld share the vocals and former member Mick Harvey on the drums as a reflection of the track which also includes a mishmash of rock royalty.
The song, which was originally written by Bob Dylan for his 1988 album Down in the Groove, was covered by the Bad Seeds eight years later for their ninth, and perhaps most beloved studio album Murder Ballads.
While the record would become internationally famous because of Cave’s duet with Minogue on the single ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’, the Australian pop princess would also go on to add vocals elsewhere on the album.
Cave once said of the album: “I was kind of aware that people would go and buy the Murder Ballads album and listen to it and wonder ‘What the fuck have I bought this for?’ because the Kylie song wasn’t any true indication of what the record was actually like” — and he wasn’t wrong.
In what would prove to be arguably the most unusual trio of songwriters to appear on MTV, Minogue, Cave and MacGowan share the vocals before a surprising addition from Bargeld adds another dimension. It makes for a captivating performance.
See the performance, below.