Watch Nick Cave’s game-changing cover Jimi Hendrix song ‘Hey Joe’ live in 1990
While live music remains off the menu for the foreseeable future, the Far Out ‘From The Vault’ section offers a socially distanced opportunity to revisit some of the most iconic moments in music history. Here, we look back the moment Nick Cave joined forces with his Bad Seeds bandmate Mick Harvey to cover Jimi Hendrix song ‘Hey Joe’.
The performance, which occurred on popular American TV show Sunday Night, arrived as part of the Night Music section which ran for aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 and was hosted by Jools Holland. On episode 213, which also featured the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Toots Thielemans and more, Bad Seeds duo Cave and Harvey decided to mix it up a little bit.
The song, which has controversial ownership roots, is argued to be written by either Billy Roberts or Dino Valenti in the early 1960s. While the track bounced between a number of people during its early inception, there is absolutely no doubting that in October 1966, when a certain musician going by the name of Jimi Hendrix recorded ‘Hey Joe’ for his first single with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, that the material had a new owner.
With that song, Hendrix and his band had been propelled to international stardom and, in doing so, cemented ‘Hey Joe’ as the staple rock and roll track, one which is now solidified in the annals of music history. While many have attempted to put their own spin on the track, such as Patti Smith, Soft Cell, Deep Purple and countless others, Cave and the Bad Seeds managed to make their effort stick out with wonderful creativity.
Backed by the house band, which included David Sanborn on the saxophone, Charlie Haden on the double bass, Toots Thielemans with the harmonica, Jools Holland on the keys and, of course, Mick Harvey on the guitar, Nick Cave pays tribute to a song and a musician who has inspired generations of future stars.