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Nick Cave explains 'Peaky Blinders' impact after its use of 'Red Right Hand'


Nick Cave has been talking about the impact of Peaky Blinders after the BBC show used his song ‘Red Right Hand’ as its theme music.

The crime drama, primarily set in Birmingham in the aftermath of World War I, was created by Steven Knight and stars the likes of Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and more.

The BAFTA winning show, which uses Cave’s track as its opening theme, has continually grown in popularity over the years and featured music from the likes of Iggy Pop, Jarvis Cocker and has plans to include David Bowie in the new season. Despite that, the Bad Seeds track has remained the ever-present throughout the show and, while appearing in Birmingham as part of his In Conversation tour, Cave was asked about the collaboration.

“This question, Nick, is about Birmingham,” one fan began, “A few years ago, a new show aired on BBC and the opening scene had a man walking down a bleak street in early-1900s Birmingham, to your song ‘Red Right Hand’. Tell me, have you seen a spike in interest in your music and your person as a result of Peaky Blinders?”

Cave responded: “Fucking Birmingham It’s a great show,” per Birmingham Live. “But so many people come up to me and say ‘I’m a huge fan’ and have discovered my music through Peaky Blinders. But was Birmingham really like that?” he said while laughing.

The audience member then jokingly replied: “It still is.”

In more Peaky Blinders related news, actor Cillian Murphy once revealed that the late David Bowie was a big fan of BBC TV show and was gifted a very special piece of the show before he passed away.

Murphy, previously speaking on the red carpet prior to a premiere of a new series of the drama, explained that the show’s popularity has risen to heights that he and the show’s creators never really expected. 

The actor, who plays the role of Thomas ‘Tommy’ Shelby, also explained that Bowie that prior to his death the Starman sent Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight an early copy of his most recent album. 

Murphy, in response to Bowie’s seal of approval, sent the iconic singer the cap he used while filming the first series as a Christmas present.  

“We were friends and I sent him the cap from the first series as a Christmas present,” Murphy explained in an interview with Birmingham Live. “He was a very sweet man and a genuine fan of Peaky Blinders, and I was a huge, huge David Bowie fan.”

“He was very private and probably wouldn’t like all this fuss,” he continued. “It’s sad, isn’t it?” he added.

Adding to the Bowie and Peaky Blinders loving, the show’s creator Knight explained: “We all grew up with David Bowie and he’s a hero,” before adding that his fandom was a major reason why they included a song from Blackstar on the upcoming new series. 

He added: “It’s a major thing that someone like that was a fan of the show. He said he wanted his music to be part of it, but at the time I didn’t know it was his dying wish.”