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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee


We take a quick look back at the weekend’s events and the highlight for me, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds aggressively captivating performance on the Pyramid Stage.

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis & Co decided to focus predominantly on new material from their fifteenth studio album, Push the Sky Away. Of course, they threw in a few crowd pleasers, notably the only track of their encore; Red Right Hand.

But, what I really enjoyed was watching Nick Cave stand and walk over the front row, straw hatted, sunglass wearing, neon face painted youngsters, of who were clearly organised festival goers waiting for the headline act; Mumford and Sons.

One track in which Cave was at his trampling best was Stagger Lee, as a he sings about the devil up pops a red-haired mystery woman dressed all in white reaching out and glaring into the Australian’s eyes. Hypnotic for a number of reasons, one because it felt as if we’re witnessing a spine tingling spiritual moment between the two, the second because she looked absolutely terrifying.

Please don’t feel like we intruded too much on a Shakespeare moment though, bear in mind Nick Cave isn’t whispering sweet nothings in her ear, he is at his lyrical best in this track:

“I’m a bad motherfucker, don’t you know and i’ll crawl over

Fifty good pussies just to get one fat boy’s asshole” Said Stagger Lee

Just then Billy Dilly rolls in and he says “You must be

That bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee” I’m Stagger Lee


Yeah, I’m Stagger Lee and you better get down on your knees and

Suck my dick, ‘cos if you don’t you’re gonna be dead” Said Stagger Lee

Billy dropped down and slobbered on his head

And Stag filled him full of lead oh yeah.

Lee Thomas-Mason