Unheard song revealed ahead of September 19 release of '20,000 Days On Earth' film
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have revealed new song ‘Give Us A Kiss’ ahead of the premiere of new documentary 20,000 Days On Earth.
The previously unheard song was made available to stream from today (September 4) and coincides with the release of Cave’s film, which will be in UK cinemas from September 19.
Speaking to Shortlist about the film, Cave said that he initially needed convincing as he considers many music documentaries to be damaging to their stars.
“The idea of doing a documentary about me, my story, I had no interest in that,” he said. “There are so many bad rock’n’roll documentaries out there, and all they manage to do is demystify and denigrate the person they’re about. There’s this effort to ‘get behind the mask’ and make the celebrity appear to be just like everyone else. And this is just not true. If you’re a celebrity, if you’re in the public eye, you are not like everybody else. On some level you’re a doomed creature. So I said, ‘Let’s find a more interetsing way to do it.'”
On the subject of other musicians, he continued: “I’m always suspicious of rock stars that try to present themselves as ‘average guys’ and ‘the voice of the people’ when they have untold fame and wealth and any woman they want. There’s nothing more sickening.”
One specific artist who does not avoid Cave’s sharp tongue was Morrissey, whose book the Australian frontman has not read. “He’s a great lyricist, but there’s a tone in his voice I find unlistenable. That kind of lugubrious tone. There’s the same tone in my voice actually and I find it equally unlistenable.”
Nick Cave will perform live at London’s Barbican on September 17 to mark the release of 20,000 Days On Earth. The Bad Seeds singer will appear with Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson to perform music at the screening, with the film’s directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard also set to take part in a Q&A session. The event will be broadcast live across 150 cinemas in the UK ahead of the film’s official September 19 release.
The film, which depicts a fictitious 24 hours in the life of the Australian musician, won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Forsyth and Pollard received the directing award in the category of World Cinema Documentary, with Jonathan Amos picking up the Editing Award.