Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Genius Of Nick Cave

#3: Stagger Lee

'Murder Ballads' was equal parts disturbing and hilarious. The video for Stagger Lee illustrates this perfectly. Nick's interpretation of the legend of infamous bad-ass Stagger Lee pulls no punches in its graphic violence and sexual imagery. In the video however, he wears a pink petite Take That t-shirt; the stage has kitsch flashing lights; then there's the rather camp dancers at the front. It's absurd. But wonderfully so.


  1. I love this video. Brilliantly camped up

  2. I am with Swiss Adam. Brilliant song and brilliant video. Great choice

  3. I saw him perform a full-on, no holds barred version of this at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1999. I guess no-one told Nick that it's very much a family friendly festival. I'm not sure who was more traumatised, the children in the audience or their parents.

  4. It'll be the parents. It always is to hilarious effect.

    Great and funny promo for a great and funny song. Always a live tour de force..