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EDITORS’ NOTES

This collection of remixes of tracks from Grinderman's second album may be the last we hear from Grinderman for some time; leader Nick Cave told an audience they wouldn't be back for at least 10 years. Bad Seed Barry Adamson works over "Palaces of Montezuma," giving it more air and space, but it's Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner who pulls apart "Bellringer Blues" until it bleeds new blood. Many of these remixes have been issued elsewhere, with Zinner's remix and SixToes' reworking of "When My Baby Comes" being the two exclusives. "Evil" gets three workouts, one from Grinderman itself and others from Factory Floor and Silver Alert (featuring The National's Matt Berninger). Robert Fripp adds his guitar to "Super Heathen Child." Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme roughs up "Mickey Bloody Mouse." Cat's Eyes substitutes Cave's original vocal for Rachel Zeffira's ethereal vibe. The mixes that pay the least amount of respect to the originals deliver the best results.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This collection of remixes of tracks from Grinderman's second album may be the last we hear from Grinderman for some time; leader Nick Cave told an audience they wouldn't be back for at least 10 years. Bad Seed Barry Adamson works over "Palaces of Montezuma," giving it more air and space, but it's Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner who pulls apart "Bellringer Blues" until it bleeds new blood. Many of these remixes have been issued elsewhere, with Zinner's remix and SixToes' reworking of "When My Baby Comes" being the two exclusives. "Evil" gets three workouts, one from Grinderman itself and others from Factory Floor and Silver Alert (featuring The National's Matt Berninger). Robert Fripp adds his guitar to "Super Heathen Child." Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme roughs up "Mickey Bloody Mouse." Cat's Eyes substitutes Cave's original vocal for Rachel Zeffira's ethereal vibe. The mixes that pay the least amount of respect to the originals deliver the best results.

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About Grinderman

While Nick Cave's music has evolved from the harrowing post-punk wail of the Birthday Party to the eloquent and often poetic approach he explored on the albums The Boatman's Call and No More Shall We Part with his group the Bad Seeds, the troublemaking noise merchant of his youth has never entirely gone away, and in 2006 Cave founded Grinderman to give this side of his musical personality a new outlet. Grinderman came to be when Cave was writing material in 2004 for his acclaimed album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. Tired of writing in his office at home and then presenting the material to the Bad Seeds, Cave decided to try a new approach by teaming up with bandmembers Martyn Casey on bass, Warren Ellis on violin and guitar, and Jim Sclavunos on drums and working up songs as a group. With Cave improvising lyrics and playing guitar while his bandmates built melodies around them, the musicians began veering off into more experimental territory. Whipping up a potent dose of elemental music rooted in blues, punk, and no wave, the foursome created something wholly separate from the Bad Seeds, with an energy and emotional fury that pointed to the path-breaking music of their pasts while belying the maturity of the participants. Cave and his partners decided to give the new music an identity of its own, and Grinderman was born. In February 2006, the band went into a studio in London and began a marathon session of writing and demoing material; the following April, they took the cream of these new songs and recorded an album with the help of producer Nick Launay. The first Grinderman tune, "No Pussy Blues," was released to the Internet in the fall of 2006; a limited-edition vinyl single of "Get It On" was issued in February 2007, with Grinderman's 11-song debut album following that spring. The band played a select number of dates to promote the album, which was critically as well as commercially successful. The quartet reconvened in 2009 to record Grinderman 2, which was released in 2010. In December of 2011, Cave announced the band's breakup at a music festival in Australia. Grinderman 2 RMX, collection of remixes from their second album, was released in the spring of 2012. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2006

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