Bear Music #59

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite…

“Where the Wild Roses Grow” is a duet by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and pop singer Kylie Minogue. It is taken from the Nick Cave album Murder Ballads and was released on Mute Records in 1996. It was written by Nick Cave especially with Kylie Minogue in mind. The song received a positive reception from music critics and became the band’s most successful single worldwide.

Cave was inspired to write “Where the Wild Roses Grow” after listening to the traditional song, “Down in the Willow Garden”, a tale of a man courting a woman and killing her while they are out together. Although the song does not feature on a Minogue studio album, it can be found on her compilations Hits+, Greatest Hits 1987–1999, Ultimate Kylie and The Abbey Road Sessions. Minogue performed a chorus of the song during her Showgirl and Homecoming tours.

NME listed the song in the “100 Best Songs of the 1990s” at number 35.

Cave described writing the song: “Where The Wild Roses Grow was written very much with Kylie in mind. I’d wanted to write a song for Kylie for many years. I had a quiet obsession with her for about six years. I wrote several songs for her, none of which I felt was appropriate to give her. It was only when I wrote this song, which is a dialogue between a killer and his victim that I thought finally I’d written the right song for Kylie to sing. I sent the song to her and she replied the next day.”

The video for this song shows Kylie Minogue in character, apparently having been murdered by Nick Cave’s character. We see her in ghost-like form and also in a river in a pose reminiscent of Millais’ painting Ophelia. The video ends with Cave’s character putting a rose in Minogue’s mouth and closing her eyelids.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow

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22 Comments on “Bear Music #59”

  1. Is it possible to get lower on the celebrity food chain than the people who interview the families of the finalists of X Factor every year. If they’d done the Office Christmas specials now, that’s what Brent would’ve been doing instead of nightclub appearances.


  2. My niece texted me this morning: “I’m never gonna dance again.” So I replied, “Guilty feet have got no rhythm.” Turns out she’d been knocked down by a bus.


  3. The accident has really given me an insight into what I’d be like as an old woman. Wake up in the morning thankful to still be alive. Then remember my body can’t easily do what I want to and get frustrated at it. Don’t care how I dress or how stupid a scarf looks on my head. :hug:

  4. “I’d never had an ostrich egg before, and I might not know where to get one…”

    Well, you’d get one from an ostrich I would’ve thought Amir. Bloody hell, liven up lad.


  5. I saw a bloke on the train wearing a T-shirt that read, “This is what a feminist looks like.” And sure enough, he had a flat chest and facial hair.

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