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Nick Cave Gets Ornery When Asked Boring Questions, No One Knows How Grinderman Created That Sound

Nick Cave Gets Ornery When Asked Boring Questions, No One Knows How Grinderman Created That Sound (photo)

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It’s a good thing someone was recording when Grinderman loosed their music on the world because the band either can’t remember how they made some of it. In particular, there is some transmission from the mind of bandmate Warren Ellis at the beginning of the song “Heathen Child” that no one can decipher. Here’s that (in “Super Heathen Child” version) if you are not yet familiar:

Grinderman – Super Heathen Child (with Robert Fripp) by MuteRecords

“Warren doesn’t know,” Nick Cave said in an interview with EW. “We got Robert Fripp, the guitarist from King Crimson, to come and do an extended version of ‘Heathen Child,’ and he did a guitar solo at the end. But Robert Fripp said, ‘What is that at the start? What is that sound? It’s fantastic.’ I said, ‘I don’t know,’ and rang up Warren and asked him. He said, ‘I don’t know either.’ He doesn’t write it down.”

Incredible, it’s so far out not even the band can fathom where it originally came from now. The interview degraded a bit after that when they strayed from Cave’s favorite topics. “Chicks. Death. Love,” you can almost feel him shrugging, what else is there? “The same stuff that I think I’ve been going on about from the start, really.”

But the interviewer pressed him on tedious touring and album release questions to which he started “expansively yawning.” When his heavily bearded bandmate, Jim Sclavunos, cut in and asked Cave if he needed some coffee, he replied, “No. Right, what’s the next question?” Then aimed at the interviewer, “The last three questions you could have fucking Googled, mate.”

I wasn’t all a complete stand off from there though, we learn that Cave would probably not want to play his Bad Seeds song “(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?” at Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s wedding. And that he likes fucking with people. “I quite like the unsuspecting lyric, or line. You’re sitting listening to a song and it’s going along and suddenly there’s that, ‘Fuck, did he just say that?’ kind of thing.”

You don’t want to rouse the Wolfman. Or do you?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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