RARA-AVIS: Re: Tales of revenge

From: Steve Novak ( Cinefrog@comcast.net)
Date: 18 Oct 2007

Some here might find it far fetched...but links are always fruitful... As Rara-Avians are listing tales of revenge, down in OZ they are about to bestow honors to someone who in numerous songs, in tales (And The Ass Saw the Angel), in film scripts (The Proposition) and film soundtracks (The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) weaved many tales of maihem and revenge...Speaking here about singer, musician, writer Nick Cave, whose professed love of writers like Ellroy or Harry Crews...falls well within our topic... For those interested read (below) this from the Sydney Morning Herald...

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From heroin to hero as Cave enters hall of fame Mix of the deranged and the humorous Š Nick Cave is finally to be honoured by the Australian music industry. Bernard Zuel October 18, 2007 Nick Cave began his recording career almost 30 years ago - not so much by knocking at the door of music industry respectability as lobbing hand grenades over that door then dancing on the corpses. With his band the Birthday Party he spent much of the 1980s making a raucous blend of blues and industrial punk, which seemingly chased down the hounds of hell with a mix of the deranged and the humorous. "Hands up who wants to die," he sang once. "Release the bats/sex vampire/bite," he said in another song. The fuel for his music then was equal parts the Bible, the southern gothic novels of Flannery O'Connor, the music of Johnny Cash and heroin. Not surprisingly, the mainstream music industry in Australia wanted nothing to do with him, his fame coming in London and Berlin. Cave's music with his next band, the Bad Seeds, calmed down and over 13 albums it explored the territory of political ballads and love songs. It dabbled with the charts via a murder ballad duet with Kylie Minogue, was included in the soundtrack to the children's movie Shrek 2 and performed at the funeral of Michael Hutchence. But the Australian music industry still couldn't bring itself to give him an ARIA award. Next week, however, that same industry will honour Nicholas Edward Cave, once of Warracknabeal and Wangaratta and now of Brighton and Hove, by inducting him into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the ARIA Awards on October 28. He will take his place alongside such unlikely companions as Slim Dusty, John Farnham, Renee Geyer and Angry Anderson. Cave, who turned 50 last month and is now widely seen as one of this country's finest songwriters, is also a novelist (And the Ass Saw the Angel), screenwriter (The Proposition and Ghosts Š of the Civil Dead), a religious commentator (the foreword to The Gospel According to St Mark) and soundtrack composer (The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Although there have been no ARIA awards, it's well known that the ARIA board has been offering Cave his spot in the hall of fame for five or six years, but he had always declined. What changed his mind? Maybe turning 50; maybe the thought of something to show his four sons; or maybe enjoying the perversity of being lauded by some of those who had spent so many years being horrified or disgusted by Nick Cave. Nick Cave and his band Grinderman play at the Enmore Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

On 10/17/07 8:31 PM, "sandbagger1969" < bookgasmbruce@comcast.net> wrote:

> Three that come to my mind if not mentioned already:
> The Vengeance Man - Dan Marlowe (in that great new Stark House collection)
> Point Blank - Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
> The Long Wait - Mickey Spillane
> -Bruce
> www.bookgasm.com

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