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Live at Glastonbury 2009, Tupelo, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

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"Tupelo"
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Single by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
from the album The Firstborn Is Dead
ReleasedJuly 29, 1985
Format12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
RecordedDecember 1984
GenrePost-punk
Length5:01
LabelMute Records
Writer(s)Barry Adamson, Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Producer(s)Flood
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds singles chronology

"Tupelo" is the second single by Australian post-punk band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the only single from the band's second album The Firstborn Is Dead.

Contents

  • 1 Background and production
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 Charts
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Background and production

The song was written by Barry Adamson, Nick Cave and Mick Harvey in mid-late 1984. Using biblical imagery, the song describes the birth of Elvis Presley during a heavy storm in Tupelo, Mississippi.[1] The song is loosely based on the John Lee Hooker song of the same title, which also focuses on a flood in the same town. The "looky looky yonder" motif that is featured in the song is derived from a song of the same name recorded by Lead Belly, usually found as part of a medley which Cave himself covered under the title "Black Betty" on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' third album, Kicking Against the Pricks.

"Tupelo"'s b-side, "The Six Strings That Drew Blood", was recorded in March 1985 at Trident Studios in London and was a re-recording of a song Cave originally recorded with The Birthday Party during the Mutiny EP sessions in 1982. The original version of the song is included on The Birthday Party's Mutiny/The Bad Seed compilation album. "Tupelo" was released on 29 July 1985.

Track listing

  • Standard 7" vinyl[2]
  1. "Tupelo" - 5:01
  2. "The Six Strings That Drew Blood" - 4:50
  • Standard 12" vinyl
  1. "Tupelo" - 5:01
  2. "In the Ghetto" - 4:08
  3. "The Moon Is In The Gutter" - 2:38
  4. The Six Strings That Drew Blood - 4:50

Cover versions

  • SikTh covered the song on their album The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild.

See also

  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds discography

References

  1. ^ "Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds :: Firstborn Is Dead". Aquarium Drunkard. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Nick Cave Discography on "From The Archives"". From The Archives. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 


   

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