"I live in a town called Millhaven"
"And it's small, and it's mean, and it's cold."
Those are the first and second lines in what is probably my favorite song from today's offering. It's a song about a crazy woman named Loretta, the "Curse of Millhaven", singing about all the people she's murdered. That's fairly typical of the songs on this album, Murder Ballads, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The album is what it says it is, Murder Ballads. Those of you familiar with Nick Cave don't need to be told, but this CD is not for everyone. The lyrics are quite brutal, and a few of the songs, Stagger Lee in particular, are packed with profanities. (Note the little parental advisory on the cover.) If you're not bothered by that, this is a mighty interesting little CD.
Nick is here to represent Australia for us. Australia play their match against Italy Monday. Australia is looking much better than I thought they would, but Italy is, well, Italy. However, after Australia's exciting match against Croatia, I'm becoming rather fond of the Socceroos. I say Australia will win 3-2 in overtime, after being down by two points late in the second half. I wouldn't dream of predicting the number of bookings.
Incidentally, there are some folks on this CD that are not Australian. The final song on the CD features PJ Harvey, on whom Escape Goat has a terrible crush. Polly, if you are reading this, Escape Goat loves you! The song also features the inimitable Shane MacGowan.
pw = Loretta