US rock legend and ‘Because The Night’ star Patti Smith has recorded an “extraordinary” cover version of the song which got Peaky Blinders off to a flying start right at the very beginning of its city-based gangster odyssey.
The beginning of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand literally chimed perfectly with the first Peaky Blinders episode screened in September 2013 when Cillian Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby imposed himself perfectly onto the set of an industrial scene brought thrillingly to life with flames and the sound of people making things.
For five seasons now, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ track “Red Right Hand” has served as the theme song for the UK period crime drama Peaky Blinders. PJ Harvey, Laura Marling, Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker, and more have also covered the song for the show. And now, Snoop Dogg has too.
“By the order of the Peaky Blinders, this is ‘Red Right Hand,’ by Snoop Shelby,” Snoop Dogg says in the video for his cover before tipping his era-appropriate flat cap to the camera. Listen to Snoop’s take on the shadowy, half-spoken song and compare it to the original below.
Fontaines D.C. will let loose their sophomore album, A Hero’s Death, on July 31st through Partisan Records. As a preview of the follow-up to 2019’s warmly received Dogrel, the post-punk outfit has today unveiled the album’s title track.
They have shared the album’s title track, along with the accompanying music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders) that takes the song’s hypnotic intensity and adds a sinister layer of surrealism.
“It’s a song that has fairly humble beginnings,” remembers Mick Harvey, guitarist and co-founder of the Bad Seeds, (who is also credited as co-writer of “Red Right Hand” along with Cave and drummer Thomas Wydler). “Much of it came from a jam we were working on when we writing songs for our album ‘Let Love In’ (released in 1994).”
Nick Cave didn’t think much of the song’s repeating groove at first, but was persuaded to reconsider by his band, and eventually wrote lyrics about a shadowy, alluring, and manipulative figure, stalking the land and striking a combination of fear and awe everywhere he goes. He’s seemingly part deity, part demon. Aside from alluding to the phrase “red right hand,” taken from John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost,” Cave has never revealed who this figure is.
“Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight tells that original idea was to use “Red Right Hand” in the show’s first episode, but he installed it as the theme because it fit the characters, settings, and subplots perfectly.
Music from the first five seasons of BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders will be collected in a new double album due out on November 15th.
Notably, the set marks the first-ever commercial release for PJ Harvey’s cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand”. The Bad Seeds’ original version has long served as the series’ theme, but in 2014 Harvey was commissioned to cover the song in an effort to make the series seem “less American.”
A recent episode of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders saw the premiere of a rare new track by PJ Harvey — a somber cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Red Right Hand.” The alt-rock heroine’s moving cover was the latest addition to the program’s pretty impressive soundtrack, as songs by Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Cash, and even Cave himself have been featured on the historical drama since its premiere in 2012.
Tom Shelby i els Peaky Blinders tornen aquesta tardor a BBC Two amb la 2a temporada de la creació de Steven Knight, que acaba de llençar nou tràiler. Aquesta segona temporada acollirà als actors Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor i Charlotte Rile, en una sèrie d’episodis que ens mostraran com Tom Shelby intentarà expandir la zona de control dels seus, enfrontant-se pel camí amb altres organitzacions i amb l’autoritat. A més, a diferencia de la 1a temporada on hi havien dos realitzadors, aquesta 2a temporada de la sèrie contarà tan sols amb la presencia de Colm McCarthy.
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