Death is Not the End

30 Dec

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this statement, which reminds me briefly (of course) of a novel I read a while ago, Eternity is Temporary, which started well, but fizzled out by exploding the sexual tension too quickly. Is that an allegory for something? Is that what eternity is really like? Very exciting for the first half hour or so and then immensely tedious? Or should we go along with Bob Dylan, who no doubt wrote the song Death is Not the End in one of the religious phases that have speckled his career, thereby launching a host of cover versions. Another sly allegory.

The version here is performed by Nick Cave, with guests Kylie Minogue, Shane MacGowan and a chap with a very fetching accent. I recall driving around Europe with this on the car CD player a decade or more ago, the young Blanco daughters singing along merrily in the back seat. How pungently ironic. The mind begins to boggle at the prospect of an eternity spent with the motley crewage of miscreants and addicts assembled in this video  But then again, the performance has a unique charm, and serves as Blanco’s contribution to the end of year festivities.

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Death is Not the End”

  1. James December 30, 2011 at 17:19 #

    The accented chap is Blixa Bargeld, who was a member of The Bad Seeds at the time. He also founded the German Industrial band Einsturzende Neubaten.
    Great tune, from an album of absolute lyrical mystery.

    • Ricardo Blanco December 30, 2011 at 17:32 #

      Ah thanks James, he has a kind face and fits in well with the general ambience.

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