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By David Reamer
Dail, Arts Writer
In 1984, Nick Cave cut his first
album with the Bad Seeds, but it was-
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reached its peak. with the release of Bet Tarantino s really glad he went to all that trouble resurrecting Pam Grier's career.
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traditional narrative verses detailing
murder. have long been the realm of
folk artists, but have little impact on
the mainstream music industrv. Cave
recorded an entire album of these
songs, both traditional and original,
and it went on to become the man's
best selling record and one of his most
Although Cave's earlier works with
the Bad Seeds were well received by
the music community, influencing
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bands ranging from Metallica to 7
Year Bitch, "Murder Ballads" repre-
sents a transition to a new plane. By
taking the contrast between sound and
substance to its ultimate level, Cave
created something both humorous and
disquieting, and on the whole, quite
enjoyable to listen to.
Even at its most disturbing, Nick
Cave somehow manages to make
murder sound beautiful. "Where the
Wild Roses Grow," featuring the voice
of Australian soap star Kylie
Minogue, is a perfect example, com-
posed as a sonorous duet detailing the
thoughts of a couple as the man blud-
geons the woman with a rock. The tra-
ditional "Henry Lee," a perfectly
matched duet with PJ Harvey, is the
opposite, the tale of a man stabbed by
Though Nick Cave and the Bad
Seeds will never realize a platinum
record, quality has for them always
taken precedence over popularity.
"Murder Ballads" is typical of Cave's
pursuit of thought-provoking perfec-
tion, and comes closer than any num-
berone record on the charts since.
a Next year about this time, look for
Russell Crowe ("Insider", the upcoming
"Gladiator") to star with Claire Danes in
"Plum Flora," a drama set in the Great
Depression. Crowe will play a circus
freak, and Danes is his love interest. Also
look out for a "Goodfellas" sequel,
which will center on the kids of the char-
acter played by Ray Liotta. No word yet
on whether or not the kids stab school-
mates with cravons and safety scissors.
0 "Simpsons" fans rejoiced around
the world as Richard Gere named his
first-born Homer. Actually, his full name
is Homer James Jigme Gere. Once, at an
Irish bar, I asked a girl to "Jigme," and I
got slapped in the face. I hope little
Homer never shares the same fate by
reciting his strangely embarrassing name
- First Letterman with his heart
surgery, and now this. Are people in
Hollywood actually mortal'? Steven
Spielberg is recovering from the com-
plete removal of one kidney. Doctor's
said they found an unspecified "prob-
lem" in the kidney, and decided to
remove it. Sure, when I have a stomach
ache, yoink! Out it comes! Seriously, the
doctor's reluctance to disclose details led
many to think it was cancer or perhaps an
embarrassingly huge kidney stone.
A Pam Grier is set to star in "Bones,"
a story about a ghost that rises from the
grave to avenge his death. Grier is the
clairvoyant who was the ghost's
boyfriend. And who plays the undead?
None other than Snoop Dogg. Snoop
Doggy Dogg? Couldn't Grier ("Jackie
Brown") do any better? Please, musi-
cians, no more acting! Need I remind the
world of "Cool as Ice?" You don't see
Julia Roberts or Tom Cruise lining up to
cut a record. Speaking of Tom Cruise, it
has been confirmed that he pulled down
S70 million for making 1995's "Mission:
Impossible." I thought he made only S20
million, but now I'm jealous.
In other mega-buck news, the
daughter of Boris Karloff is suing
Universal Studios for S10 million, claim-
ing sufficient royalties have not been
paid. Boris, who made a name for him-
self shambling around as Frankenstein
and The Mummy, rose from his grave,
crashed through his daughter's bedroom
window and told her to get a job.
e The idiot box will attempt to fur-
ther solidify its nickname with the ascen-
dance of the "Lone Gunmen." That's'
right, Mulder and Scully's nerdy, yet
paranoid trio of friends are probably
going to have their own series. Think "X-
Files" without any guns or attractive
female leads. Oh, fun.
0 In an announcement that made
many spit out their drinks in surprise,
then after a moment. vomit into their now
empty cups, James "Scottv" Doohan,
age 80, impregnated a woman. (Not actu-
ally just any woman. It's his wife Wende).
I am not the only one skeptical of this
item's validity, however, as the child is
expected on April 1. "I'm givin' it all I
got, Captain!" All those transporter rays
must have boosted his fertility.
- The only Aaron Spelling show Pat
Robertson ever watched without hurling
was threatened when "Seventh Heaven"
cast member Jessica Biel took to drastic
measures to get out of her contract. Biel
is tired of playing goody-goody oldest
daughter and varsity basketball star
Mary Camden. So she posed for a series
of soft-core, very occasionally clothed
pictures in the men's magazine Gear in
hopes of getting fired. Biel lamented to
Gear that the role's wholesomeness lim-
ited her ability to be considered for film
roles. Spelling was not amused, and
expressed determination to squeeze
every drop to which he is contractually
entitled out of Ms. Biel.
r The four Swedish rump-shaking
legends known as ABBA have turned
down a SI billion offer to reunite and
tour the world. The band did not disclose
the name of the financial institution
which so badly wanted middle-aged
Swedes to record for the first time since
1979. Asked to comment on his band-
mates' stupefying decision, Bjorn
Ulvaeus said, "We never have reunited
... I think there's a message in that."
- Compiled by David Victor and
Daily Radar (twwdailvrada:com)
Top 10 Pop Albi
(The nations best-selling albums
1. D'Angelo, "Voodoo"
2. Carlos Santana "Super
3. Dr. Dre, "b2001'
4. Celine Dion, "All the V
5. The Lox, "We Are The
6. Christina Aguilera, "Ch
7. DMX, "And Then There
8. Eiffel 65, "'Europop"
9. Various Artists, "Now
10. Backstreet Boys, "M
Top 10 Books
(The week's best-selling hardcov
1. "Gap Creek," Robertx
2. "The Lion's Game," Ne
3. "Sick Puppy," Carl Hi
4. "False Memory," Dean
5. "Timeline," Michael Cr
6. "Atlantis Found," Cliv
7. "The Attorney," Steve
8. "The Cat Who Robbed
9. "A Walk to Remember
10. "Secret Honor," W.E
Top 10 Movies
(Who released them and how
1. "Scream 3" Miramax,$
2. "The Hurricane," Unives
3. "Stuart Little," Columbia
4. "Next Friday," New Lin
5. "Eye of the Beholder," n
6. "The Green Mile" Waer
7. "Galaxy Quest" DreamW
8. "Down to You," Mirama
9. "Gir, Interrupted," Couc
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