Grinderman – No Pussy Blues

No Pussy BluesThe ‘no’ in ‘No Pussy Blues’ is not a prohibitive one, but, rather, one describing a certain, painful paucity in the narrator’s life. Try as he might – and he goes to great lengths – this guy just can’t get laid. From the first snippets of sound – a typewriter typing out ‘No Pussy Blues,’ – to the dying scream of electric guitars in the fade out, the listener’s focus remains on the characteristically bookish and disaffected vocals of Nick Cave as he describes his many and varied attempts to score with a pretty fan. Tension builds subtly in his practiced voice until howling guitars join in and transform his monotone to a scream which, in turn, subsumes the crisp hi-hat drum pattern and the hammering bass line of the verse to create a Mike Patton-esque squall of pent up noise and frustration. Not getting any is rarely so exciting or entertaining.
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Release Date: 19 February 2006
Label: EMI/Mute

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