One lovely thing about muses and inspiration is how one can lead to another, and then another, and then here and there — and suddenly you’ve found yourself in a wondrous new place, a constellation of beauty and imagination. So this particular Sparks entry is that, a little map of a mental wonderland.
It begins, as many things do, with Nick Cave. He put out a new record recently, Push the Sky Away, which is one of his delicate, elegant records. Some Bad Seeds faithful complain it sounds more like a Dirty Three record, and I guess that makes sense, since Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis has essentially replaced Mick Harvey. But I love it; I think it’s beautiful. And so the imais its cover:
As it turns out, the photo was shot at Nick Cave’s house in Brighton, and the naked woman is his wife, model Susie Bick.
This fascinated me to no end, because imagining Nick Cave as a husband and father is so weird. He’s one of those rock stars that I admire and think oddly attractive, but I’ve rarely ever really fancied him. (I was always one for Blixa Bargeld, however.) The fact that he’s married with a wife and two kids just blows my mind. I became slightly obsessed with Nick and Susie as a couple, digging up pictures of them together:
(Although for me, Nick and PJ Harvey are sort of the ultimate couple still:
The way he looks at her! So beautiful.) (more…)