February 13, 2003

Nocturnal Emissions

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Nick Cave closes his latest album, Nocturama, with the fifteen-minute opus, “Babe, I’m On Fire.” Within those fifteen minutes, the Australian gothic crooner belts out thirty-eight verses (and eight choruses!) of pure post-punk self-assuredness. For fear of death — and genuine agreement — I do not doubt for a second that Cave’s long list of disciples do indeed say it