Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds‘ bleak request for smooches has received the full cinematic treatment. “Give Us a Kiss” has been showing up in the fearsome Australian eminences’ live shows at least since last November, slowing sets down for moody piano and ambiguous half-spoken entreaties (“You’re still hanging out in my dreams / In your sister’s shoes and your blue jeans / Ah, give us a kiss…”). A string-draped studio version appears on the soundtrack to the new 20,000 Days on Earth film about the band, and you can hear it below in all its sinister dignity, via The Guardian.
The song is headed for a limited 10-inch vinyl release on September 4, backed with a live version of “Jubilee Street,” a song from last year’s Push the Sky Away that’s more inclined to lope as it bares its sharp teeth (the lyrics contain a “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” reference). The song “forced its way into our film,” the movie’s directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, told The Quietus. “We’d planned to end with “Push The Sky Away” and its pertinent lyrics about rock ‘n’ roll getting you right down to your soul; but after the band played “Jubilee Street” at Sydney Opera House we didn’t stand a chance. Only four songs in and there was Nick, transforming in front of us. Our lives haven’t been the same since.”
Read Wondering Sound contributor Andrew Perry’s 2013 interview with Nick Cave.