Monday, July 8th 2013
News: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Maybe it’s just that he’s too self-conscious and self-aware, or maybe it is simply a testament to his power as a talk-show host and interviewer, but despite Marc Maron’s steadfast claim that Nick Cave was among his most difficult guests, it didn’t seem so at all throughout the one-hour conversation the two had together on the 403rd episode of WTF with Marc Maron.
Nick Cave, fresh off the absolute beauty and success of the Bad Seeds’ Push the Sky Away as well as the band’s breathtaking tour in support of the album, sat down with Marc Maron for a fascinating conversation about his life, childhood, musical influences, as well as his foray into screenwriting and his power over what Maron riotously deemed as “troubled women.”
Maron’s discomfort in Cave’s presence is both evident and very charming. He openly admits to his unfamiliarity with many of Cave’s latter works, and it is refreshing to hear him do so. It’s impossible to go through Nick Cave’s or any other prolific artist’s catalogue as effortlessly as many talk-show hosts simply purport to have done, and to see a host – a figure that is often expected to be an invulnerable figure in the face of guests and their knowledge of them – simply admit to a very understandable lack of information is truly bracing.
It also makes for a better conversation: a real and unpretentious one.
Listen to the interview here.
If Cave was indeed as difficult an interview as Maron claims, then this episode of WTF is simply a wonderful testament to the unparalleled and humble authority that Marc Maron possesses as a talk-show host and an interviewer. He is gradually becoming bigger than the podcasting medium itself, and yet, he is so obsessively self-conscious that he will possibly never admit to such a thing. Perhaps he will never even know it.