By Anagricel Duran – 30th June 2023
Nick Cave and Blondie‘s Debbie Harry have teamed up to cover The Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s ‘On The Other Side’. Listen to it below.
The cover is the first single from the fourth and final volume in the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project series titled ‘The Task Has Overwhelmed Us’. The series is formed from new interpretations of songs by the late mind behind the Gun Club.
Pierce only performed ‘On The Other Side’ live on a handful of occasions, but has now been cemented by the duo. With Cave on piano and vocals along with Harry pair are joined by Cypress Grove on guitar, with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis on synthesisers and Guido Benigni on bass guitar.
‘On The Other Side’ marks the fourth time Cave and Harry join forces on a duet for the series. Other tracks include ‘Free to Walk’ on 2009’s ‘We Are Only Riders’, ‘The Breaking Hands’ from 2012’s ‘The Journey Is Long’, and ‘Into the Fire’ from 2014’s ‘Axels and Sockets’.
“He genuinely cared about other people,” Cave said of Pierce in an interview with Gene Temesy. “He was very genuine. And you know, I loved him very much. And I think he was a great songwriter. He had a good heart…. And, you know, it’s surprising how great his lyrics were, how original they were.”
Harry added: “He had a good heart… and, you know, it’s surprising how great his lyrics were, how original they were.”
‘The Task Has Overwhelmed Us’ is set for release on July 28 and available for pre-order here.
In other news, Blondie performed a hit-packed set featuring nods to Donna Summer and Sex Pistols to a massive crowd at Glastonbury 2023‘s Pyramid Stage, featuring Glen Matlock on bass.