Tupelo (NIck Cave & The Bad Seeds)

Another stand-out from Nick Cave’s bludgeoning Sunday night spot at this year’s Glastonbury. ‘Tupelo’ takes the birth of one Elvis Aaron Presley and turns it into an apocalyptic, rain-lashed, pseudo-Biblical event. It shows Cave the lyricist at both his most poetic and his most direct: take, for example, the simple but infinitely pleasing ‘in a clapboard shack with a roof of tin/the rain came down and it leaked within’. Ominous and rumbling, it shook the Pyramid Stage with a unholy fury that put Mick n’ Keef the previous night to shame.

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