Iggy Pop and Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker, have released a gloriously-grim cover of Nick Cave’s equally-eerie ‘Red Right Hand’. The cover is the theme for the fourth season of the BBC’s gangster series ‘Peaky Blinders’.
The dream duo of Cocker and Pop have teamed up to produce a bloodcurdling cover of the 1994-released track. While the original recording boasts minimalism and elevates Cave to an unearthly standard, the new cover of ‘Red Right Hand’ is simply an onslaught of ominous guitars featuring spine-tingling vocals -representing everything Iggy Pop himself embodies.
The track has been used as the ‘Peaky Blinders’ theme for the fourth series of the BBC drama, which debuted on November 15 2017. The collaboration was first announced on November 14 by Peaky Blinders’ actress, Helen McCory on The One Show, where she said “Every year, [the producers] look out for different singers, and who’s going to do the cover music.’
“One of the ‘Red Right Hand’ covers will be from the duet of Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker.”
The cover joins PJ Harvey’s ludicrously haunting rendition (which featured in series 2 of ‘Peaky Blinders’) as well as Laura Marling’s and Arctic Monkeys’. The latter ended up having their cover of ‘Red Right Hand’ as the b-side to their single ‘Crying Lightning’.
Listen below to the Jarvis/Pop rework of the iconic ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave.
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