Pop Quiz: Nick Cave

Aidin Vaziri | With his slicked-back black hair and maniacal growl, Nick Cave has always been a bit of a menacing figure. But in the video for Grinderman’s new single, “Heathen Child,” the Australian singer, best known for fronting the Bad Seeds and the Birthday Party, takes it to another level: He shoots lasers out of his butt. The song is from his blues-rock side project’s latest album, “Grinderman 2.” Cave also has a song featured in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which premiered the night before our interview.


Nick Cave of Grinderman
Q: Have you ever seen a shrink?
A: Yeah. I saw a therapist for about maybe six months. He was the most interesting and intelligent man I had ever met. He was not interested in any problems I had whatsoever. I told him I’m depressed. He said, “Oh, good.” He basically analyzed my dreams, but I don’t think he helped me in any way. I was just really entertained for 45 minutes each week.
Q: Is it fun going through life intimidating people?
A: I don’t know. I’ve always found my fans to be quite gentle and giving and open.
Q: That’s because they’re totally scared of you.
A: They’re scared of me? Is that right? Some of them are, maybe. Some of them scare me, to be honest. The only thing scarier than Nick Cave are Nick Cave’s fans.
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