Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Enlist Hollywood’s Finest for NSFW ‘Jubilee Street’ Video
Ray Winstone acts, John Hillcoat directs
Nick Cave’s world is a place of poles: sinners and saints, good and evil, kind acts and dirty deeds — the latter occasionally dolled out from poles, as it were. One gets the feeling that “Jubilee Street” is home to more than a few dank venues sporting well-shined, ahem, vertical banisters, but the lead character in this Bad Seeds song is more the “takes her work home with her” sort and, in the video above, her primary client is a corpulent suited man who clearly knows he’s in the wrong part of town. Actor Ray Winstone (The Departed, Cold Mountain) plays that part while John Hillcoat (The Road) directs. Both, of course, were on hand for Cave’s 2005 feature film-writing debut, The Proposition, and the clip for “Jubilee Street” captures a similar level of grit without employing even a bit of gore. Of course’s our narrator’s cool baritone mutterings go a long way to painting the sordid scenery as well, as Cave strolls through the wreckage wrought by men just like the aforementioned “pushing [their] wheel of love through these streets.” The Bad Seeds’ 15th long-player, Push the Sky Away is out February 19.