It’s a beautiful thing when stars align.
And so, when it was first announced that Neko Case and Nick Cave — two of the most talented people making music today, period — were going to collaborate on a cover of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” for the season premiere of HBO’s True Blood, we were more than a little excited. We thought we were going to have to wait until the June 26 premiere and/or steal cable to hear the song, but now the wait is over.
Neko sang her part in a small studio in Seattle. Sounded brilliant. As it turns out Mr. Cave was coming to Los Angeles with his family for a vacation. In between trips with his kids to Universal Studios and Disneyland (can you imagine Nick Cave at Disneyland?) we got him down to the Redstar Studio in Silverlake to top off the track with his haunting, cavernous vocals.
Who knew Nick Cave was a fan of Disneyland? Though, come to think of it, that could be the inspiration for the Grinderman song “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man.”