Stop The Presses!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Have Trouble Finding Kids for Stage Choir

Stop The Presses!

By Jon Wiederhorn

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Nick Cave performs with a children's choir in L.A. on 2/22/2013 [photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty]

It’s getting harder and harder for Nick Cave to find children to sing with him onstage these days. Not because kids today don’t receive proper vocal training. The problem has more to do with parents taking exception with their kids singing lyrics like "I was the match that would fire up her snatch" ("Mermaids").

In an interview with the Independent, Cave said American moms and dads are especially uptight when it comes to allowing their children to sing graphic lyrics. "Sometimes you have three or four goes at finding the choir," Cave said. "They come back going, 'No, no, no.' There were certain songs they wouldn't sing…Personally I find that ridiculous, but maybe I'm more liberal with things. Anyway, often people feel it's inappropriate, and they don't want their children around words like 'snatch.'"

On Record Store Day in April, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released the new track "Animal X." The song was recorded during the sessions for his 15th and most recent studio album Push the Sky Away, which came out February 18 and includes the song “Mermaids.” The album was the follow-up to his 2008 release Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will launch a tour in Europe on May 23 in Barcelona at the Primavera Sound Festival. They will continue to play summer events through August 17 at St. Polten, Austria's Frequency Festival, followed by headline shows starting October 26 in London. Dates are booked through November 25 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. No additional U.S. dates are scheduled, so there’s no need to hide the women and children just yet.

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