Nick Cave, a fan of Brooklyn’s Flatbush Zombies, has shared that he's worked on a track with the hip-hop trio. In a recent edition of his Red Hand Files, the songwriter answers a fan’s question about his feelings on artist merchandising. He begins the post by noting he owns a “beautiful” Flatbush Zombies t-shirt, “bought around the release of their first album.” He takes a brief detour to describe his efforts to work with the group:
A few years ago the Zombies and I attempted a collaboration and I sent them my version of the T. Rex classic, Cosmic Dancer. They said they “could not relate to it” but they radically pitch-shifted my voice, sampled it and used it anyway, as the percussive heartbeat to an extraordinarily wild and fucked-up piece of hip-hop that neither of us released.
In the rest of the post, Cave ruminates on some of his other favorite merch, including a suspected bootleg Beyoncé t-shirt, a plastic Dirty Three sheriff’s badge, and a shirt from one of Elvis Presley’s final performances. Cave concludes that he's “a star jumping, butt clenching dervish of banality and exploitation” himself.
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