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Lists: Five awesomely random things Nick Cave has done lately

By Allison Stewart

nick caveThe endlessly awesome Nick Cave brings Grinderman to 9:30 Club tonight. (Polly Borland)

He once told GQ that "Inspiration is overrated," but it's impossible to think of another musician quite as prolific in quite as many mediums as Nick Cave. In addition to his albums with the Bad Seeds and his work as a screenwriter, novelist and film scorer, he leads the blues-rock outfit Grinderman, in town at the 9:30 Club tonight.

Click Track could fill a book with exhaustive examples of Cave's wide-ranging side projects, and maybe we will someday. In the meantime, here's a random sampling of some of his most interesting and offbeat happenings.

1. He wrote a spec script for "Gladiator 2"

Russell Crowe's character, Maximus, dies at the end of the first "Gladiator," making a sequel problematic. Enlisted by Crowe and director Ridley Scott, Cave wrote a draft in which Crowe's character was reanimated somehow (and eventually transported to present-day America), making Maximus's famous line about having his vengeance "in this life or the next" oddly prescient. Crazy, right? If by "crazy" you mean "awesome" and "probably unfilmable," then yes. Yes, it is.

2. He collaborated with Kylie Minogue

We know: This one isn't exactly recent. But we love this unlikely collaboration between the two unlikely compatriots, who teamed for "Where the Wild Roses Grow," a track on the Bad Seeds' "Murder Ballads." Minogue tones down her adorable Kylie-ness here, sporting darkened hair in the accompanying video and generally becoming a sort of PJ Harvey manquée, while Cave does pretty much what he usually does. Because if you do a collaboration with Nick Cave, you go to Nick Cave. Nick Cave doesn't come to you.

(Bukowski goes down and Avril Lavigne is objectified, after the jump.)

3. He insulted Charles Bukowski

Surprising legions of fans who assumed they were kindred spirits, Cave dissed Bukowski on the 2008 track "We Call Upon the Author" (from his sort-of comeback album, "Dig Lazarus Dig!!!"), explaining "Bukowski was a jerk!" and expressing a preference for the works of lesser-known author John Berryman.

4. He was elected Prime Minister of Australia. Sort of.

In a fantasy poll conducted by MySpace last summer, Cave beat out Minogue, Dame Edna Everage and several other people we've never heard of for the title of musician most Australians most want to see become Prime Minister. Said Cave: "My first political act will be to introduce legislation forcing all Australians to lower their expectations." He was kidding. At least, to the extent that Nick Cave is ever kidding, but still: Over 300,000 votes were reportedly cast, prompting rumors that Cave could actually be elected someday. Make this happen, Australia!

5. He wrote about an unhealthy obsession with Avril Lavigne

The lead character in his '09 novel, "The Death of Bunny Munro," fantasizes -- repeatedly, in grim and graphic detail -- about Lavigne, in ways we can't possibly describe in a family newspaper blog, except to say that you will never hear "Sk8er Boi" in quite the same way, ever again. Cave later apologized, and told an interviewer, "I actually do like Avril Lavigne very much and I don't want to disrespect her."

By Allison Stewart  | November 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Grinderman, Nick Cave  
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His last name is misspelled as "Cage" in the first sentence of #4.

Posted by: sharky73 | November 18, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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