Playlist: David McComb & Nick Cave’s Drunk Sing-Along

So now it’s going to be four days of The Triffids on my blog but today it’s really just David McComb but also co-starring Nick Cave. This is kind-off lifted from the book about McComb and his band The Triffids called Vagabond Holes edited by Chris Coughran and Niall Lucy which was first published in 2009. I have found it online at The Triffids UK record label’s website but here I’ve just made a playlist of the songs sung. In that book and on the website Nick Cave wrote about an ex-pat Aussie picnic in Surrey UK at Easter in 1990 that turn into drunk a sing-along with David and Nick singing songs to each other. So to quote just the song list here because David wrote it out for Nick the next day and then send it to him:

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, I Threw It All Away, Walk On By, This Guy’s In Love, Leaving On A Jet Plane, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Lemon Tree, On Top Of The World, Georgie Girl, Thunder Road, Blue Moon, California Dreaming, Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft, I Say A Little Prayer, The Boxer, Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, Bird On A Wire, Morningtown Ride, Cecilia, Yesterday, Anything Goes, What’ll I Do?, (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All, Close To You, Belle Isle, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You

Your job now is imagining Nick & David totally drunk singing these songs themselves, OK?

So now to finish up with is the only song they both sung on together in a recording studio because unfortunate no one recorded them at this drunk sing-along. It was on the 1994 Bad Seeds album recorded in Melbourne Let Love In and McComb was asked to sing backing vocals on the track called Lay Me Low. It couldn’t be a more fitting track because within just few years time David had passed away.

Here’s now the only photo I can find on the internet of David and Nick together, it’s the man in red birthday and who’s knows what year, maybe sometime in the 80’s or 90’s?

Cave (right) cutting his birthday cake, David (middle) giving his thumbs up and two unknown guests (left)



  1. It would’ve been great to be a fly on the wall at this drunken singalong. Not sure if flies can hear, but you know what I mean. I always thought David did backing vocals on Do You Love Me as well, but I just checked and apparently it was Tex Perkins and Rowland Howard. Still, that’s a whole lot of baritone.

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