Nick Cave has taken his Grinderman project on the road to promote the excellently grimy Grinderman 2, but it appears he may have other things on his mind at present. The band played at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Friday (Oct. 1), where Cave gave “Palaces of Montezuma” from that new record an unusual intro:
“You may have read that some 17-year-old kid in Dundee is trying to sue me and is claiming to have written this song,” he said. “That’s funny, because I wrote it for my wife.” According to Spinner, the accusation was made by a 29 year-old named Frankie Duffy, who claims the song is based on his track “Grey Man.”
Duffy’s song, which was performed with his band Rising Signs, can be heard in the clip below. There’s certainly a similarity in the chord structure, but Duffy’s explanation for the Grinderman track sounds somewhat implausible. “I can’t help thinking that Nick Cave was sitting in his house one night and decided to surf some unsigned bands and saw our site, saw we were split up and thought, ‘I’ll have that track, nobody will ever know,'” he said.