US rock legend records ‘amazing’ cover of famous Peaky Blinders song – and it will be performed in series six
American rock legend and ‘Because The Night’ star Patti Smith recorded an “extraordinary” cover of the song that kickstarted Peaky Blinders into the early stages of their gangster odyssey in the dark. town.
The debut of Red Right Hand literally rang perfect with the first episode of Peaky Blinders screening in September 2013 when Cillian Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby snuck into the set of an industrial scene thrillingly bustling with the flames and the noise of people making things.
Performed by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Red Right Hand features the lyrics “He’s a man, he’s a ghost, he’s a god, he’s a guru” – a perfect summary of a gangster damaged by the war that arrived on horseback and would go on to move in mysteriously hypnotic ways and have a profound effect on many people – both on the show and for those watching at home around the world.
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Now, as the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders prepares for what will be a highly anticipated thrilling climax, it has been revealed that Red Right Hand has been re-recorded by Patti Smith – an American rock legend and poet with a talent for unfailing for reinvention.
Her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith was the lead guitarist for the stars of Detroit’s Kick out The Jams MC5, whose members included Kings Heath bassist Derek Hughes in 1972.
Series six director Anthony Byrne revealed at the UK premiere held at Cineworld Broad Street: ‘There’s some great music coming to this series – I’m a big fan of Sinead O’ Connor, so there are some of his tracks.
“There will be original music by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood. They have composed sheet music and they have also kindly allowed us to use a track from their new album by the band Smile.
“But the real dream and the gift for me personally, and for all of us, is that we were so blessed to have Patti Smith on the cover of Red Right Hand, which is amazing.
“You’ll hear it at the end of episode five. We’re blessed. Truly blessed. It’s amazing.”
Red Right Hand was already nearly 20 years old by the time Peaky Blinders premiered at Cineworld Broad Street on September 12, 2013.
Yet it includes the prophetic line “Cross the tracks where the viaduct stands”. as if Nick Cave already knew that the first reported incident of “peaky blinders” took place on March 23, 1890 when George Eastwood was attacked over the Adderley Street viaduct after leaving the Rainbow pub on the corner of Deritend High Street.
Recorded in late 1993, Red Right Hand was first released by Australian Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on October 24, 1994 – just 11 days before Patti’s husband and MC5 guitarist Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith died. of a heart attack at only 46 years old.
In 1996, when described as “frail” after losing Fred, Patti told Rolling Stone: “When I play, I can’t say I feel like a man or a woman. What I feel doesn’t matter. part of the human vocabulary.
Just to illustrate how Peaky Blinders connects all corners of the world, there are two connections between Kings Heath and Patti Smith. The late Derek Hughes was bassist with Fred Legends “Kick Out The Jams” MC5 in 1972 before later working for an Austrian hauling company.
Who is Patti Smith?
Born 75 years ago in Chicago, but also synonymous with New York and Detroit – three of the mythical cities that inspired Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight to take Birmingham down the same path – Patti has gone her own way, she burst onto the scene. in 1975 with his debut album, Horses.
As well as inspiring stars such as Madonna, Michael Stipe (REM), Courtney Love (Hole) and Shirley Manson (Garbage), she has collaborated with Blue Oyster Cult – which is due to return to Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on 25 October supporting Deep Purple – recorded Capitol Letter for the second Hunger Games soundtrack, supported U2 and worked with producers Terrence Malick and Darren Aronofsky.
In 2014, she had a very special request that prompted a headline from Vanity Fair that read, “Guess which punk rocker Pop Francis invited to perform at the Vatican Christmas concert.”
The eldest of four children of Irish descent, Patti’s best-known song remains Because The Night, co-written with Bruce Springsteen, and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine placed her 47th in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists. .
Blood red album!
A blood red vinyl edition of three albums of the Peaky Blinders soundtrack will be released on May 27 and can be pre-ordered from this link here – it will include Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand as well as PJ Harvey’s version recorded especially for the show but not available anywhere else.
Other featured artists will include David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Richard Hawley, Jehnny Beth, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Laura Marling, Royal Blood, Foals, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and many more, including including soundtracks by several Mercury Award-nominated singer-songwriter Anna Calvi.
Steven Knight said: “The story of Peaky Blinders and the music we use are twins, born at the same time. It would be hard to imagine most of the pivotal moments without the soundtrack. I’m so happy that finally we were able to collect some of the tracks on a single album, put the atmosphere, the swagger and the growl of the show into your headphones and speakers.
Steven Knight also teamed up with Rambert to create a dance-drama version of the television series.
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby at Birmingham Hippodrome will have its first worldwide opening week from September 27 to October 2.
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