Where the Wild Roses Grow

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"Where the Wild Roses Grow"
Single by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue
from the album Murder Ballads
B-side
Released 2 October 1995 (1995-10-02)
Format
Recorded 1993–1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:57
Label Mute
Writer(s) Nick Cave
Producer(s)
Certification Gold (Australia, Germany)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
"Red Right Hand"
(1994)
"Where the Wild Roses Grow"
(1995)
"Henry Lee"
(1996)
Kylie Minogue chronology
"Where Is the Feeling?"
(1995)
"Where the Wild Roses Grow"
(1995)
"Some Kind of Bliss"
(1997)
Music video
"Where the Wild Roses Grow" on YouTube

"Where the Wild Roses Grow" is a duet by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and pop singer Kylie Minogue. It is the fifth song and lead single from the band's ninth studio album, Murder Ballads (1996), released on Mute Records. It was written by the band's frontman Nick Cave and produced by Tony Cohen and Victor Van Vugt.

The song received a positive reception from music critics and became the band's most successful single worldwide reaching No. 3 in Norway, the top five in Australia, and the top twenty in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand. It also received a limited promotional release in the United States. The song was certified Gold in Germany in 1996 for 250,000 copies sold,[1] despite never reaching the top ten in that country. It charted again at the bottom of the German Top 100 in 2008 because of digital downloads after it was used in a soap opera. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" was also certified Gold in Australia for selling 50,000 copies[2]

Cave was inspired to write "Where the Wild Roses Grow" after listening to the traditional song, "Down in the Willow Garden", a tale of a man courting a woman and killing her while they are out together. Cave arranged this tale as second of two B-sides, "The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane" / "The Willow Garden", released on the CD-Maxi single version.

Although the song does not feature on a Minogue studio album, it can be found on her compilations Hits+, Greatest Hits 1987–1999, Ultimate Kylie and The Abbey Road Sessions. Minogue performed a chorus of the song during her Showgirl and Homecoming tours.

It reached number 8 in Triple J's Hottest 100 1995. In 2012, NME listed the song in the "100 best songs of the 1990s" at number 35.[3]

Background[edit]

Cave described writing the song:

Where The Wild Roses Grow was written very much with Kylie in mind. I'd wanted to write a song for Kylie for many years. I had a quiet obsession with her for about six years. I wrote several songs for her, none of which I felt was appropriate to give her. It was only when I wrote this song, which is a dialogue between a killer and his victim, that I thought finally I'd written the right song for Kylie to sing. I sent the song to her and she replied the next day.[4]

—Nick Cave, quoted in Molly Meldrum presents 50 Years of Rock in Australia (2007)

"one of pop music's most violent and distressing lyrics" and "when Kylie Minogue sings these words, there is an innocence to her that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling".[5]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue first performed the song publicly on 4 August 1995 in Cork, Republic of Ireland.[6]

Song information[edit]

According to the sheet music book published by OnlineSheetMusic.com, "Where The Wild Roses Grow" is written in the compound time signature of 6/8 and is set to the key signature of G minor.[7]

Music video[edit]

The video for this song, commissioned by Emma Davies for Mute Records, shot by director Rocky Schenck and produced by Nick Verden for Atlas Films, shows Kylie Minogue in character, apparently having been murdered by Nick Cave's character. We see her in ghost-like form and also in a river in a pose reminiscent of Millais' painting Ophelia. The video ends with Cave's character putting a rose in Minogue's mouth and closing her eye lids.[8]

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

Minogue appeared as a surprise guest at Coldplay's Enmore Theatre show in Sydney, Australia on 19 June 2014, where they performed the song as a duet.[9]


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Awards[edit]

Covers[edit]

Other version[edit]

A guide track with The Bad Seeds guitarist, Blixa Bargeld, singing Kylie Minogue's vocal part was released on the compilation B-Sides & Rarities.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Where the Wild Roses Grow".

UK 7" single (MUTE 185)
  1. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (Cave) – 3:58
  2. "The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane" (Cave) – 3:34
UK cassette single (CMUTE 185)
  1. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (Cave) – 3:58
  2. "The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane" (Cave) – 3:34
EU CD single (CDMUTE 185)
  1. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (Cave) – 3:58
  2. "The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane" (Cave) – 3:34
  3. "The Willow Garden" (Traditional) – 3:57
Australian CD single (D1188)
  1. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (Cave) – 3:58
  2. "The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane" (Cave) – 3:34
  3. "The Willow Garden" (Traditional) – 3:57

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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