Grinderman (album)

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Studio album by Grinderman
Released March 5, 2007
Recorded March 2006 at RAK Studios and Metropolis Studios in London, United Kingdom[1]
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock
Length 40:03
Label Mute/ANTI-
Producer Nick Launay, Grinderman
Grinderman chronology
Grinderman 2
Singles from Grinderman
  1. "Get It On"
    Released: January 8, 2007
  2. "No Pussy Blues"
    Released: February 17, 2007
  3. "(I Don't Need You To) Set Me Free"
    Released: April 30, 2007

Grinderman is the eponymous debut studio album by alternative rock band Grinderman, a side project of members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on March 5, 2007 on Mute Records in Europe and ANTI- in the United States. Aiming to recreate the more raw, primal sound[2] of all former related projects such as The Birthday Party, Grinderman's lyrical and musical content diverged significantly to Nick Cave's concurrent work with The Bad Seeds, whose last studio album, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004), was primarily blues, gospel and alternative-orientated in stark contrast to the raw sound of the early Bad Seeds albums. Incidentally, the musical direction of Grinderman influenced The Bad Seeds' next studio album, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2008).

According to producer Nick Launay, the recording sessions for the album only lasted four days,[3] during which time the band also recorded a number of extra material. Some of this material was later featured as b-sides to the album's three singles, "Get It On," "No Pussy Blues," and "(I Don't Need You To) Set Me Free." Upon its release, Grinderman received unanimous critical acclaim and charted internationally, debuting at number one on Billboard Heatseekers in the United States.[4]

Background and production[edit]

After extensive touring throughout 2005 with The Bad Seeds in support of Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, frontman Nick Cave began writing songs on guitar, an instrument he would rarely play. His rudimentary playing gave the new material a rawer feel than much of The Bad Seeds' output. After more experimentation, Grinderman formed and soon entered Metropolis Studios in London to record the original Grinderman demos and it was this material that would eventually become the basis for Grinderman. The album was recorded with long-time friend, producer Nick Launay in April at the RAK Studios in London and mixed in October at Metropolis Studios.[5]

Warren Ellis has commented that the album was "meant to be really open liberating thing" and the band decided to experiment during the recording of the album "and push on, relentless." Cave's additional guitar was also noted to have "changed the whole dynamic of the [project]."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Aversion 4/5 stars[7] 3/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
musicemissions 4.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[11]
Stylus Magazine 8.5/10 stars[12]

Released on March 5, 2007, Grinderman was acclaimed by critics for its raw power, similar to that of Cave's celebrated post-punk project The Birthday Party. Critical reaction to the album was very positive. Metacritic's score, based on 33 independent reviews, is 83 indicating "universal acclaim."[13]


The band made their live debut at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset the month following the album's release. This was followed by a one-off show at The Forum in London on 20 June.[14] Three singles were released from the album, "Get It On" was the first single to be released on 8 January 2007. "No Pussy Blues" was released as a single on 19 February, and on 30 April, the band released the final single from the album, "(I Don't Need You To) Set Me Free."

Grinderman also opened for The White Stripes at their Madison Square Garden show on 24 July 2007, followed by a show in Chicago, and two shows in San Francisco.[15] The band then embarked on a theatre tour of Australia, opening for a Nick Cave 'solo' set, which consisted of the same band members.[16] The band also launched the official Grinderman website in March 2007 in promotion of the album. Amongst other things, the website included The Grinderman Podcast featuring a series of fragments of recordings from the band's writing sessions.[17] These were not complete songs but instead were seen to offer a unique insight into the workings of the band. New episodes were said to appear regularly over the following weeks and months, however, only five recordings have been submitted at this time.

On 11 May 2007, the band performed "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" and "No Pussy Blues" on the BBC television show Later... with Jools Holland and made their US network television debut on the CBS television show the Late Show with David Letterman performing "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" on 23 July 2007. Grinderman were one of the headliners at Roskilde Festival 2008 in July, one of the biggest festivals in northern Europe. They joined names such as Radiohead, Neil Young and Jay-Z at the top of the bill.

In 2014, the song "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" appeared in the HBO show True Detective where it was played at the end of the episode "Who Goes There?".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nick Cave, all music composed by Grinderman.

No. Title Length
1. "Get It On"   3:07
2. "No Pussy Blues"   4:20
3. "Electric Alice"   3:15
4. "Grinderman"   4:33
5. "Depth Charge Ethel"   3:47
6. "Go Tell the Women"   3:24
7. "(I Don't Need You To) Set Me Free"   4:06
8. "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)"   3:18
9. "Man in the Moon"   2:10
10. "When My Love Comes Down"   3:32
11. "Love Bomb"   4:26
Total length:


Technical personnel
Design personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian Charts[18] 14
Austrian Charts[19] 14
Belgian Charts[20] 6
Dutch Charts[21] 35
Greek Charts[22] 1
New Zealand Charts[23] 38
Swedish Charts[24] 46
Swiss Charts[25] 49
UK Charts[26] 23
U.S Billboard Heatseekers[27] 1
U.S Billboard Independent Albums[27] 15


Country Certification
Greece Gold[28]

"Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" also reached #97 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Best Songs of 2007."[29]


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  7. ^ "Aversion review". 
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  12. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". 
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  14. ^ Grinderman| Music| This is London
  15. ^ Pitchfork: Grinderman Add U.S Dates, Open for White Stripes
  16. ^ Indie Initiative
  17. ^ Nick Cave's Grinderman band podcasts writing sessions
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