The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project: Nick Cave & Debbie Harry – On The Other Side

We’re more than happy to show you the first song taken from the upcoming The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project album. Enjoy „On The Other Side“ by Nick Cave and Debbie Harry.

‘On The Other Side’ by Nick Cave & Debbie Harry is the first single release from ‘The Task Has Overwhelmed Us‘. Two of the most distinctive voices in music, Cave and Harry seemed made to duet together from their time-stopping rendition of ‘Free to Walk’ on We Are Only Riders (along with Debbie’s heart-pulling ‘Lucky Jim’). It was followed by ‘The Breaking Hands’ on volume two, volume three’s ‘Into the Fire’ and now ‘On The Other Side’.

Pierce first roared out of the tunnel in 1981 with the massively influential punk-blues of the Gun Club’s Fire Of Love debut. This was followed by monolithic titles including Miami, The Las Vegas Story and Mother Juno along with solo albums including Wildweed and Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove With Willie Love. In March 1996, Jeffrey Lee Pierce died after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

“Jeffrey Lee Pierce only performed the song live a few times, faster in tempo before being transformed into an exquisite ballad with Cave on piano, Cypress Grove on guitar, synth by Warren Ellis and Guido Benigni on bass providing a sensitive backdrop to Nick and Debbie’s unearthly vocal.” says Cypress Grove about “On The Other Side”.

In an interview with Gene Temesy, Nick Cave said of Jeffrey, “He genuinely cared about other people. He was very genuine. And you know, I loved him very much. And I think he was a great songwriter.” Debbie Harry said “He had a good heart…. And, you know, it’s surprising how great his lyrics were, how original they were.” The film clip features photos of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club taken at various locations in Los Angeles and West London taken between 1981 and 1992 from the archives of photographer David Arnoff.

“The journey is long and we are only riders. Long ago we had committed to our little endeavour and now the task has overwhelmed us, so that we have simply become axels and sockets in a growing menacing machine.” Jeffrey Lee Pierce

The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project „The Task Has Overwhelmed Us“ will be released Sep 29 via Glitterhouse Records on LP, limi LP and CD. Pre-order here: