When Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” first appeared on the band’s 1994 album, Let Love In, it quickly proved to be a fan favourite at live shows. It remains one of their most popular songs to date and, since becoming the theme song for Britain’s Peaky Blinders, has enjoyed a serendipitous revival with the phenomenon that has surrounded the cult crime drama over the last five seasons.
The Peaky Blinders series’ creators have previously commissioned artists like PJ Harvey, Laura Marling, Iggy Pop, and Jarvis Cocker to each record their own interpretation of the Bad Seeds’ song for the show. Now, Snoop Dogg (Shelby) has joined the ranks with his own reimagined version of the classic, giving the track a surprisingly appropriate, brooding rap makeover.
“By the order of the Peaky Blinders, this is ‘Red Right Hand,’ by Snoop Shelby,” the rapper says in BBC’s clip for the track which cuts between shots of the period TV series and Snoop in the studio, wearing a very apt flat-cap. Watch below:
Snoop Dogg [Shelby] Performs Peaky Blinders Theme | BBC
The song proves to be remarkably adaptable to Snoop’s flow as the rapper amps up the already pulsing rhythm with reverberating trap drums for a manacing hip hop take that lacks none of the sombre sentiment of the original.
The fifth season of Peaky Blinders wrapped up this month, but reports indicate that there are at least another two seasons of the hit crime drama already in the works, which is great news for Nick Cave fans as more “Red Right Hand” covers are sure to follow!
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