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Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, songwriter, poet, author, actor and screenwriter, best known for his work with his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, band The Birthday Party, and Bad Seeds side project, Grinderman. He currently resides in Hove, UK.

Cave was born in the small town of Warracknabeal in the state of Victoria, Australia, to Dawn and Colin Cave. He has two brothers: Tim (b. 1952) and Peter (b. 1954), and a sister, Julie (b. 1959).

As a child, Cave lived in Warracknabeal and then Wangaratta in rural Victoria, Australia. His father Colin was an English teacher and administrator, with a love of literature, and his mother was a librarian. Raised as an Anglican, Cave sang in the boys choir at Wangaratta Cathedral. However, he was often in trouble with the local school authorities, so his parents sent him to boarding school at Melbourne’s Caulfield Grammar School in 1970. Cave joined the school choir under choirmaster Norman Kaye, and also benefitted from having a piano in his home. The following year he became a “day boy” when his family moved to Caulfield, a suburb of Melbourne.

After his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting (Fine Art) at the Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University, Caulfield Campus) in 1976, but dropped out in 1977 to pursue music. He also began dabbling in heroin use around this time. In late 1978, shortly after Cave’s 21st birthday, his father was killed in a car accident. This affected him deeply, as is evident in his lyrics.

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    16 Jul 9:23am Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Гениальный дядька, этот Ник Кейв)

    20 Jun 4:46am Reply
  • HearMySoul

    The Lyre of Orpheus

    19 Jun 3:49pm Reply
  • purifire

    why

    6 Jan 5:19pm Reply
  • dark_tower

    WTF with the capital I? Last.fm, you're becoming the hell-place of mistagging.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Slinkster

    I've got over 1000 a listens of the catalogue as "Nick Cave". Is there any way to change this to "Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" without losing the previous 1000?

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • senyai

    The is no point in STUPID CAPITALIZED

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tammy_87

    I just realized the I is capitalized.. What the actual fuck..

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • M-LeBlanc

    STUPID CAPITALIZED I [2] ha!

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dinkydauisshit

    STUPID CAPITALIZED I

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • gunmetal_sky

    Try this band - Weeping Birds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW5fYZKVPH8

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    V gash

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

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    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • exSpectacularrr

    And Nick Cave haters, what in Ned's name are you trolling about it for? Seriously, such a bitchy waste of time. If you don't like him that's fine. I also enjoy liver pudding and sour pickles, and I don't need you dropping by to tell me how nasty you think it is. Don't listen to Nick Cave if you don't want to -- and don't drop by to shout about it. I don't go around whinging about how much I hate Pink Floyd or Linkin Park. (But for what it's worth, you should watch the film "The Proposition," and be reborn in the bloody glory of it all.)

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • exSpectacularrr

    Fuck that stupid "Keep Stats Clean!" logo in my scrobbler. I have no motivation to make things convenient for Last.fm. Just as they've shown no interest in maintaining a usable product for their users. Get rid of the stupid radio limits, and sure, maybe I'll waste a bunch of time reconfiguring thousands of old trax in my music library to satisfy the fussy scolds that post that stupid nag-tag on the innumerable variations in artist names. But wait, the RIAA is up everybody's ass about music access -- so that's never gonna happen. So listen up fussy scolds: Quit harping on "Nick Cave" versus "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds," "Belle and Sebastian" versus "Belle & Sebastian," etc. Who gives a shit. Also: I'm cranky!!! X-(

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Contra_Del

    че за херня, Индия так? [4] Наркоманы

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Moonagedreams

    Although Nick's voice is not that versatile, I love the acoustic colour of it. So beautiful.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Bokkai

    wtf indie tag? [3] Stupid hipters

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Inamourada

    A motherfucking mastermind.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Lyana_M

    nick is awesome!!!!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
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