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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Australia (1984 – present)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds was originally formed in 1984 by two former members of the Australian band The Birthday Party: Nick Cave (vocals, songwriter, keyboards, harmonica) and multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey. They were joined by Einstürzende Neubauten member Blixa Bargeld (guitar), Hugo Race (guitar), and former Magazine member Barry Adamson (bass, piano). Cave’s former girlfriend Anita Lane was also a creative influence and occasional lyricist. This line-up recorded their debut album, From Her To Eternity, released in 1984. During their initial Australian tour, Birthday Party bass guitarist Tracy Pew also performed with the band.

The name of the new project indicated the shift in Cave’s role from band member, as in The Birthday Party, to band leader, and coincided with his shift in songwriting style from expressionism to detailed lyrical narrative. The group has been through many personnel changes, with Cave and Harvey remaining the constants.

Cave separated from Lane in the mid-1980s and began a relationship with Elisabeth Recker. While in Berlin, he released four albums with the Bad Seeds: The Firstborn Is Dead; Kicking Against the Pricks; Your Funeral… My Trial; and Tender Prey. Kicking Against the Pricks was the first album to feature the drumming of Swiss Thomas Wydler, who is the longest serving member in the band beside Cave and Mick Harvey.

In 1987, the Bad Seeds made an appearance in the Wim Wenders film, Wings of Desire. In 1990, the band collectively eliminated hard drugs from its diet, relocated to Brazil, and released The Good Son.

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  • vividserenity

    A Nick Cave spotify app

    Yesterday 7:51pm Reply
  • leonidascomet

    their first albums are majestic.

    9 Jul 6:06pm Reply
  • xenoprime

    Один из лучших сонграйтеров. Но после ухода Бликсы и Харви звучание группы не особо впечатляет.

    8 Jul 4:51pm Reply
  • beatfanatic

    They were amazing live. Got to touch Nick Cave's leg.

    1 Jul 2:07pm Reply
  • ashablack

    Can't wait for the Sydney show :D

    1 Jul 5:31am Reply
  • Mordewal

    hej fajny zespol jakie sa fajne plyty wlasnie posluchalem jednej i mi sie spodobalo chce posluchac wiecej ale nie wiem czego poleccie cos fajnego duzo tego trudno wybrac halp pls :)

    28 Jun 5:58pm Reply
  • pixielandjazz

    Could anyone let me know if they've been selling tour art at the recent shows? And if so, at what price was each print selling?

    22 Jun 10:48pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    The Boatsman's Call and Lyre have some of his best writing, what are you guys listening to? Listen to The Birthday Party or any of the Bad Seeds' pre-The Good Son albums @Coufik.

    20 Jun 7:46am Reply
  • Coufik

    Can someone recommend me songs from Cave similar to Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow? (faster)

    19 Jun 1:06pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    not bad

    19 Jun 9:16am Reply
  • R-e-s-i-n

    4/10

    13 Jun 7:02pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Most of the post Murder Ballads stuff is so cringe worthy. Bad, bad writing.

    13 Jun 5:37am Reply
  • amseager

    @Huggkruka No, they didn't do anything together.

    1 Jun 2:01pm Reply
  • badicek

    WINGS OF DESIRE

    25 May 1:56pm Reply
  • fame00

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    23 May 7:37pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    This guy is quite "on edge" I must agree.

    23 May 2:03am Reply
  • AreYouKillingMe

    Nick Cave - крестраж

    21 May 11:54am Reply
  • Xymox13

    Amando cada vez mais essa banda. ♥

    18 May 4:04pm Reply
  • jazzthieve

    I'd say listen to "weeping song" last, there are so much more interesting songs by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds than that boring song (also counts for "Into my Arms").

    18 May 1:58pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    is it me or does this guy sound very 'on edge'?

    11 May 12:09pm Reply
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