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Nick Cave

Renegade outsider Nick Cave hit London from Melbourne with a force that still resounds today. He and his band The Birthday Party blazed through incendiary live shows and a string of albums and EP's of swaggering raw-boned blues that were at odds with the plastic pop of the time.

Following their break-up in 1983, Cave briefly sojourned in Los Angeles, writing a film script which would later manifest itself as And The Ass Saw The Angle, his debut novel. He also assembled the first incarnation of The Bad Seeds. They released the album From Her To Eternity in 1984.

Relocated to Berlin, Cave started work on what was to become his debut novel And The Ass Saw The Angel. The themes he was evoking in this work would fire the next Bad Seeds album, 1985's The First Born Is Dead, in which Cave explored the myth-heavy terrain of Delta blues. Cave also co-wrote the prison movie Ghosts...of the Civil Dead, with director John Hillcoat.

The 1986 incarnation of The Bad Seeds selected a poignant set of covers for the Kicking Against The Pricks album. They followed this collection with the Your Funeral...My Trial LP and 1988's Tender Prey. That year also saw the publication of Cave's first book, King Ink, a collection of lyrics and plays, and the band appeared in Wim Wender's film, Wings Of Desire, performing The Carny and From Her To Eternity. Ghosts...Of The Civil Dead, with a score composed by Cave, Blixa Bargeld and Mick Harvey and a central acting performance by Cave, gained its theatrical release, and the singer's film work took on another dimension when he appeared as rock star Freak Storm in Tom DiCillo's film, Johnny Suede.

Cave left West Berlin shortly before its fall in 1989, and moved to Sao Paolo. 1990 marked the publication of And The Ass Saw The Angel, a stunning literary success that won Time Out's Book Of The Year award.

The Bad Seeds were to re-evolve again. The magnetizing effect of the new line-up was keenly felt on the early 90's albums The Good Son (1990), Henry's Dream (1992), Live Seeds (1993), and Let Love In (1994). A live album Live Seeds was released in 1993.

With Cave now based in London, 1996's Murder Ballads was a culmination of Cave's long time fascination with the language of violence. Collaborations with Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey led to mainstream chart success and The Bad Seeds' widest exposure ever. Meanwhile, Cave, Harvey and Bargeld resumed their cinematic links with John Hillcoat, scoring his second feature film, 1996's To Have And To Hold. Cave's second anthology of lyrics and essays, King Ink II was also published that year.

March 1997 saw the release of The Bad Seeds' tenth studio album The Boatman's Call, Cave's most intensely personal work to date, in which the singer explored the themes of love, faith and loss in unflinching detail. The chilling, majestic epic No More Shall We Part followed in 2002, and in 2003 Nocturama.

The latest Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre Of Orpheus'was released by Mute in September 2004. The band performed a sold out tour of the album in Europe at the end of 2004 in and Australia in May of 2005. They recently headlined at a string of European festivals this past summer.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Nick Cave Facts

Birth NameNicholas Edward Cave
OccupationMusician, Writer
BirthdaySeptember 22, 1957 (66)
BirthplaceWangaratta, Australia
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Nick Cave compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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