Nick Cave
Australian musician and writer
Nick Cave
Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known for his work as a frontman of the critically acclaimed rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, established in 1983, a group known for its eclectic influences and musical styles.
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Nicolas Cage Reached Peak Nicolas Cage By Crashing His Own Movie Marathon
Huffington Post - 21 days
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Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Twitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According ...
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Stage Door: <i>Ute Lemper's Songs From The Broken Heart, Confucius</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Ute Lemper, the acclaimed German chanteuse, bares her continental soul at the inviting 54 Below nightclub, downstairs from Studio 54, tonight and tomorrow. The great Kurt Weill interpreter is taking a departure from her acclaimed repertoire. Noted for her charismatic delivery of Weimar-era classics, Lemper navigates a more intimate musical universe in Songs From the Broken Heart. Her current incarnation features a few Brechtian numbers from the streets of Berlin. But the evening isn't a showcase of her classic Fritz Hollander or Jacques Brel numbers. It's a more personal journey that traverses her interior landscape, addressing the pain of life. She showcases her musical artistry, using the poetry of Charles Bukowski or Pablo Neruda for inspiration. Her sensitivity to suffering is pronounced. This is art as introspection, searching for the truth of existence. Themes of death, love and redemption permeate her oeuvre. So does humor. She manages, in the guise of Mac the Kn ...
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Unseen films of 2016 feature Nick Cave, teens and the best use of a Stones track ever
LATimes - about 2 months
Our reviewers weigh in with lists of under-seen movies from 2016, as well as trends they’d like to see more and less of. “A Bigger Splash”: Four dangerously beautiful people share an uneasy island idyll in Luca Guadagnino’s sensual siren song of a drama. Tilda Swinton’s character barely speaks...
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On the Culture Front: Music from the Underground, Part 6
Huffington Post - 2 months
Tilted Axes in action. Photo courtesy of Tilted Axes. Joan Torres' All is Fused sextet brings a funk edge to bebop-inflected bossa nova. The sound is both familiar and pushing the boundaries of the genre. Torres, the bassist bandleader is a New Yorker with Puerto Rican heritage and has played with Latin legends like Tito Puente. These influences come through on the album "Of the Musical," but there's also a strong contemporary sensibility that brings to mind artists like Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus who play jazz like people who grew up listening to Radiohead. While he doesn't delve into popular music covers, Torres melds repetitive melodic structure with expansive improvisation. The is most evident on the opening track which begins with a fast paced bossa nova line for piano and bass. About a third of the way in, the groove tightens around a simple driving riff. You might find yourself turning up the volume on "Stream of Melancholy" or being especially still to hear its quiet bea ...
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The Top Songs of 2016: A Mixtape for a Crazy Year
Huffington Post - 2 months
Some years are groovier than others. This year, music provided a steadying backbeat against the craziness of the political climate. We recoiled from depressing TV news segments and reached for the beats to keep us sane. Who knows if we will emerge from the funk in 2017? If not, we hope music continues to be our guide rope through this alternate reality. We love the artists and songs that delivered bold statements, notable comebacks and other creative noises to make 2016 bearable. Here's how the year went down: Technology majorly influenced how we discovered music. Streaming platforms put countless new releases at our fingertips, but these services also proved to be cluttered landscapes wherein quality albums by megastars like Sting or Paul Simon went largely unnoticed in the mainstream (even if Simon's whole record, especially "Proof of Love," was sublime). We were gifted with Leonard Cohen's final work (which proved interestingly dark, as its title promised) just two weeks before hi ...
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Tragedy hovers over the haunting Nick Cave documentary 'One More Time With Feeling'
LATimes - 3 months
About 10 minutes into “One More Time with Feeling,” when Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds begin playing the first of an album’s worth of songs, a wave of sadness surges, bone-deep and breathtaking. The craftsmanship and beauty of the track, “Jesus Alone,” is undeniable, but something else, something...
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Review: ‘One More Time With Feeling’ Listens to Nick Cave’s Darkness
NYTimes - 3 months
Andrew Dominik’s 3-D black-and-white documentary focuses on the making of Mr. Cave’s 16th album, “The Skeleton Tree.”
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A Talk With Bertrand Bonello On Controversial Film 'Nocturama': Hip Terrorism in Paris
Huffington Post - 3 months
One of the highlights of the Lisbon &amp; Estoril Film Festival for me was the chance to speak to French film director Bertrand Bonello about his controversial film "Nocturama." "Nocturama" is about a gang of teenagers who plan and execute a terrorist attack on Paris: a series of bombs that are set off contemporaneously in various strategic parts of the city, from La Defense to the Ministry of the Interior. It has received a scattering of negative reviews, particularly in Paris, where the film came out just seven months after the real terrorist attacks in November 2015. One criticism is that it glamorizes terrorism, making it seem like to be a terrorist is the height of hip. The teenagers in the film are beautiful youngsters who wear the right sneakers and dance to cool music. It is true that the first hour is very uncomfortable to watch, especially for someone (like myself) who lives in Paris. The teenagers set up the bombings with the savoir-faire of agents in a spy movie. ...
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'Leaving The Table'--A Eulogy For Leonard Cohen
Huffington Post - 3 months
I have to etch these words into my memory forever, while they are still fresh, while I am still stunned, while I am still reeling: Leonard Cohen has passed away, aged 82 years. His music is playing on a loop in my room as I write this, his words are playing on a loop in my mind. I find myself suddenly making frantic online purchases of live Cohen recordings on vinyl--1970's landmark Isle of Wight album, Field Commander Cohen dating from his 1979 tour, and a 1988 concert from one of my favorite venues (Toronto's Massey Hall). Undoubtedly, there are millions of people all around the world who are feeling his loss. Perhaps they knew him personally during the early days in Montreal. Or they could have crossed paths with him in New York City at the Chelsea Hotel. Maybe there's a Greek family living in his old house on the island of Hydra, who could regale visitors with anecdotes left in its dusty corners. Maybe there's a woman in England who owns everything he's written--all the po ...
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At Crystal Bridges, How American Artists Take On Dance
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
In an exhibition spanning two centuries, ‘The Art of American Dance’ at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., includes work by Sargent, Cassatt and Nick Cave.
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Nick Cave: Sculptural, and Political, at Mass MoCA
NYTimes - 4 months
Mr. Cave’s installation “Until” addresses recent lethal incidents of racial violence on an epic scale.
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Artist's Political Haunted House Still Isn't As Frightening As Real Life
Huffington Post - 5 months
In “Doomocracy,” an art happening ominously described as a political haunted house that aims to “aims to shock, amuse, provoke, even disturb,” the most frightening part is inevitably the lead-up, the minutes spent counting down, heart racing, before the immersive performance begins.  The suspense is doubly intense since the piece takes place in a setting as massive and sinister as Sunset Park’s once-abandoned Brooklyn Army Terminal, a sprawling complex built to supply the American military in World War I that looks like something straight out of “Stranger Things.” An inoperative train sits amidst the labyrinthine space, its windows caked in blackness. A random door leads to a room inexplicably filled with old printers bound in Saran wrap. These uncanny visions are unrelated to “Doomocracy” itself, though they certainly help set the mood.  The performance is the latest project from New York non-profit Creative Time, the force behind Kara Walker’s “Subtlety” and Nick Cave’s ...
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Nick Cave and the music of the movies
Yahoo News - 5 months
After recently releasing a new studio album "Skeleton Tree," with his band The Bad Seeds, the Australian artist also dropped a music video to accompany the original soundtrack he composed for the movie "Hell or High Water." Meanwhile, the film "One More Time with Feeling," a documentary featuring by Andrew Dominik to accompany "Skeleton Tree," is set to be back in cinemas December 6 after getting rave reviews in September. Released in August 2016, "Hell or High Water" tells the story of two brothers who carry out a series of robberies to save the family farm after the death of their father. A Texas ranger, played by Jeff Bridges, is sent to catch the pair.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nick Cave
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    The effect of Arthur's death on Cave and his family was explored in the 2016 documentary film One More Time with Feeling and on the 2016 album Skeleton Tree.
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  • 2015
    Cave's son Arthur, 15, fell from a cliff at Ovingdean, near Brighton, England, and died from his injuries on 14 July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Cave's family released a statement on the death, saying, "Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy loving boy. We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time."
  • 2014
    A film about Cave's life, titled 20,000 Days on Earth and directed by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, was released in mid-2014, shortly before his 57th birthday.
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  • 2012
    Cave wrote a screenplay titled The Wettest County in the World, which was used for the 2012 film Lawless, directed again by John Hillcoat, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened in theaters on 29 August 2012. Cave left Australia in 1980 and lives with his family in Brighton, England, UK. Cave has had four sons. by three different partners - Luke, born in 1991, Jethro, also born in 1991, and twins Arthur and Earl, born in 2000.
  • 2010
    An announcement in February 2010 stated that Andy Serkis and Cave would collaborate on a motion-capture movie of the Brecht and Weill musical The Threepenny Opera.
    More Details Hide Details As of September 2012, the project has not been realised.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Cave is a contributor to a 2009 rock biography of the Triffids, Vagabond Holes: David McComb and the Triffids, edited by Australian academics Niall Lucy and Chris Coughran.
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    Cave's second novel The Death of Bunny Munro was published on 8 September 2009 by Harper Collins books.
    More Details Hide Details Telling the story of a sex-addicted salesman, it was also released as a binaural audio-book produced by British Artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and an iPhone app. The book originally started as a screenplay Cave was going to write for John Hillcoat. Aside from movie soundtracks, Cave also wrote the screenplays for Hillcoat's The Proposition in 2005, and Lawless (based on the novel by Matt Bondurant) in 2011. As proof of his interest in scripture, so evident in his lyrics and his prose writing, Cave wrote the foreword to a Canongate publication of the Gospel according to Mark, published in the UK in 1998. The American edition of the same book (published by Grove Press) contains a foreword by the noted American writer Barry Hannah.
    Cave's novel The Death of Bunny Munro, published in 2009, was released as an audiobook and Cave worked with Ellis, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on the soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details Forsyth and Pollard referred to the soundtrack as a 3D experience and stated: "We've not heard anything like this before – the result sits somewhere between a film soundtrack, a radio play and an hallucination." Cave and Ellis created music for the Vesturport productions Woyzeck, The Metamorphosis and Faust. Cave released his first book, King Ink, in 1988. It is a collection of lyrics and plays, including collaborations with Lydia Lunch. In 1997, he followed up with King Ink II, containing lyrics, poems, and the transcript of a radio essay he did for the BBC in July 1996, "The Flesh Made Word," discussing in biographical format his relationship with Christianity. While he was based in West Berlin, Cave started working on what was to become his debut novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989). Significant crossover is evident between the themes in the book and the lyrics Cave wrote in the late stages of the Birthday Party and the early stage of his solo career. "Swampland", from Mutiny, in particular, uses the same linguistic stylings ('mah' for 'my', for instance) and some of the same themes (the narrator being haunted by the memory of a girl called Lucy, being hunted like an animal, approaching death and execution). On 21 January 2008, a special edition of Cave's novel And the Ass Saw the Angel was released.
    Cave and Ellis wrote and recorded the score for the film, which was released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2011, Cave and Ellis composed the music for the Mexican film Dias de Gracias. Later in 2011, they reunited with Hillcoat to score his latest picture, Lawless. Cave also authored this screenplay based on the novel by Matt Bondurant. Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, the film was released in August 2012 (US) and September 2012 (UK). Cave and Ellis also have documentary-score composition experience. In 2007, the pair composed the score for Geoffrey Smith's film, The English Surgeon, which traces Dr. Henry Marsh's struggle to bring modern neurosurgery to the confusion of post-Soviet Ukraine. They also wrote the score for The Girls of Phnom Penh, Matthew Watson's 2009 film exploring Cambodia's "virginity trade".
  • 2007
    He also appeared in the 2007 film adaptation of Ron Hansen's novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, where he sings the ballad "Jesse James".
    More Details Hide Details Cave and Warren Ellis are credited for the film's soundtrack. His interest in the work of Edward Gorey led to his participation in the BBC Radio 3 programme Guest + Host = Ghost, featuring Peter Blegvad and the radiophonic sound of the Langham Research Centre. Cave has also lent his voice in narrating the award-winning animated film The Cat Piano. It was directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson (of the People's Republic Of Animation), produced by Jessica Brentnall and features music by Benjamin Speed. Cave wrote the screenplay for The Proposition, a film set in the colonial Australian Outback. Directed by John Hillcoat and filmed in Queensland in 2004, it premiered in October 2005 and was later released worldwide to critical acclaim. Cave explained his personal background in relation to writing the film's screenplay in a 2013 interview: I had written long-form before but it is pure story-telling in script writing and that goes back as far as I can remember for me, not just with my father but with myself. I slept in the same bedroom as my sister for many years, until it became indecent to do so and I would tell her stories every night—that is how she would get to sleep. She would say "tell me a story" so I would tell her a story. So that ability, I very much had that from the start and I used to enjoy that at school so actually to write a script—it suddenly felt like I was just making up a big story.
    The band's eponymous debut studio album, Grinderman, was released in 2007 to extremely positive reviews and the band's second and final studio album, Grinderman 2, was released in 2010 to a similar reception.
    More Details Hide Details Grinderman's first public performance was at All Tomorrow's Parties in April 2007 where Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream accompanied Grinderman on backing vocals and percussion. In December 2011, after performing at Meredith Music Festival, Cave announced that Grinderman was over.
  • 2006
    In 2006, Cave and Ellis composed the music for Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Ron Hansen's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
    More Details Hide Details By the time Dominik's film was released, Hillcoat was preparing his next project, The Road, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel about a father and son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • 2005
    Cave creates original film scores with fellow Bad Seeds band member Warren Ellis—they first teamed up in 2005 to work on The Proposition, for which Cave also wrote the screenplay.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, Cave recorded a cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be" for the film I Am Sam, and co-wrote and recorded the song "To Be By Your Side," for the soundtrack of the 2001 French documentary Le Peuple Migrateur (called Winged Migration in the US).
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  • 2000
    In 2000, one of Cave's heroes, Johnny Cash, covered Cave's "The Mercy Seat" on the album American III: Solitary Man, seemingly repaying Cave for the compliment he paid by covering Cash's "The Singer" (originally "The Folk Singer") on his Kicking Against the Pricks album.
    More Details Hide Details Cave was then invited to be one of many rock and country artists to contribute to the liner notes of the retrospective The Essential Johnny Cash CD, released to coincide with Cash's 70th birthday. Subsequently, Cave recorded a duet with Cash on a version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" for Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around album (2002). A similar duet, the American folk song "Cindy", was released posthumously on the "Johnny Cash: Unearthed" boxset. Cave's song "Let the Bells Ring" is a posthumous tribute to Cash. Cave has also covered the song "Wanted Man" which is best known as performed by Johnny Cash but is a Bob Dylan composition. In 2004, Cave gave a hand to Marianne Faithfull on the album, Before the Poison. He co-wrote and produced three songs ("Crazy Love", "There is a Ghost" and "Desperanto"), and the Bad Seeds are featured on all of them. He is also featured on "The Crane Wife" (originally by the Decemberists), on Faithfull's 2008 album, Easy Come, Easy Go.
    Pulp's single "Bad Cover Version" includes on its B-side a cover version by Cave of that band's song "Disco 2000".
    More Details Hide Details On the Deluxe Edition of Pulp's Different Class another take of this cover can be found.
    In 2000 Andrew Dominik used "Release the Bats" in his film Chopper.
    More Details Hide Details Numerous other movies use Cave's songs including Box of Moonlight (1996), Mr In-Between (2001), Romance & Cigarettes (2005), Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009), The Freshman, Gas Food Lodging, Kevin & Perry Go Large, About Time His works also appear in a number of major TV programs among them Trauma, The L Word, Traveler, The Unit, I Love the '70s, Outpatient, The Others, Nip/Tuck, and Californication, and most recently in the BBC series Peaky Blinders. Cave played with Shane MacGowan on cover versions of Bob Dylan's "Death is Not the End" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". Cave also performed "What a Wonderful World" live with the Flaming Lips. Cave recorded a cover version of the Pogues song "Rainy Night in Soho", written by MacGowan. MacGowan also sings a version of "Lucy", released on B-Sides and Rarities. On 3 May 2008, during the Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! tour, MacGowan joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on stage to perform "Lucy" at Dublin Castle in Ireland.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    She gave up her job when they married in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Bick's and Cave's twin sons, Arthur and Earl, were born in Brighton in 2000. Arthur died in 2015, after falling from a cliff. Cave is the godfather of Michael Hutchence's daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. Cave performed "Into My Arms" at the televised funeral of Michael Hutchence, but insisted that the cameras cease rolling during his performance. In the past, Cave identified as a Christian. In his recorded lectures on music and songwriting, he has claimed that any true love song is a song for God and has ascribed the mellowing of his music to a shift in focus from the Old to the New Testaments. He does not belong to a particular denomination and has distanced himself from "religion as being an American thing, in which the name of God has been hijacked". He said in a Los Angeles Times article: "I'm not religious, and I'm not a Christian, but I do reserve the right to believe in the possibility of a god. It's kind of defending the indefensible, though; I'm critical of what religions are becoming, the more destructive they're becoming. But I think as an artist, particularly, it's a necessary part of what I do, that there is some divine element going on within my songs." When asked in 2009 about whether he believed in a personal God, Cave's reply was: "No". When interviewed by Jarvis Cocker on 12 September 2010, for his BBC Radio 6 show "Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service", Cave stated: "I believe in God in spite of religion, not because of it."
  • 1995
    Cave's songs have also appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters - "There is a Light" appears on the 1995 soundtrack for Batman Forever, and "Red Right Hand" appeared in a number of films including The X-Files, Dumb & Dumber; Scream, its sequels Scream 2 and 3, and Hellboy (performed by Pete Yorn).
    More Details Hide Details In Scream 3, the song was given a reworking with Cave writing new lyrics and adding an orchestra to the arrangement of the track. "People Ain't No Good" was featured in the animated movie Shrek 2 and the song "O Children" was featured in the 2010 movie of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.
  • 1991
    The soundtrack for Wenders' 1991 film Until the End of the World features Cave's "(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World."
    More Details Hide Details His most recent production, Palermo Shooting, also contains a Nick Cave song, as does his 2003 documentary The Soul of a Man.
  • 1990
    Cave then moved to São Paulo, Brazil in 1990, where he met and married his first wife, Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro. She gave birth to their son Luke, in 1991. They were married for 6 years and divorced in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Cave's second son, Jethro, was also born in 1991 and grew up with his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne, Australia. Cave and Jethro did not meet one another until Jethro was about seven or eight. Cave briefly dated PJ Harvey during the mid-1990s. In 1997, Cave met British model Susie Bick. Bick was the cover model on the Damned's 1985 album Phantasmagoria and a Vivienne Westwood model. Bick is also the model on the cover of the album Push the Sky Away.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Another early fan of Cave's was German director Wim Wenders, who lists Cave, along with Lou Reed and Portishead, as among his favorites. Two of Cave's songs were featured in his 1987 film Wings of Desire.
    More Details Hide Details Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds also make a cameo appearance in this film. Two more songs were included in Wenders' 1993 sequel Faraway, So Close!, including the title track.
  • 1986
    Cave's work was featured in a scene in the 1986 film, Dogs in Space, by Richard Lowenstein.
    More Details Hide Details Cave performed parts of the Boys Next Door song "Shivers" twice during the film, once on video and once live.
  • 1984
    Lane co-wrote the lyrics to the title track for Cave's 1984 LP, From Her to Eternity, as well as the lyrics of the song "Stranger Than Kindness" from Your Funeral, My Trial.
    More Details Hide Details Cave, Lydia Lunch and Lane wrote a comic book together, entitled AS-FIX-E-8, in the style of the old "Pussy Galore"/Russ Meyer movies.
    After establishing a cult following in Europe and Australia, the Birthday Party disbanded in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Howard and Cave found it difficult to continue working together and both were rather worn down from alcohol and drug use. The band with Cave as their leader and frontman has released sixteen studio albums. Pitchfork Media calls the group one of rock's "most enduring, redoubtable" bands, with an accomplished discography. Though their sound tends to change considerably from one album to another, the one constant of the band is an unpolished blending of disparate genres, and song structures which provide a vehicle for Cave's virtuosic, frequently histrionic theatrics. Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey wrote: "With the Bad Seeds, Cave continued to explore his obsessions with religion, death, love, America, and violence with a bizarre, sometimes self-consciously eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and arty post-punk." Reviewing 2008's Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! album, NME used the sentence "gothic psycho-sexual apocalypse" to describe the "menace" present in the lyrics of the title track. Their most recent work, Skeleton Tree, was released in September 2016.
  • 1983
    After the break up of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Much of the band's early material was set in a mythic American Deep South, drawing on spirituals and Delta blues, while Cave's preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil culminated in what has been called his signature song, "The Mercy Seat" (1988). The 1996 album Murder Ballads featured "Where the Wild Roses Grow", a duet with Kylie Minogue, Cave's most commercially successful single to date. Skeleton Tree, the band's sixteenth and most recent album, was released in 2016. Cave formed the garage rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums. Cave co-wrote, scored and starred in the 1988 Australian prison film Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988), directed by John Hillcoat. Cave also wrote the screenplay for Hillcoat's bushranger film The Proposition (2005), and composed the soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis. The pair's film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Road (2009) and Lawless (2012). Cave is the subject and co-writer of the semi-fictional "day in the life" documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (2014). He has also released two novels: And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989) and The Death of Bunny Munro (2009).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    They were a leader of Melbourne's post-punk scene in the late 1970s, playing hundreds of live shows in Australia before changing their name to the Birthday Party in 1980 and moving to London, then West Berlin.
    More Details Hide Details Cave's Australian girlfriend and muse Anita Lane accompanied them to London. The band were notorious for their provocative live performances which featured Cave shrieking, bellowing and throwing himself about the stage, backed up by harsh pounding rock music laced with guitar feedback. Cave utilised Old Testament imagery with lyrics about sin, debauchery and damnation. Cave's droll sense of humour and penchant for parody is evident in many of the band's songs, including "Nick the Stripper" and "King Ink". "Release the Bats", one of the band's most famous songs, was intended as an over-the-top "piss-take" on gothic rock, and a "direct attack" on the "stock gothic associations that less informed critics were wont to make". Ironically, it became highly influential on the genre, giving rise to a new generation of bands.
    They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Disillusioned by life in England, the band's sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and they garnered a reputation as one of darkest and most challenging groups of the 1980s. For this they are credited as a major influence on gothic rock. The band, having released three albums and two EPs, fell apart after moving to West Berlin in 1983.
  • 1976
    After his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1976, but dropped out the following year to pursue music.
    More Details Hide Details He also began using heroin around the time that he left art school. Cave attended his first music concert at Melbourne's Festival Hall. The bill consisted of Manfred Mann, Deep Purple and Free. Cave recalled: "I remember sitting there and feeling physically the sound going through me."
  • 1973
    In 1973, Cave met Mick Harvey (guitar), Phill Calvert (drums), John Cochivera (guitar), Brett Purcell (bass), and Chris Coyne (saxophone); fellow students at Caulfield Grammar.
    More Details Hide Details They founded a band with Cave as singer. Their repertoire consisted of proto-punk cover versions of songs by Lou Reed, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music and Alex Harvey, among others. Later, the line-up slimmed down to four members including Cave's friend Tracy Pew on bass. In 1977, after leaving school, they adopted the name The Boys Next Door and began playing predominantly original material. Guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard joined the band in 1978.
  • 1970
    In 1970, having moved with his family to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, he became a boarder and later day student at Caulfield Grammar School.
    More Details Hide Details He was 19 when his father was killed in a car accident; his mother told him of his father's death while she was bailing him out of a St Kilda police station where he was being held on a charge of burglary. He would later recall that his father "died at a point in my life when I was most confused" and that "the loss of my father created in my life a vacuum, a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose".
  • OTHER
  • 1957
    Cave was born on 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, a small country town in the state of Victoria, Australia, to Dawn Cave (née Treadwell) and Colin Frank Cave.
    More Details Hide Details As a child, he lived in Warracknabeal and then Wangaratta in rural Victoria. His father taught English and mathematics at the local technical school; his mother was a librarian at the high school that Nick attended. Cave's father introduced him to literary classics from an early age, such as Crime and Punishment and Lolita, and also organised the first symposium on the Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly, of whom Nick was enamoured as a child. When Cave was 9 he joined the choir of Wangaratta’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. At 13 he was expelled from Wangaratta High School.
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