Nick Cave Monday
I loved you babe, but I had to kill you.
Nick once said that he kills people in his songs so he doesn’t have to kill them in real life....more
Earth is a bleak planet and the majority of humanity is selfish, each following the compulsion of their id.
All you need to do is look out the window to be disgusted at the theater of the human race.
Yet, leave it to Nick to create a beautiful, romantic ballad to capture the essence of our world of shit....more
Heartbreak drives a man to drink. Especially when he’s in love and his lady has booted him out of the house.
And he drinks and he drinks, until days later, when the hangover kicks in.
Then he waits, because only time can heal a morning of sickness after a night of woe....more
When the bell chimes a man emerges from the shadows. Or it’s a ghost who wants to haunt your soul. Or it’s a guru to give you enlightenment for your path. Or it’s a god.
There’s really no salvation with this murky character spoken of in “Red Right Hand”, only the journey that Nick takes us on....more
Have you ever approached an attractive girl and said something clever but it turns out to be totally obvious?
Yeah, me neither....more
There is a sexy beast waiting to rip your clothes off. He’s dealing with a Devil inside because he’s a man with sexual urges.
“Loverman” was released on the 1994 record “Let Love In.”
We’re Devils in the sack and you’ll enjoy it, deal with it, love it....more
Falling in love is a putrid, vile mind space filled with demons. It’s also an angel glowing in white light luring you into her. Let’s explore love, Bad Seeder style.
One quick announcement, Nick Cave Monday ends at #52, so there are eight Nick Cave Mondays left to enjoy....more
Punk rock had exploded in New York City and the U.K., but kids in the Southern Hemisphere probably had to pay a lot of money to buy imports or have records shipped from the north....more
Anita Lane was one of Nick’s early lovers. When Nick Cave and The Birthday Party left Australia for London, Anita was right by his side. She’s credited for co-writing other songs by The Birthday Party as well as “From Her To Eternity” from The Bad Seeds first record....more
Many songs by Nick have a way of throwing you down for a good tickling and then, when everything is happy times, he’ll lyrically smack you upside the head. Pay attention, he’s going deeper than that.
He’ll sing you a lullaby before dropping you to the floor and sticking his boot on your throat....more
Nick Cave was a singer named Freak Storm in the 1991 film Johnny Suede. Tom DiCillo wrote and directed the film. It was his directorial debut. Before this film he paid his dues as cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch.
One day, Nick was at DiCillo’s friend’s place in London and saw the script for Johnny Suede on the table....more
If you commit manslaughter, you better run to the City of Refuge. It’s what the Old Testament tells us to do because under biblical law the family of the victim can kill you even if it was an accident.
We learned about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth in Nick Cave Monday #4. So, in bible times if you kill someone on purpose, then you’re dead....more
In a dreary, isolated town stands a building. Throughout the bland hallways are rooms that have been deserted for years. Old computer equipment, basically just a bunch of shit around.
That doesn’t stop Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from cleaning it up, bringing in some gear and throwing a moderately attended party....more
Rest in peace. RIP. That’s what we say when someone dies. So this Jesus dude in the Bible resurrects some people according to the gospels. One of the privileged to come back from the dead was Lazarus.
Lazarus was in his tomb and all of his family wept....more
What does it all mean? Does it even matter that we are all Bad Seeders in this existence? Is the journey worth it? When we suck our last breath and the only good we end up doing for planet Earth is decaying in the soil, will anyone care?...more
Even though we’re in the month of May, we can always use a little bit of Christmas spirit. The Birthday Party, Nick Cave’s pre–Bad Seeds band, gave us a song that we can sing anytime of year.
There was this dude named Joe....more
Happy Mother’s Day. And a big hug to Dawn Cave, the mother who gave us the King of The Bad Seeds.
Thank you, Dawn, and thank you, Calliope. Calli-a-who?
Calliope was the mother of the greatest musician of all time, Orpheus....more
“The Ship Song” can induce emotions of love, lust and affection. It’s a sexy and soft ballad. If you listen to the song and no one is around to kiss or fondle, there is no shame in showing your affection to a soft pillow....more
Have you ever been harassed by a bully? Someone who comes up to you on the school playground. And all you’re trying to do is eat your ice cream cone in peace.
So the bully comes up to you and first asks why you’re wearing a fitted suit and have your hair slicked back....more
What do you do when you think a girl is hot and you really want to get with her? You write her a song.
Nick Cave did that for PJ Harvey and “West Country Girl” was released on “The Boatman’s Call” in 1997....more
Deanna was a girl from Melbourne, Australia. She meant so much to Nick she got her own song on the 1988 album, “Tender Prey.” If you have ever seen The Bad Seeds live in the last 25 years there is a very good chance “Deanna” was on the set list....more
Grinderman announced their breakup about a year ago. But guess what Bad Seeders? Grinderman is performing two sets at Coachella in the coming days.
Let’s revisit the first single from Grinderman 2, “Heathen Child.” At the core of this humorous song is a message…In the end, we are all alone on this giant explosion that we inhabit called Earth....more
Around the year of our Lord 1984, there were fans of The Birthday Party wandering aimless through the streets. Their post-punk gods vanished. But, just like a dude named Jesus, there would soon come a resurrection, into a different body of sorts....more
Jack the Ripper killed women in real life. He is known as Jack the Ripper, and was never caught for his violent crimes.
Nick Cave kills people in his music. He is known as the greatest singer in the world, and is in a band called The Bad Seeds....more
It was a dark and stormy night in April 1936. The city of Tupelo, Mississippi was ravaged by a tornado that killed more than 230 people. It is ranked as the fourth deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
Tupelo is also the birthplace of Elvis Presley....more
When the the relationship is over, when your heart is cracked open and leaking blood on your pinstripe suit, when you’re out of cash and you need something to numb the pain of a break up, tell that wretched dude at the bar to buy you a drink....more
Sometimes things get murky in our brains. The depression takes hold. It’s more than melancholy, it’s to the point of absolute despair.
“Abattoir Blues” is the title track on the double album released with “Lyre of Orpheus” by The Bad Seeds in 2004....more
One night in January 1995, you may have been alive and lucky enough to have tuned your TV to “Great Performances” a special featuring the music of Kurt Weill.
It was the coolest of the cool performing Kurt’s music including Elvis Costello, William S....more
It was 1994. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds were performing The Fillmore in San Francisco. I was crushed against the stage and Blixa Bargeld strummed his guitar in front of me. Midway through The Bad Seeds set I summoned the courage to yell,...more