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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Nick Cave (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, August 1986

The interview was meant to be about The Bad Seeds' Kicking Against The Pricks, but swiftly degenerates into an attack on music journalism in general, and interviewer Mat Snow in particular

File format: mp3; file size: 43.9meg, interview length: 45' 44" sound quality: ***

Nick Cave (1995)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, Winter 1995

The head Bad Seed talks about his Murder Ballads album: the starting point, 'O'Malley's Bar; the attraction of the murder ballads narrative; the swift recording process; his own anger never tempting him to murder; his relationship with crime fiction; the pleasure of writing about violence; his take on the 'Stagger Lee' story, and his duet with Kylie Minogue.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.4mb, interview length: 33' 46" sound quality: *****

Nick Cave (2004)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 11 August 2004

The Bad Seeds frontman talks in depth about, among many things, his art; the departure of Blixa Bargeld; his relationship with Mick Harvey; the degree of biography in his songs; heroin and God, and the Australian-ness of himself and his work.

File format: mp3; file size: 61.5mb, interview length: 1h 07' 12" sound quality: ****

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 3 August 1985

Rave from the Cave ...

Nick Cave: Lizard of Oz

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 23 January 1988


Seeds of Discontent: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Kilburn National Ballroom, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 23 July 1988

FROM THE TOP of his lank, greased-back hair to the bottom of his Old Testament soul, old Nick is Bible black. To invoke such well-known ...

Nick Cave: The Needle And The Damage Done

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, 13 August 1988

NICK CAVE – the voice of desperation; singer, writer, actor, junkie! JACK BARRON, branded by the Bad Seed a "filthy little prick", gets to grips ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Tender Prey (Mute LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 24 September 1988


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Elysees Montmartre, Paris

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 December 1988

TONIGHT THE Angel saw the Ass, and still isn't convinced. ...

Nick Cave: The Return of the Prodigal Son

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 14 April 1990

Throughout the turmoil of the ‘80s, Nick Cave was on some sort of slow development course. From the pithy pop blunders of Boys Next Door ...

Nick Cave: Worshipping The Son

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, 24 November 1990

For the second of our special Fan Files, we look at Nick Cave, the singer who's so damn slinky and shaggable that even women want ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Henry's Dream (Mute)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 25 January 1992

HAVING LONG sneered and sped past the 'Buffoon Goth' pigeonhole reserved for him when he first arrived on these shores, the Nick Cave who thrives ...

A Lighter Shade of Cave

Interview by Jon Savage, The Observer, 15 March 1992


Nick Cave: The Tunes They Are A Changin'

Interview by Mark Petracca, Cover, April 1992

They say he is a brooding auteur. A madman. A shaman. Yet, those who say those things have often held him in such high regard ...

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 23 May 1992

ARE YOU ready to have your heart skewered on a grill? Just remember, if you will, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' cover version of ...

The Nick Cave View: It's Dark Inside

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 31 July 1992

NICK CAVE, the lanky singer-songwriter of the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, is not one to mince words, even — or especially — if ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Live Seeds

Review by Mick Houghton, MOJO, November 1993

THE LIVE ALBUM is a tricky beast to handle. More often than not it's a contract filler, a pause for thought when the ideas have ...

It's The 'Looza Baby, Why Don't You Kill It?

Report by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 30 July 1994

LOLLAPALOOZA once had the chance to be the greatest rock'n'roll circus the planet had ever seen. But, in spite of the live spectacle of VERVE, ...

Various Artists: Lollapalooza '94, Sam Boyd Stadium University of Nevada Las Vegas July 1,1994

Live Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1994

THE DIFFERENCE between Lollapalooza 1994 and Lollapolooza Past is that this year Perry Farrell and colleagues decided the music being offered couldn't just be loud, ...

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads (Mute/All formats)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 3 February 1996

HOW DO you prevent any rational person from committing murder? ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Boatman's Call

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1997

"I DON'T believe in an interventionist God/But I know, darling, that you do" ('Into My Arms'). Those are the first lines of the album; Cave's ...

Nick Cave: No More Shall We Part

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

Tenth solo album from Saint Nick ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Plan B, September 2004

HEY, LOOK, I believed once. I realised I was buying well-read misogyny, suckered into being controlled by a perfect simulacrum of anarchy. ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2004

AFTER THE TEPID reception for last year's Nocturama, Cave and the Bad Seeds could have been forgiven for taking time out to lick their wounds. ...

Old Saint Nick: Nick Cave

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Dazed & Confused, October 2004

ON ABATTOIR BLUES, the cheerily-titled first half of the new double album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, there is a song called ‘There ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Hastings Pier

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, November 2004

MANY ROCK STARS would recoil at the notion of playing an end-of the-pier ballroom in a shabby South Coast retirement town, but Nick Cave appeared ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2005

"THE WORK," Cave told MOJO, "of a genius." Though his tongue was presumably not too many miles from his cheek, he was spot on. This ...

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, The Independent, 11 May 2008

The intensity never lets up for the Bad Seed who glides from dark menace to the sublime ...

Nick Cave: King of Pain

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 2009

"TEA? PIECE OF CAKE?" says Nick Cave civilly. After an earlier on-tour interview at the Malmaison Hotel, Manchester, he's invited MOJO to his office, a ...

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, April 2009

With all 14 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds albums being remastered and reissued, Kris Needs chronicles one of music's most compelling catalogues, with help ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: From Her To Eternity/The Firstborn Is Dead/Kicking Against The Pricks/Your Funeral... My Trial

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2009

AS ONE CONTRIBUTOR to the episodic documentary that features across the DVDs of these four reissues observes, Nick Cave was well on his way to ...

Latitude Festival Review: The Quietus Gets Saucy In Southwold

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 24 July 2009

The Quietus bored by Yorke but tentage to Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the driest wet festival ...

Kid Congo Powers: From Gun Play To Monkey Business

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 17 December 2009

KID CONGO Powers is a talkative man. Almost every song that he plays tonight at the rammed 100 Club with his new band, the Pink ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

Review by Mike Diver,, 2010

Two great albums, which surpassed expectations against the odds. ...

Howl: An interview with Warren Ellis

Interview by Mark Mordue, The Sun-Herald, 10 January 2010

WHEN THE American author Mark Twain visited a Victorian gold mining town back in 1885, he was inspired to write: "It was as if the ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Tender Prey, The Good Son, Henry's Dream

Review by David Quantick, Uncut, May 2010

The dark masters caught in transition, and all the better for being reissued, says David Quantick. ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away

Review by Mark Mordue, The Monthly, February 2013

WE DON'T OFTEN go on journeys with musicians any more. Not over the length of an album. From iTunes to Spotify, we live in an ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 10 February 2013

RECENT YEARS have seen messageboards, pop gossip sites and magazines alike indulging in the pursuit of Brighton-based Nick Cave spotting. Nick Cave spotted waving a ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 11 February 2013

AT 55 NICK CAVE remains an impressive advert for the dissolute life. Squint at the guy on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre and – ...

This Moral Coil: A Conversation With Nick Cave

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, 12 April 2013

"ASK ABOUT our Seven Deadly Sins packages," tempted the intentionally sexed-up outgoing recorded message of the hotel in Perth where Nick Cave was holed up ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Brighton Dome

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 28 October 2013

Nick Cave gets behind the piano for some slower songs from the Bad Seeds back catalogue at the Brighton Dome, but even that can't stop ...

The Persistence of Punk: X, Nick Cave and New Order live in L.A.

Live Review by Roy Trakin, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2014

IT WILL BE 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's Horses, on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the ...

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling (Bad Seed)

Review by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, March 2017

IN THE BEST possible sense, there has always been an air of the caricature about Nick Cave: the public persona. His career has felt like ...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Patrick Clarke, The Quietus, 3 October 2017

As the cult of Nick Cave gets bigger and bigger, so his material gets sparser and more intimate. Can Skeleton Tree really work in an ...

All Points East: Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Louder Than War, 4 June 2018

Saturday 2nd June: The National, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Warpaint, Cat Power Sunday 3rd June: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, St ...

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Ghosteen

Review by Mark Mordue, The Electrified Journalist, 6 October 2019

NOTE: I wrote these notes upon a first listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Ghosteen. I tried to evolve the words into something ...

see also Nick Cave

see also Einstürzende Neubauten

see also Grinderman

see also Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds

see also Barry Adamson

see also Mick Harvey


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