Nick Cave (born 22.09.1957) Nick Cave is an Australian musician best known for fronting the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Childhood: Nick Cave was born in Warracknabeal in Victoria, Australia. His parents are Dawn, a librarian, and Colin Cave, an English teacher. He later moved to Wangaratta. He was raised an Anglican and sang in a choir but he was often in trouble at the local school he attended.
He was sent to the boarding school Melbourne's Caulfield Grammar School where he also joined the choir there. At age 19, his father died in a car accident and he found out from his mother when she picked him up from a police station after getting arrested for burglary.
He studied fine art at the Caulfield Institute of Technology but soon dropped out in favour of a music career and started using heroin.
Musical career: Nick Cave's first band The Birthday Party began in 1973 with his boarding school friends: guitarist Mick Harvey, drummer Phill Calvert, guitarist John Cochivera, bassist Brett Purcell and saxophonist Chris Coyne. The line-up changed several times and later included Tracy Pew and Rowland S. Howard, and in 1977 they were named The Boys Next Door before they changed it to The Birthday Party in 1980. The band split up in 1983.
Soon after, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; a band which has released 15 studio albums and whose biggest selling single was 1995's 'Where the Wild Roses Grow' featuring Kylie Minogue. Cave has done much solo touring since the 1990s accompanied by Warren Ellis on violin and accordion.
In 2006 he formed the band Grinderman with fellow multi-instrumentalists Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The name was inspired by a Memphis Slim song. The band had only released two albums; their self-titled debut and 'Grinderman 2'; before disbanding in 2011.
His songs have been used in the soundtracks of several movies including 'Dogs in Space', 'Batman Forever', 'Dumb & Dumber', 'Scream', 'Hellboy', 'Shrek 2' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as well as several of Wim Wenders films including 'Wings of Desire', 'Faraway, So Close!', and 'Until the End of the World'. He has worked on original soundtracks for 2005's 'The Proposition', 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' and 'Lawless'.
He has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Shane MacGowan, The Flaming Lips, Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithfull, Current 93 and Chris Bailey.
Other career ventures: Nick Cave has released several books. His first was 'King Ink' in 1988 which was collection of lyrics and plays. In 1989, he released his first novel 'And the Ass Saw the Angel' which was followed by his second novel 'The Death of Bunny Munro' in 2009.
Cave has written screenplays and made appearances in several films. In 1998, he appeared opposite Blixa Bargeld in 'Dandy' and later 1989's 'Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead', 1991's 'Johnny Suede' with Brad Pitt, 2005's 'Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man' and he and the rest of the Bad Seeds were in 'Wings of Desire'. He has written the screenplay for 'The Proposition' as well as 2012 film 'Lawless' which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman.
Personal life: Nick Cave has dated several people including Anita Lane who he recorded with on a few occasions, Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro with whom he has a son called Luke and PJ Harvey in the '90s. He also has a son called Jethro who lived with his mother Beau Lazenby and who only met Cave when he was 7 or 8.
He married Susie Bick in 1999 and they have twin sons called Arthur and Earl. They live in Brighton and Hove in England. He is the godfather to the late Michael Hutchence's only child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.
Nick Cave began a new chapter in the life of his groundbreaking band The Bad Seeds when he released 'Push The Sky Away', his most exquisitely crafted album up until that point
Push The Sky Away, the fifteenth studio album from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, was released on February 18th 2013 and represented a pivotal moment in the band's long and illustrious career. Cave's remarkable band were in their 30th year when Push The Sky Away was released but they were still as creative and artistic as ever, albeit in a different guise to that which many would have associated them with at the time.
The nine songs on Push The Sky Away are full of understated restraint and reserve, both instrumentally and vocally. Cave's penchant for violence and anger was long gone, replaced here with a tenderness that had often been sign posted but never entirely embraced so whole heartedly. The love songs of The Boatman's Call and the spectacular arrangements on the simultaneous releases of Abattoir Blues and The Lyre Of Orpheus signaled Cave's next phase but only in it's infancy.
Way before he heard 'The Boatman's Call' or tried to 'Push The Sky Away' Nick Cave wanted to "tell you about a girl" on 'From Her To Eternity'
The break-up of The Birthday Party may have been an acrimonious and messy affair but it wasn't long before Nick Cave was back in the studio with a new group and a new vision for the future. When the infamous Birthday Party, Cave's previous group, played their last gig on June 9th 1983 in Melbourne, Australia, they unwittingly gave rise to one of the most influential and inspirational groups of the last 40 years. From the ashes and the anger of The Birthday Party rose Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and their first full length record, From Her To Eternity.
Recorded in the fall of 1983 and the spring of 1984, From Her To Eternity was the platform from which Cave, and his steadily changing set of band mates, would build on. To date Nick, and various members of The Bad Seeds, have delivered 17 more albums, forming a back catalogue like no other. From Her To Eternity was the opening chapter to a great body of work that has a consistency of quality, and a depth character, beyond comparison to all but a few artists, dead or alive.
If you're looking for a song to soundtrack your Valentine's Day then we have the answer for you right here.
If you're struggling to express your feelings, finding it difficult to choose a gesture, a gift or even a card for the object of your desire then music always has the answer. Whilst Steve Wright's 'Sunday Love Songs' may have you running to dial up on God's white telephone, and Radcliffe and Maconie's 'Sunday Glove Songs' might be just an amusing stretch too far for the apple of your eye or the target of your affections, there's many other routes to explore. Whilst the schmaltzy, saccharine sweet, Hallmark moments can be pink and fluffy and work if you're wooing your primary school sweetheart they don't necessarily have the same effect as you get older. Now, you can try flowers and you can try chocolates (or both) but I guarantee you that a special song will live longer in the memory than either Interflora's best bouquet or Fortnum & Mason's best selection box. You don't want to be too obvious and you want it to be memorable but most importantly you want it to convey your feelings, so here's just a few alternative tracks for your consideration.
Nick Cave, Berlin. Photo credit - Britta Pedersen PA Images.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Babe You Turn Me On.
As it's Thanksgiving we've put together a little playlist for you of all things thankful and appreciative; happy holidays!
Thanksgiving is upon us once more. In fact in many countries, including Canada, The Netherlands and St Lucia it has already been celebrated. The forth Thursday in November though is arguably the biggest, best known Thanksgiving around the world as it's when The United States Of America, and Brazil, recognise the national holiday. Abraham Lincoln set, or proclaimed, the date for all states back in 1863 and ever since then that's when people have taken time out, not only to bless the harvest, but to say thank you. One reluctant out going President Trump pardoned Corn the turkey, although who was the bigger turkey was still up for debate, in the traditional White House ceremony just the other day setting in motion the start of the U.S celebrations. This inspired us here at Contact Music to put together a topical playlist themed around Thanksgiving.
President Trump is joined by First Lady Melania Trump to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey 2020 / Photo Credit: Sipa USA/PA Images
Dido - Thank you.
How poetry has influenced musical pop culture.
Poetry and music have always gone hand in hand, and some of the greatest musicians in the world can also be called fantastic poets. But time and time again artists are inspired by iconic poems; either in fleeting lines, entire verses or the subject matter itself. Here are just a few of our favourite songs which have been influenced by universally adored poetry.
1. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
While the title track from his 1970 album reflects Bowie's struggle with self-identity, the opening verse of the track is based on the opening verse of the 1899 poem Antigonish by Hugh Mearns, from his play The Psycho-ed. The poem is about a ghost that wanders a haunted house, which makes for a startlingly profound thematic comparison between the poem and Bowie's song.
Continue reading: Our Favourite Songs Inspired By The Words Of Poets [Playlist]
From Billie Eilish to Rammstein, this year has been an incredible one for music.From Billie Eilish to Rammstein, this year has been an incredible one for music.
We're ready to say goodbye to 2019 now that Christmas is over, but not without reflecting on what has been a wonderful year for the world of music. Whether your a pop lover or you prefer the rock world, whether rap is your life or dance is in your blood, this was a transformative year for sound. Here are the top 10 greatest albums of the last twelve months.
1. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best song: Bad Guy
Without doubt the most sonically extraordinary album of this year, 18-year-old Billie Eilish's debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' has united both pop lovers and alternative listeners thanks to its experimental yet infectious ethos. It's naive yet poignant, fun yet deeply unsettling with themes of bravado, drugs, love, climate change and heartbreak woven throughout the poetic lyrics. There's no-one quite like Billie.
You don't need cliches to be romantic.
As it's almost Valentine's Day, you'll be looking for that perfect romantic playlist to set a dinner date to, right? Well, instead of all the corny classics, why not opt for some of the most lyrically confusing yet beautiful love songs ever written? We've got you covered....
Supernova - Liz Phair
Weirdest lyric: "Your eyelashes sparkle like gilded grass / And your lips are sweet and slippery like a cherub's bare wet ass"
Continue reading: 10 Weirdly Romantic Songs For Valentine's Day [Playlist]
The latest music news rounded up, including Dave Grohl covering Nirvana, new Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave albums and a Noel Gallagher book.
Dave Grohl PERFORMS NIRVANA’S ‘IN BLOOM’
Since finding colossal fame on his own terms with Foo Fighters all those years ago, Dave Grohl very rarely breaks into his former band Nirvana’s catalogue.
However, this week he made an exception, taking to the drums for a guest spot alongside Trombone Shorty at Los Angeles’ Voodoo Threauxdown Festival for a rendition of ‘In Bloom’, the classic fourth single from Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
Cave and his long-time backing band are apparently in Los Angeles recording their 17th studio album.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are in the studio recording a new album.
Coming off the back of a period of heavy touring, which continued right into this summer, Cave and his backing band have headed straight into the studio in Los Angeles to commence work on a new album, which would be the band’s 17th.
Cave’s wife, Susie Bick, confirmed the development in her blog The Vampire’s Wife this week, and said that the collection could be described as “fever songs”, as they were written as the songwriter was battling a bout of flu recently.
Continue reading: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Recording New Album
Plans for an "oversized" statue of Cave riding a rearing horse, to be placed in his hometown of Warracknabeal, have been in various stages of completion since the Nineties.
Long standing rumours that a statue of rock icon Nick Cave will be erected in his Australian hometown look like they might be realised, according to latest reports.
Cave, the chief songwriter and leader of his long-running band The Bad Seeds and who has released 16 studio albums with them, was born in the small town of Warracknabeal, in the Australian state of Victoria, in September 1957, where he lived as a young child before moving to the slightly bigger town of Wangaratta.
As such, he’s by the far the most famous person to come from Warracknabeal, which has a population of under 3,000. Locals are now hopeful that a long-standing project to honour Cave by building a “larger than life” statue will at last come to fruition, after more than two decades in the planning.
Continue reading: Plans For Nick Cave Statue In Australian Hometown Edging Closer
Nick Cave Wednesday 22nd August 2012 The premiere of 'Lawless' at ArcLight Cinemas - Outside
Nick Cave Saturday 22nd March 2008 Nick Cave goes for lunch with his wife and children
Date of birth
22nd September, 1957
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