Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
After stints in The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party, Nick Cave formed The Bad Seeds in '83.
Throughout his career, Cave had published works, composed film scores, contributed to soundtracks and had the occasional acting gig. But Alt. Rockers Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds provided the eclectic performer with his highest profile.
Aside from Cave, the London based group's original incarnation included multi-instrumentalist and former Birthday Party bandmate Mick Harvey, who later made significant contributions to PJ Harvey's albums, and guitarist Blixa Bargeld.
Early material — "From Her To Eternity ('84), "The Firstborn Is Dead" ('85), "Your Funeral... My Trial" ('86) and "Tender Prey" ('88) — were primarily Post-Punk excursions that built a significant cult following.
Though '96 effort "Murder Ballads" revolved around the around the subject of homicide, it became Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds best-selling album to date. There were a couple reasons for this. First, there was a duet with PJ Harvey, with whom Cave had a brief relationship, for a cover of the Folk song "Henry Lee."
Another duet, this one with Australian pop idol Kylie Minogue, "Where The Wild Roses Grow," had a far greater impact becoming a U.K. hit.
Following the tour for "The Boatman's Call" Cave took a break to rehabilitate from his 20 years of heroin and alcohol abuse.
For "Original Seeds: Songs That Inspired Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds" they covered Tim Rose ("Long Time Man"), Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps ("Cat Man") and Johnny Cash ("The Folk Singer"), among others. The set landed in '98 and was followed by a "Best Of" album. Volume 2 of "Original Seeds" didn't arrive until '04.
"No More Shall We Part," a decidedly low-key effort with guest appearances by Kate and Anna McGarrigle garnered generally good reviews but '03's "Nocturama," an attempt at recapturing the group's former sound, fell short. Compounding the situation, Bargeld left the band after 20 years.
The two-disc set "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus" was originally conceived as two separate albums. The songs vaulted from aggressive Rock to lush ballads.
At this point, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds included Cave, guitarist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P. Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos. The quartet formed the Grinderman, the name taken from the Memphis Slim song, "Grinder Man Blues." They played Garage Rock that had striking resemblance to The Bad Seeds.
Grinderman's self-titled debut album arrived in '07 with "2" coming three years later.
But before Grinderman's sophomore set, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds reconvened for their 14th studio album, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!" The '08 set continued Grinderman's Garage Rock. That was followed, five years later, by "Push The Sky Away."
1984 From Her To Eternity
1985 The Firstborn Is Dead
1986 Kicking Against the Pricks
1986 Your Funeral... My Trial
1988 Tender Prey (1988)
1990 The Good Son
1992 Henry's Dream
1994 Let Love In
1996 Murder Ballads
1997 The Boatman's Call
2001 No More Shall We Part
2004 Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2CD)
2008 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
2013 Push The Sky Away
Nick Cave (without The Bad Seeds) Studio Albums:
1979 Door, Door (The Boys Next Door)
1980 The Birthday Party (The Boys Next Door)
1981 Prayers On Fire (The Birthday Party)
1982 Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
2007 Grinderman (Grinderman)
2010 Grinderman 2 (Grinderman)