Born in rural Victoria, Nick Cave made his mark on the Melbourne music scene in the early 1980s fronting the post-punk bands Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. When the latter band fell apart after relocating to Europe, Cave and fellow Melbourne musician Mick Harvey formed The Bad Seeds, who have since created a series of stunning albums. With a career-spanning box now in our library collection, we thought we'd put together a selection of the band's key albums, all available on the library catalogue.
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Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Probably the best place to start for newcomers to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, this compilation features 16 key tracks from the band's first 15 years. From the searing garage rock of “Deanna” to the beautiful balladry of “Into My Arms,” every song here is The Bad Seeds at their best.
From Her to Eternity
Released in 1984, the first Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album is exhilarating, with the twisted noise-blues guitars of Hugo Race and Blixa Bargeld matching Cave's manic vocals perfectly. The title track is a classic that remains in The Bad Seeds’ live sets to the present day.
Your Funeral My Trial
Recorded in Berlin, where the band was based at the time, ‘Your Funeral My Trial’ is a masterful collection of songs that sum up the sounds and styles that The Bad Seeds had explored on previous releases, while at the same time hinting at future directions. The album has a melancholy atmosphere and features several beautiful ballads, as well as album highlight “The Carney,” a nightmarish soundscape with Cave reciting a story about a scary circus troupe.
The Good Son
In the late ‘80s, Nick Cave relocated to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where The Bad Seeds recorded this set of reflective songs. With this album, Cave developed his talent for piano-based ballads, a genre he would explore extensively on later albums such as ‘The Boatman's Call.’ While a calmer album than the band's previous efforts, ‘The Good Son’ still boasts plenty of moments of fiery energy.
Push the Sky Away
By the time this album was made, guitarist and musical arranger Mick Harvey had left The Bad Seeds, while violinist Warren Ellis (from Melbourne band Dirty Three) was playing an increasingly important role in the band's sound. The songs are arranged with a spacey minimalism, creating an eerie atmosphere throughout the album.
20,000 Days On Earth
This unusual film combines documentary with fiction to present an imaginary day in the life of Nick Cave. Featuring live footage, interactions with famous friends and band mates, as well as reminiscence about key moments in Cave's past, it's a fascinating and often amusing look into the life of this prolific artist.
The Abattoir Blues Tour
A document of The Bad Seeds European tour following the release of their successful double album ‘Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus’, this DVD presents some of the best live footage ever captured of the band.
The Death of Bunny Munro
The most recent novel from Cave's prolific pen is about a twisted door-to-door salesman of beauty products. Featuring plenty of the writer's trademark mix of horror and humour, ‘Bunny Munro’ is an unforgettable page-turner.