I don’t know exactly why I’m not more of a Nick Cave fan than I have been. Until recently, I only had the “Murder Ballads” CD in the Record Cell, and even that was at my wife’s selection. It’s not as though I was not interested in Cave. I’d read interesting things about Cave’s earlier band, The Birthday Party in the early 80s. They seemed to be a band who were fusing the DNA of Bauhaus and The Cramps into a single, unholy band. In 1985 my friend Ron Kane sent me some videos of Cave and I was definitely intrigued. I heard certain of his earliest Bad Seeds recordings and they were always of interest. His version of “In The Ghetto” was absolutely wonderful, but then I was a sucker for Elvis’ rendition as well; it’s a brilliant song.
I caught and recorded any Cave + The Bad Seeds videos on 120 Minutes when I still watched MTV [sparingly]. In The Bad Seeds he had a band with Barry Adamson on bass, so that should have counted for something as well! But no. I never bought any music until some time in the 21st century when after watching the Nick Cave + Bad Seeds video album, my wife picked up “Murder Ballads” in some used bin in our travels. Some of it is so over the top [cf. “O’Malley’s Bar”] that I rarely spin the disc. My wife even questioned buying it. Cave had visited our city earlier, playing The Orange Peel [cap. 1100] in 2013 on the “Push The Sky Away” tour to my complete indifference, so I’m not sure why when the Bad Seeds dates were announced last October, that I made such a fuss about catching him this time in the 3000 seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, but I’m gratified that I did.
Maybe it was the fact that it was the only date in the US Southeast for the entire tour that pushed my hand, but push it, it certainly did. I can’t say I have ever bought tickets for anything that far in advance. My wife had brought home the “One More Time With Feeling” DVD and last month we watched it… twice. The music was powerful. As the show approached, I figured that maybe we should hear the “Skeleton Tree” album they were touring behind. We bought it and both of us really responded to it. So much so that my wife went to Harvest Records a bit later to purchase the copy of “Push The Sky Away” that I told her they also had there when she asked. So we’ve been really appreciating the current thrust of Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds lately. Given all of this, it was still insufficient to prepare us for the concert we saw last Wednesday night in our own city, for a change.
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