Nick Cave / Where The Wolf Bane Blooms 1984 - 2008


1984 - 1992


1. In The Ghetto / Single A Side June 1984

2. From Her To Eternity / From Her To Eternity LP June 1984

3. Saint Huck / From Her To Eternity LP June 1984

4. Train Long Suffering / The Firstborn Is Dead LP June 1985

5. Tupelo / Single A Side July 1985

6. The Singer / Single A Side June 1986

7. Sleeping Annaleah / Kicking Against The Pricks LP August 1986

8. The Carny / Your Funeral My Trial LP November 1986

9. Your Funeral My Trial / Your Funeral My Trial LP November 1986

10. The Mercy Seat / Single A Side May 1988

11. Deanna / Tender Prey LP September 1988

12. City Of Refuge / Tender Prey LP September 1988

13. The Ship Song / Single A Side March 1990

14. The Weeping Song / The Good Son LP April 1990

15. The Hammer Song / The Good Son LP April 1990

16. Jack The Ripper / Single B Side March 1992

17. Straight To You / Henry’s Dream LP April 1992   


1994 - 2008


1. Do You Love Me? / Single A Side March 1994

2. Loverman / Let Love In LP April 1994

3. Red Right Hand / Single A Side October 1994

4. Stagger Lee / Murder Ballads LP February 1996

5. The Curse Of Millhaven / Murder Ballads LP February 1996

6. Into My Arms / Single A Side February 1997

7. People Ain’t No Good / The Boatman’s Call LP March 1997

8. Brompton Oratory / The Boatman’s Call LP March 1997

9. Love Letter / No More Shall We Part LP April 2001

10. He Wants You / Nocturama LP February 2003

11. Babe I’m On Fire / Single B Side June 2003

12. Nature Boy / Abattoir Blues LP September 2004

13. Abattoir Blues / Abattoir Blues LP September 2004

14. Breathless / The Lyre Of Orpheus LP September 2004

15. Supernaturally / The Lyre Of Orpheus LP September 2004

16. Dig Lazarus Dig / Dig Lazarus Dig LP March 2008

17. We Call Upon The Author / Dig Lazarus Dig LP March 2008


      Now a fifty something beacon for arty, ex post punkers, Nicholas Edward Cave has happily channeled a dozen different versions of the male psyche over the past 30 years. A highbrow front man who just happens to write novels and soundtracks, in his Australian homeland he is part of the mainstream while in Britain and America he remains something of a major cult hero. With his tailored suits, gold rings, and bad hombre moustache, he has become our most well dressed oddball, a modern day outlaw for those who can’t or won’t get up before sundown.

   For a while back in the eighties, it looked as though Ol’ Nick would become a darker, underground Vegas Elvis. The Bad Seeds, his merry band of musical mercenaries were once so suave and sure they were able to walk the line between boy horror and human truth at will as their master conjured tales to tell, metaphors to make and black humour to deliver, all based on the cinematic image of a stick thin preacher man in a Godforsaken swamp bound American town where hard-nosed women pushed crazy men to murder while the local congregation sang ironic chorus’s of ‘Jesus Wants You For A Sunbeam’. At his best Nick Cave made any ritual seem both unnatural and redemptive.  

   It couldn’t and didn’t last. As fascinating as all those American gothic scenarios were, like all of us, as age expanded his experience and horizons, the more his attention wandered. The killing spree ended magnificently on Murder Ballads, a masterpiece of death and destruction bearing not the slightest trace of irony or moral high ground, our hero crushing sweet Kylies head in with a rock on his one hit single. And that was about as lightweight as it got.

   The Boatman’s Call his tenth album in thirteen lucky years was an indication the times were a changin’. The melodies were lighter, commercial even, but still without compromise. A set of acoustic ruminations dominated by the spiritual aura of gospel, it was the first major step on a road that would lead to albums set in the mould of classic songwriting, the music’s sense of rolling calm belying a man trying to make sense of his own inner turmoil and continuing heroin habit, a legacy of his youthful suicidal wildness.

    There were one or two people I once knew, unlikely people at that, who kept their Nick Cave records close, believing them to contain all that is true about life and love like some magic elixir, the music, made from ancient folk song, hymn and grim self deprecating humour soothing while it agonised. As with Radiohead, Spiritualized, Bjork, Sigur Ros and the like, Nick Cave exists so far beyond modern pop culture that to explain has always been pointless. You really just have to hear his records and more than once too because they sure ain’t an easy ride, and no matter how much of an alien concept it may be these days, they will require a bit of effort to unlock the beauty hidden within.

January 2013