‘MURDER BALLADS’ By NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Came Out 25 Years Ago Today

2 February 2021

Artist: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Album: MURDER BALLADS – 9th LP
Released: 2 February 1996 – 25 years ago today

AllMusic/Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record
Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted
his music, even when he wasn’t explicitly singing about the subject. He sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge-jazz.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume says: Agatha Christie translated to music.

Singles/clips: Where The Wild Roses Grow / Henry Lee

– WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW –
(With Kylie Minogue)

– HENRY LEE –
(With PJ Harvey)

Full album…

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5 Outstanding NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Albums

Turn Up The Volume’s 5 most played NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS albums.

1. LET LOVE IN – 8th LP – 1994

Pitchfork: “Cave’s love songs could easily turn into death songs, it was inevitable
that he’d devote an entire album to exploring that symbiotic relationship.”

Score: 8.5/10

Stream here…

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2. HENRY’S DREAM – 7th album – 1992

NME: “Primarily bloodied, fiercely energetic, vituperative music.
Henry’s Dream’digs deep into the ancient lore of the blues
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Score: 8/10

Stream here

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3. THE BOATMAN’S CALL – 10th LP – 1997

AllMusic: “This is a stunning and captivating piece of work. Beautiful
album of faith, hope, hopelessness, frustration and despair
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Score: 9/10

Stream here…

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4. DIG LAZARUS DIG!!! – 14th LP – 2008

Tiny Mix Tapes: “Rock, country, blues, and post-punk rhythms meld with Cave’s lyrics on
sex, death, God, and America to create what could be one of his most perfect albums yet.”

Score: 9/10

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5. PUSHING THE SKY AWAY – 15th LP – 2013

The Guardian: “Funeral-paced songs and stripped-down music that
calls to mind Leonard Cohen fronting James Blake minimalism.”

Score: 8/10

Stream here…

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Albums Turning 35 In 2021

– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES

Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.

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– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS

Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.

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– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER

Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level.
Score: 4/5.

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– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ

Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.

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– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.

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‘WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW’ By NICK CAVE And KYLIE MINOGUE Came Out 25 Years Ago…

Top singles from the past…

3 October 2020

Artists: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue
Single: Where The Wild Roses Grow
B-sides: The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane
and The Willow Garden

Released: 2 October 1995 – 25 years ago
Score: #11 in the UK and #2 in Australia
Album: Murder Ballads – Cave’s 9th LP

The murder duet

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‘The Ship Song’ By NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Released 30 Years Ago…

Top singles from the past…

12 March 2020

Band: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Single: The Ship Song
B-side: The Train Song
Released: 12 March 1990 – 30 years ago today
Album: The Good Son – sixth LP
Note: This most griping song was my wedding song
Score: Despite this brilliant song became one of his best and
most loved ones over the years it reached only #84 in the UK
and didn’t chart in the US but was picked by Australasian Performing
Right Association
as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time

Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history, baby
Every time you come around

Original clip

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‘Henry’s Dream’ By NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Released in 1992…

Old and new albums to make your day

3 January 2020

Artist: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Album: Henry’s Dream – their seventh LP
Released: 27 April 1992
Expect: High-quality songwriting, spellbinding vocals
and darksome stories about love, lust and death
Singles: Straight To You / I Had A Dream, Joe

– STRAIGHT TO YOU –

– I HAD A DREAM JOE –

Album in full…

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SOULFUL SUNDAY – Here’s NICK CAVE & And His BAD SEEDS With Heartbreaker ‘WAITING FOR YOU’…

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

Here’s ‘WAITING FOR YOU’ from the new double album Ghosteen by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS. It’s one of the most sorrowful, saddening and heart & soul-touching songs Cave ever wrote. It just brings me down to tears…

All through the night we drove and the wind caught her hair
And we parked on the beach in the cool evening air
Well, sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all
Your body is an anchor, never asked to be free
Just want to stay in the business of making you happy
Well I’m just waiting for you
Waiting for you, waiting for you
Waiting for you, waiting for you
Waiting for you
A priest runs through the chapel, all the calendars are turning
A Jesus freak on the street says He is returning
Well sometimes a little bit of faith can go a long, long way
Your soul is my anchor, never asked to be freed
Well sleep now, sleep now, take as long as you need
‘Cause I’m just waiting for you
Waiting for you, waiting for you
Waiting for you, waiting for you
Waiting for you
To return (x3)