“If This Is Heaven I’m Bailing Out: The Death Of The Birthday Party”

image1-4This is excellent – a LONG article on Nick Cave as Daniel Dylan Wray traces the story of the Birthday Party’s messy dissolution, and of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ phoenix-like emergence the following year. Including interviews with Mick Harvey, Flood, Jim Thirlwell, Barry Adamson, Nick Launey, Chris Bohn, Henry Rollins, Jessamy Calkin and Hugo Race.

During their brief and often revelatory existence, The Birthday Party consisted of Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Rowland S. Howard and Phill Calvert until 1982. While only active for five years, only three of which were outside of their home of Melbourne, Australia, the impact the band had during that time was seismic. The most common expression when speaking to those who saw the group live, and even from those who were in the group themselves, is a deep, windy intake of breath as they relate – with a flurry of adjectives and nonpareil comparisons – their memories.

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“Jangling Jack is Nick Cave’s anti-tourist murder comedy”

Nick+Cave+-+Let+Love+In+-+CD+ALBUM-515835I love or like 90% of Nick Cave’s output, but there are some howlers.  In my howler 10% is the track which is the subject of this article – ‘Jangling Jack’ from ‘Let Love In’.  Pants.  I read this article and listened to the track again.  Still pants.  YMMV.

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. This week, we’re picking our favorite less-popular songs from 1994.

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Pages of Ian Curtis’ notebooks to be published

61PheqlgzOL._SL1500_This could be an excellent book – lyrics and reproductions of previously unpublished pages of Ian Curtis’s notebooks.

Pre order / Buy it here (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/So-This-Permanence-Lyrics-Notebooks/dp/0571309550

A book containing Ian Curtis’ personal writings will be released through Faber & Faber this fall.  So This Is Permanence is a 304 page book featuring lyrics and reproductions of previously unpublished pages of Curtis’ notebooks along with a foreward by Deborah Curtis. From the listing:

“Edited by Jon Savage and with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, So This Is Permanence presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.

Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian’s notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.”

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Review of Nick Cave’s ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

20,000 Days On EarthA review of Nick Cave’s kind of bio – the film ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ – it sounds excellent.

You’re unlikely to have seen another music film like 20,000 Days on Earth. But when your subject matter is Nick Cave, would you really expect the conventional linear, birth-to- maturity unpicking of a life?

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Pictures and memories from the 1984 York Rock Festival, including full Sisters of Mercy set (70 mins, Youtube video)

gothsInteresting interview with one of the promoters of the 1984 York Festival, and I found an admittedly poor quality of the Sisters performance (in the sunshine!)

TODAY, we’re winding the clock back almost 30 years, thanks to some old pictures we recently unearthed in our library. The date is 22 September 1984, the venue is Knavesmire and the event is the York Rock Festival.

Former Evening Press journalist Tony Mallett was one of the co-promoters of the event, and agreed to share his memories.  Here’s what he remembers from the rock festival:

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“The Cure ditched the wallowing and tried to get laid”

lets go to bedIn May 1982 the Cure released ‘Pornography’, in November they released ‘Let’s go to Bed’.  Go figure (as our American colleagues would say).

The A.V. Club explores this phenomena.

By many accounts, the members of The Cure were in relatively terrible mental shape around 1982, which makes sense considering they sang about death and dying for three albums in a row that’d be the classic platters of misery Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography.

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“Being baptized by Nick Cave’s sweat in NYC”

sweaty cave

The rapture of being baptized in Nick Cave sweat is something you can’t fully explain verbally, but if you see this Aussie genius play in whatever project he may be involved with, you’ll have a truly intimate knowledge of the religious zeal in which he inspires in his disciples.

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