The motivations behind writing this are twofold. First, as a PSA for those of you who have yet to subscribe to Nick Cave’s weekly email newsletter: The Red Hand Files. Second, to highlight the exceptional 1981 documentary film This Is Elvis — a film Cave references in issue #34. The context for its inclusion is in relation to Cave’s thoughts on the transformative power of music, and specifically how it relates to Presley near the end of his life.
Before 20,000 Days on Earth there was this. Produced by Bram van Splunteren, for Dutch television’s VPRO in 1987, Stranger In A Strange Land captures Nick Cave at pivotal point in the long arc of his career. Here, […]
It’s nothing new for Nick Cave to sound bummed out. Over his thirty-year career, the chief Bad Seed has groped his way around every dark corner he can find. Even at his hip-shakin’ freest–2008’s Dig, […]
( Sevens , a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There is no taxiing towards the sky here. It begins with the click of landing gear retracting, then […]
Last month AD revisited Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds first four albums: From Her to Eternity , The Firstborn is Dead , Kicking Against the Pricks , and Your Funeral…My Trial — all of which have just been reissued/remastered with extended liner notes, b-sides and unreleased tracks. In keeping with the era, below […]