This feature originally ran back in August 2012 and has since been updated.
Welcome to Dissected, where we disassemble a band’s catalog, a director’s filmography, or some other critical pop-culture collection in the abstract. It’s exact science by way of a few beers. This time, we sort through the best and worst of the Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, and occasional film actor.
A lot has changed in the world of Nick Cave since we first published this article way, way back in 2012. At the time, much of the Bad Seeds catalogue was being reissued, but it had been two years since the last Grinderman release, and four since the last Bad Seeds record. Cave’s long-time collaborator Mick Harvey had recently left the band, and it was unclear if the Bad Seeds would ever get back together.
In 2013, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds returned. With founding member Barry Adamson back in the fold for the first time in nearly 25 years, the band released their 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away. The following year was a busy one: the band toured the world, released their fourth live album (Live from KCRW), and a quasi-documentary surrounding the recording of the LP (20,000 Days on Earth). In early 2015, Cave published Sick Bag Song, an epic narrative poem documenting his experience touring North America in support of the comeback album.
Then, in July 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur passed away after falling off a cliff near the family home. The tragedy occurred between recording sessions for a new Bad Seeds album, which has since culminated in the release of the band’s 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, and its accompanying film, One More Time With Feeling, which documents the recording process and Cave’s own struggles with his son’s death.
In honor of the man, the myth, and the legend, we dissected his entire catalogue. Why? With over 20 albums under his belt, spanning over 35 years, it could be overwhelming to just jump into the man’s discography feet first. You can thank us later; in the meantime, enjoy experiencing the wild, weird, and wonderful world of Nick Cave.
Senior Staff Writer