Prayers on Fire (1981)
Personnel: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, and Phil Callvert. Also featuring Phillip Jackson, Mick Hauser (Mick Hunter), and Stephen Ewart, who provide additional horns on “Nick the Stripper”.
Average Track Length: 3:10
Craziest Line: It’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to just one line, but we’re going with the entire lyrical content of “Capers”, provided by Genevieve McGuckin. The song has a great catchphrase for any trip to the dentist: “Like my tooth face, like my out-do.” Have fun with that.
Most Used Words: “Up” 29 times, “Girl” 15 times, “Zoo” 14 times
The Album as a Literal Birthday Party: Somewhere in the late-teens, where you’re learning the more complicated tenets of aggression. There is no birthday cake here.
Ideal Listening Scenario: Definitely not on hallucinogens. Unless you’re a masochist.
One Sentence Verdict: A true Cave painting in its primordial nature.
–David Von Bader