Legendary Nick Cave: He suffered through school, then came the blow of life!

Legendary Nick Cave: He suffered through school, then came the blow of life!
Legendary Nick Cave: He suffered through school, then came the blow of life!

Although his fame is worldwide, in the Czech Republic this original creator has a completely extraordinary listener base, and since the beginning of the 90s he has been regularly seen on Czech stages. Australian composer, lyricist, singer and writer Nick Cave, now in his 65s, has been interested in literature and visual arts since he was a child.

Nicholas Edward Cave was born on September 22, 1957 in the small Australian town of Warracknabeal. He sang in the church choir from childhood, but later became an unmanageable “slut”. School was a pain for him, but he excelled in literature and art. Cave was also fascinated by punk, which corresponded with his views at the time. He therefore decided to found a band – The Boys Next Door; however, the home scene soon became tight for the wild self-taught.

After renaming themselves The Birthday Party and moving to London, they started from scratch. The musical expression of the young stormtroopers was probably only accepted by the underground on the local scene. But Cave was more interested in the environment of West Berlin, so far removed from the snobbish arrogance of London’s cream of the crop, that he eventually moved there. The changed band began to operate under the name Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and the famous era could begin. They released their debut album From Her To Eternity in 1984.

He released a total of 17 studio albums with The Bad Seeds: for example The Firstborn Is Dead (1985), The Good Son (1990), No More Shall We Part (2001), Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus (2004) or Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2008). So far, Ghosteen’s last studio album was released in 2019. The most commercially successful record is Murder Ballads (1996), which also includes the first real hit – the duet Where The Wild Roses Grow with pop singer Kylie Minogue.

In 2015, the singer suffered a tragic event when his fifteen-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff in the British seaside resort of Brighton, where the musician has lived since 1980, after experimenting with LSD. Cave’s “after” state of mind is reflected in the album Skeleton Tree (2016), which ranked high in the UK and US sales charts. The creation of the album was also accompanied by a raw black-and-white documentary called One More Time With Feeling, in which Cave copes with the loss of his life. This May, his eldest son Jethro, who made a living as an actor and model, died at the age of 31. In total, he had four sons with three wives.

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