Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
About Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Formed in 1983 after the dissolution of post-punks The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are known for moody, orchestral rock music.
∙ The band’s 1984 debut single, a slow and dramatic cover of the Elvis Presley-popularized “In the Ghetto,” reached No. 1 on the UK’s Independent Singles chart.
∙ Their duet with Kylie Minogue—the melodramatic murder ballad “Where the Wild Roses Grow”—was a global Top 10 hit and won multiple ARIA Awards, including 1996 Single of the Year.
∙ In 2007, Cave was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors given to Australian musicians.
∙ Skeleton Tree, their 2016 landmark album of raw emotion and grief, earned widespread critical acclaim and a career-best No. 27 showing on the Billboard 200 chart.
∙ They were nominated for a Best Music Film Grammy Award for the 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling, which chronicled the making of Skeleton Tree.
∙ Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition—an art installation featuring Cave’s artwork, lyrics, and personal effects—opened in Copenhagen in 2020.
∙ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ songs have been covered by Johnny Cash (“The Mercy Seat”), Arctic Monkeys (“Red Right Hand”), and Metallica (“Loverman”).