They were joined by Einstürzende Neubauten member Blixa Bargeld and Hugo Race, and former Magazine member Barry Adamson. With this line-up, the band recorded and released their debut album, From Her to Eternity (1984) which included a cover of Elvis Presley‘s In The Ghetto.
The group went through many personnel changes, with Cave and Harvey remaining the constants.
Henry’s Dream (1992), the band’s seventh album, was vibrant and melancholy, moving and mournful.
Although a morbidly enjoyable romp (especially the duet with Kylie Minogue on Where The Wild Roses Grow), 1996’s Murder Ballads was a holiday for Cave, and with The Boatman’s Call (1997) he returned to his searingly personal approach to making music.
The monochrome visage of Cave that adorned the cover let you know that this one was not going to be played for laughs, and he delivered with 12 beautifully crafted songs of heartache and doubt.
Widely feted as one of rock’s great break-up albums, The Boatman’s Call was said to have been inspired by Cave’s entanglement and subsequent split with P.J. Harvey – whom West Country Girl and Black Hair appear to be about. It’s the sound of a man’s heart breaking.
The Bad Seeds returned in the 21st century on the occasion of their 30th anniversary to release their 15th album, Push The Sky Away – their first LP not to feature co-founder Mick Harvey.
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