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Nick Cave is an internationally renowned musician from the [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} North East of Victoria]], Australia. He started out in Music/TheBirthdayParty, a rather weird PostPunk band who would become a big influence on {{Goth}} rock. In the middle of TheEighties went on to found Nick Cave and the Cavemen, who fairly quickly renamed themselves to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. In recent years he's formed a third band, Grinderman, [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent who very unusually for him]] play rather [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth straightforwards rock music]].

He is also the author of the novels ''And The Ass Saw The Angel'' and ''The Death Of Bunny Munro'', as well as the script for ''Film/TheProposition'', for which he and bandmate Warren Ellis (no, not ''that'' Creator/WarrenEllis) also composed the soundtrack. And he's occasionally acted, most notably in ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' (he appears as a musician, playing the folk song "UsefulNotes/JesseJames"), which he and Ellis again scored. The film version of ''Film/TheRoad'' was scored by him and Ellis, and directed by John Hillcoat, who also did ''Film/TheProposition''.

His songs range from gentle love songs, to angsty songs of pain, to full-on [[MurderBallad murder ballads]]; he wrote a whole album of the latter. He's also known for deeply held, though unconventional, religious views; his songs and novels are rife with Christian symbolism, though he denies in recent interviews that he believes in a personal or interventionist God (so...Deist, maybe? Post-theist?).

Compare Music/TomWaits, who has a somewhat similar style, and who is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Seeds#Volume_two confirmed]] to be an influence on Cave.

Albums with their own TV Tropes page:

* ''Music/LetLoveIn'' (1994)
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!!He provides examples of:

* AntiLoveSong: A number of songs by both The Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, including "Where the Wild Roses Grow," "Do You Love Me?" parts 1 and 2 and "UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper." The love songs on The Boatman's Call are a bit too stark and minimalist to be considered "silly" love songs and would easily qualify.
** One album of his, a recorded lecture titled "The Secret Life Of The Love Song", features him musing on how many alleged songs of love are actually songs of hate. He proceeds to illustrate a genuine lovesong he found among the dross of pop by playing Music/KylieMinogue's "Better The Devil You Know"; him, a piano, and a Stock-Aitken-Waterman pop ditty makes for a ''profoundly'' disturbing combination, since - for once - you pay attention to the lyrics.
* AxCrazy: From the Birthday Party there's the subject of "Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow)" who is a gun-happy sociopath bearing a crucifix. ''Murder Ballads'' by the Bad Seeds has at least ''six'' songs featuring outright homicidal maniacs. In particular [[spoiler: Lottie from "The Curse of Milhaven" is literally rabid with psychopathic murderous rage.]], as well as the protagonist of "Stagger Lee", who is not only a murderous psychopath, but also a sadistic rapist who [[DepravedBisexual doesn't discriminate based on gender]].
*** Surprisingly averted in "Jack The Ripper." In spite of its namesake, the song has nothing to do with the infamous murderer.
* BadassMustache / BadassBeard: With Grinderman came a mustache to the formerly clean-shaven Cave. Many of the members of Grinderman and a few of the Bad Seeds sport BadAss facial hair such as Warren Ellis' wild-man grizzly beard.
* BookEnds: ''Let Love In'' ends with a reprisal of the first song "Do You Love Me?". The former song describes an abusive relationship with a woman, the latter [[spoiler: [[FreudianExcuse the character's molestation as a child]]. ]]
* BlackWidow: In "Henry Lee" the titular character runs afoul of a rather jealous one.
* CallBack: The first song on the album ''Murder Ballads'', "Song of Joy" (About a man telling the story of how his wife and daughters were murdered by a serial killer) has two back to the previous album ''Let Love In''. The first is the speaker using the phrase "All things move towards their end", which is a phrase used similarly in the song "Do You Love Me?". Another during his description of the murder scene, where the killer has used blood to write the words "His RedRightHand" on the wall. This is cited as a reference to Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', but is also a reference to the song Red Right Hand.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Henry's Dream'', ''Murder Ballads'', ''Dig Lazarus Dig!!!'' and ''The Lyre of Orpheus''
* CorruptHick: A plethora of characters in "And The Ass Saw The Angel."
* DeadpanSnarker: In several interviews.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Lyre Of Orpheus. ''The well went down very deep/ Very deep went down the well.''
* DepravedBisexual: Stagger Lee.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus.'' The former CD was harder-edged and the latter was notably softer and more melancholy.
* DuetBonding: Led to his relationship with [[Music/PJHarvey Polly Jean Harvey]].[[note]]Granted, this was more a case of "filming-the-video-for-the-duet bonding" as their vocals were recorded continents apart and then spliced together for the final recording, but it still applies.[[/note]]
* EnfantTerrible: ''The Curse of Millhaven'', ''And The Ass Saw the Angel''
* EpicRocking: The 15-minute long "O'Malley's Bar."
** And the 14-minute "Babe, I'm On Fire."
** And the uncut 30-minute version of Music/LeonardCohen's "Tower Of Song."
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The album ''[[MurderBallad Murder Ballads]].''
* ForeheadOfDoom
* GothRock: They're a tricky aversion. The Bad Seed's music is gothic in terms of using imagery inspired by the time period of the "gothic revival" in America, due to Cave's fascination with American history, the old west and the deep south. The genre of gothic ''music'' was heavily influenced by both Music/TheBirthdayParty and the Bad Seeds even though they existed before the term "goth" had any foothold as a subculture. The result is that the Bad Seeds get incorrectly attached to the gothic rock genre along with bands that identify as "goth bands" in spite of the fact they literally ''do'' play what you would call "gothic revival-influenced rock."
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Cave once punched a thrown pint glass, breaking it, and kept on playing without any sign of pain. Of course, that did happen at the Hacienda.
* GriefSong: "A Box For Black Paul" which fans have speculated references the breakup of The '''B'''irthday '''P'''arty.
** Although not autobiographical ''Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?'' from The Boatman's Call is an extremely moving song about the death of a child.
* GutturalGrowler: Used on occasion. An example would be "Lovely Creature" off of ''Murder Ballads.''
* IconicOutfit: Nick's suit. Notably absent in the video for "More News From Nowhere"
* InTheStyleOf: Most notably his rather bizarre cover of LeonardCohen's ''Avalanche.''
** The Birthday Party is Nick & Friends putting their own twist on The Stooges.
* LetsDuet: Many, including PJ Harvey, Kylie Minogue, Blixa Bargeld, Shane [=MacGowan=] and Chris Bailey. Cave also sang with Alan Vega of Suicide during a special live performance of Grinderman; at another Grinderman show, he was joined by HenryRollins and [[DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]].
* LonelyPianoPiece: Cave's multiple stints of depression and drug use came out in the form of stripped down and sorrowful piano pieces, especially on ''The Boatman's Call'' and ''No More Shall We Part.''
* LooksLikeCesare: Did so in the Birthday Party and early Bad Seeds.
* LoveHurts: A frequent theme of his lyrics. He has stated that the topics of his songs are always about "Love, death or God."
* LyricalDissonance
* MagicMusic: The effects of "The Lyre of Orpheus"
* MoneySong: "Easy Money" off of ''Abbatoir Blues,'' although he certainly doesn't sound like he's running the Ritz in it.
* MultinationalTeam: The Bad Seeds have had Australian, American, Swiss, German and British personnel pass through their ranks over the years.
* MusicalAssassin: The carnage wrought in "The Lyre of Orpheus"
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Combines American folk music with gothic post-punk and, recently, blues-influenced rock and roll.
* NewSoundAlbum / [[SurprisinglyGentleSong Surprisingly Gentle Album]]: Happened thrice with the Bad Seeds. ''The Good Son'' was a [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks shockingly]] gentle follow-up to the intense ''Tender Prey.'' Then it happened again with both ''The Boatman's Call'' and ''No More Shall We Part'' following a year after the moody and dark ''Murder Ballads.'' ''The Boatman's Call'' was much better received than ''The Good Son,'' perhaps because it was less of a shock the second time to hear the Bad Seeds do an album full of sorrowful songs and LonelyPianoPiece tracks. Then it happened a ''third time'' with ''Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!'' sounding more like the rock & roll of Grinderman than anything else they'd done previously.
* OdeToIntoxication: The Birthday Party's own "Mutiny In Heaven" is a manic ode to heroin abuse. Several songs off of ''No More Shall We Part'' allude to Cave's time in detox such as "Oh My Lord."
* OmnicidalManiac: Lottie from "The Curse Of Millhaven" has shades of this: "All God's children, they all got to die."
* OverlyLongGag: The last chorus of "The Mercy Seat" repeats ''fourteen times'' before getting to the [[LyricSwap punchline]].
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "We Call Upon the Author" lists many of the horrible things that go on in our world, with the chorus of "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor We call upon the author to explain!]]". As God is the "author" of our reality...
* RapeAndRevenge: The subject of "Crow Jane."
* RecordProducer: The Bad Seeds tend to produce most of their own albums, but one producer in particular David Briggs stands out for Cave being so unhappy with how he produced ''Henry's Dream'' that the Bad Seeds recorded an entire live album featuring most of the same songs done their way just to compensate.
* RedRightHand: [[TropeNamers The trope is named after a song of his]].
* RevolvingDoorBand: Members have changed almost yearly, album-to-album. As of now only Cave is the remaining original member of their lineup when they recorded ''From Her To Eternity.''
* SharpDressedMan
* SillyLoveSongs: Unsurprisingly few as most songs about love by the Bad Seeds are actually AntiLoveSongs. "Love Letter" and "Babe, You Turn Me On" are a couple of the silly variety.
* SmokingIsCool
* SomethingBlues:
** ''Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus'' album.
** The Grinderman song "No Pussy Blues".
** ''Grinderman 2'' has "Bellringer Blues".
** "Higgs Boson Blues" on ''Push The Sky Away''.
* TheSomethingSong:
** "The Weeping Song," "The Ship Song," "The Train Song," "The Hammer Song," "The Witness Song,"
** The B-Side to "Loverman" is "The B-Side Song."
** He also covered a different "Hammer Song" by Alex Harvey.
* SopranoAndGravel: He's done duets with Music/PJHarvey (Henry Lee), Anita Lane (I love you... Nor Do I), and Music/KylieMinogue (Where the Wild Roses Grow).
** Inverted in his duets with [[Music/ThePogues Shane MacGowan]] and Chris Bailey.
* SpellingSong: "Loverman."
* TakeThatCritics: "Scum."
* ThisIsASong: "This is a weeping song, a song in which to weep."
* UnreliableNarrator: The subject of "Song Of Joy" off of ''Murder Ballads.''
* VillainSong / TheVillainSucksSong: In "Up Jumped The Devil" the narrator literally states "He was doomed to play the villain's part" as he describes his fleeing to Mexico from justice and the devil himself. Cave also covered "Mack The Knife" for a Kurt Weill tribute album, which is a classic case of the latter trope. Then there' "Stagger Lee" which is probably one of the most brutal songs ever written.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Cave and Music/HenryRollins. Rollins once related how he had learned of the first Grinderman gig while in Lebanon, flown directly to California to see it, and accosted Cave and the band backstage, telling them how he'd got there and that it had better be good. Cave's response according to Rollins was: "Henry, you're a fucking psychotic."
* WordSaladLyrics: To varying degrees.
** "Mama eat the pygmy, the pygmy eat the monkey, the monkey has a gift that he is sending back to you" from "Higgs Boson Blues" is a good recent example.

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