* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: "The Mercy Seat" from "Tender Prey" is narrated by a convicted killer, a man who shares his last ruminations on God, life in death row, and his own fate with us before being sent to the electric chair. Throughout the song, the narrator insists both that he is innocent and that he is “not afraid to die”, but drops several hints (making references to his “kill hand” and his “devil blood”, for instance) that he might not be as blameless as he claims, and his lurid obsession with the chair also seems to hint that he is truly horrified by the thought of his execution. But what truly ratchets the ambiguity of the song up to new levels is the song’s final line, which sees the chorus’s original ending—“And I’m not afraid to die”—replaced with something else: [[spoiler:"But I’m afraid I told a lie." Which of the narrator's claims is the lie—his profession of innocence, or his insistence that he isn't scared of death? Is the narrator breaking down and confessing his guilt, or is he simply admitting that, for all his apparent bravado, he really is afraid of the chair? Is he a hard-bitten murderer grudgingly acknowledging his sins in the last moments of his life—or an innocent brought nearly to the point of madness by the thought of [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what is about to happen to him]]?]]
* AwesomeMusic: "The Mercy Seat", a very popular work by the The Bad Seeds, and with Nick Cave himself.
* CompleteMonster: Stagger Lee and Lottie from ''Music/MurderBallads''. See that page for more details.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: "Stagger Lee", "The Curse of Millhaven" and "O'Malley's Bar" from ''Music/MurderBallads'' are so blatant about their respective narrator's enjoyment of murder that they cross over into BlackComedy.
* FaceOfTheBand: Doesn't help that they're called "'''Nick Cave''' and the Bad Seeds" and that Cave is so charismatic that he steals all the attention anyway. Only music nerds tend to recognize that Rowland S. Howard, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey, Conway Savage, Music/JGThirlwell and other utterly brilliant musicians have been involved with Cave's projects over the years.
** Averted during The Birthday Party years when Cave was just the lead singer, although they never experienced anything remotely close to the fame the Bad Seeds have.
* HoYay with Blixa Bargeld: their duets of ''Where the Wild Roses Grow'' from ''Music/MurderBallads'' and ''The Weeping Song''. Oh, and that time they made out on stage...
** Nick. Mick. Banana.
** The music video of "Stagger Lee" from ''Music/MurderBallads'' is just as badass cool as it has homosexual undertones. We see Cave and his band members dancing and prancing around to the beat. The lyrics themselves also fall into this trope as Stagger commits adultery with a woman called Nellie Brown and boasts that if her husband, Billy Dilly, would enter: "I'll fuck Billy in his motherfucking ass!" When her man does indeed walk in on them Stagger tells him to get down on his knees and suck his dick, "because if you don't you're gonna be dead." After Billy does so, Stagger murders him anyway.
* HoYayShipping: The pairing of Cave and Blixa Bargeld has been named ''Nixa'' by fans. [[http://community.livejournal.com/ficcing_seeds/profile RPF]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/seedfics/profile exists]].
* TearJerker: Some folks find Cave's work really pulls on their heartstrings.
** The entirety of ''Skeleton Tree'', given that it [[CreatorBreakdown was written and recorded in the aftermath of his son's death]].