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YMMV: Nick Cave
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Mercy Seat, a song considered by many to be Nick Cave’s magnum opus, 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: "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 what is about to happen to him?
  • Awesome Music: "The Mercy Seat", a very popular work by the The Bad Seeds, and with Nick Cave himself.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Stagger Lee", "The Curse of Millhaven" and "O'Malley's Bar" are so blatant about their respective narrator's enjoyment of murder that they cross over into Black Comedy.
  • Face of the Band: 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, J.G. Thirlwell 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.
  • Ho Yay with Blixa Bargeld: their duets of Where the Wild Roses Grow and The Weeping Song. Oh, and that time they made out on stage...
    • Nick. Mick. Banana.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: The pairing of Cave and Blixa Bargeld has been named Nixa by fans. RPF exists.
  • Tear Jerker: Some folks find Cave's work really pulls on their heartstrings.

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