Nick Cave is the man behind Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. He’s a singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, screenwriter, director – he’s a complete artist. Also, he’s quite an interesting individual and there are so many things about him people don’t know. For example did you know that he’s a huge Jimi Hendrix fan? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds did a cover of Hey Joe, one of the most popular Jimi Hendrix songs ever and it sounds amazing! Here are 10 things you need to know about Nick Cave:
10. He’s a Huge Fan of Louis Wain
Louis Wain drew cats. And that’s pretty much all he did for a long time! He was schizophrenic and you could see it in his paintings. He started drawing them to entertain his dying wife, but in time he started making the cats more and more human and they ended up walking and wearing clothes. His paintings are pretty insane and bizarre and maybe that’s why our man loved him. Nick Cave even held an exhibition to showcase all of his Wain paintings.
9. He Adores His Wife Susie
Well, I know what you’re thinking, Many men love their wives, but read what he had to say about the first time he met Susie Bick, a model and his future wife: “The first time I saw Susie was at the Victoria and Albert Museum, well, she came walking in and all the things I had obsessed over for all the years, pictures of movie stars: Jenny Agutter in the billabong, Anita Ekberg in the fountain, Ally McGraw in her black tights, Barbara Eden and Elizabeth Montgomery and Abigail, Miss World Competitions, Greta Garbo and Jennifer Jones and Bolshoi ballerinas and Russian gymnasts, Botticelli and Francois Boucher’s The Birth of Venus, the young girls at the Wangaratta pool lying on the hot concrete, all the stuff heard and seen and read and felt, Caroline Jones dying in Elvis’ arms, Jackie O at the funeral, Tinker Bell trapped in the door, Bert Stern’s final Monroe photos, all the continual never ending drip feed of erotic data, the great and the small came together at that moment – collided in one great big crash bang and I was well lost to her. And that, as they say, was that.” How about that?!
8. The Henry Lee Video Was Improvised by the Two Artists
If you take a close look at the awesome video that is Henry Lee you will see that the entire video is made with only one shot. Nick Cave and PJ Harvey had an outline of what they were supposed to be doing in the video, but mainly they winged it! That is why the video is so intimate and lovely.
7. He’s a Novelist
Nick Cave has written and published two novels: And the Ass Saw the Angels and The Death of Bunny Munro. The latter is about the story of an alcoholic and middle aged salesman who’s also addicted to sex and nicotine and his road trip around Brighton. The book is good, not brilliant, unlike his music.
6. He Doesn’t Do Drugs or Alcohol… Anymore
Nick Cave did drugs in his youth, just like any self-respecting rock star, but nowadays he’s as sober as they come. He doesn’t even drink! He does smoke, so he’s not without an addiction. Maybe he’ll try and give that up for the sake of his health and voice, but I don’t think anyone except his wife will dare suggest that to him.
5. He’s Not Religious
Nick Cave had this to say about religion: “I’m not religious, and I’m not a Christian, but I do reserve the right to believe in the possibility of a god. It’s kind of defending the indefensible, though; I’m critical of what religions are becoming, the more destructive they’re becoming. But I think as an artist, particularly, it’s a necessary part of what I do, that there is some divine element going on within my songs.” He’s also said that he didn’t believe in a personal God but later he claimed he believed in God in spite of religion, not because of it.
4. He Wants to Erect a Statue of Himself
One of the funniest things you need to know about Nick Cave is that he once joked about how he wanted to erect a gold statue of himself in the town of Warracknabeal (his home town), but with Nick Cave you never know if he’s joking or not. He said that he would like the statue to be a representation of him “naked on a rearing horse. I have a modest loincloth on. It’s this rather wonderful homoerotic work of art”. His city response? They dared him to do it!
3. He’s Been Around for 20,000 Days
The music documentary/movie 20,000 Days on Earth premiers on the 20th of January at Sundance. It is a series of dialogues which showcase the artist’s ideas about the world. It’s not really a documentary, but it’s not really a movie either, it’s a blend, something that only Nick Cave could create. It’s really something you will need to watch if you want to attempt to understand what’s going on inside Mr. Cave’s head.
2. It Was Love at First Sight between Him and Blixa
Blixa Bargeld was a part of the Bad Seeds for 20 years (between 1983 and 2003). Nick Cave described when he first saw Blixa and it is a story to tell your children. Nick was in a hotel in Germany while touring with his first band The Birthday Party and he turned on the TV only to see this destroyed individual who made weird sounds that only come out of dying babies and strangled cats. I mean only the image he creates is enough to scar you for life. That’s why we love him!
1. He Goes to an Office Every Weekday
This is probably one of the most interesting Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Nick Cave wakes up in the morning, showers, puts on his suit, kisses his two children and his loving wife good bye and leaves the house to go to his office where he writes music. That’s something unheard of in the rock and roll world. The discipline this man has is quite inspiring. He’s been heard saying that he just can’t write music in his underwear, that it’s too demeaning. Now that’s something to write about!
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