Fresh Batch of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Reissues Released

For the past 38 years, Nick Cave has been one of the most profilic artists in the game. From the Birthday Party to the Bad Seeds to screenplays and Grinderman, it seems like he has the ability to develop a cult following no matter where he goes. His novel-esque songs show the seedy sides of culture and seem to harness human emotion in it’s rawest, but truest form and are why he is still making relevant stuff today, even when he is into his 50’s. While the Bad Seeds are spliting up time recording their new album and touring with Grinderman, much of their back catalog is currently being reissued. While the classic albums like From Her to Eternity and the heroin inspired Your Funeral, My Trail have been made available recently, today marks the release of 4 new reissues.

The releases include 1994’s Let Love In, 1996’s Murder Ballads, 1997’s The Boatman’s Call and 2001’s No More Shall We Part. Let Love In carries one of their signature tunes “Red Right Hand,” which snuck into my generation’s pop culture in the unlikely form of a Jim Carrey movie (it’s played when Carrey’s character Lloyd leaves all of his belongings to an old lady in front of the shop who steals them from him shortly after). It’s an awesome album that blurs the lines between love and lust. Murder Ballads is another cool album that’s production had an impact on Nick: he met PJ Harvey. The two carried on an affair that ended and gave yield to the Bad Seeds next album The Boatman’s Call. A piano driven and significantly more depressing (hey, who wouldn’t be if Polly Jean dumped ya?), the album marked not only the departure of the band’s traditional sound, but the departure of two additional things from Cave’s life: heroin and alcohol. The break after that album lead to the comeback, but not well received No More Shall We Part. It’s not that it’s a bad album necessarily, but it is Nick trying to get back to doing what he does best. And everyone who’s ever gotten off hard drugs knows how hard it is to rebuild after that.

Overall, I’d say the first 3 albums mentioned are worth owning. The last sets the stage for Cave’s glorious comeback (the next 3 albums to be reissued). The words “accomplished discography” seem nulling at some points. It makes it seem like every album an artist produces is worth time, even just the adequate releases. However, Cave and co prove something else. If you listen to their back catalog, you can see the changes. The arrangements are different, the sound is different, and the attitudes are different. What hasn’t changed is the heart of the band. Cave has found ways to make his music challenging, relevant, but most importantly, true. It’s not an easy sound to get into, but once you do, you appreciate it and see the true genius behind it.

Anyways, the latest batch of reissued albums are out now. Pick up one or two of them if you can (and send me one if you can as well). Cave is still touring with Grinderman, but since he’s promised a new Bad Seeds album soon and the band is known for recording albums in just a few days, we could see a new Bad Seeds album by the end of the year or even the earlier beginnings of the next. Stoked. Check out a few of the band’s singles below.

Red Right Hand

Henry Lee

(Are You) the One I’ve Been Waiting For?

and as a preview for where things are going: Dig Lazerus Dig!

5 Responses to “Fresh Batch of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Reissues Released”
  1. crankypants says:

    A lot of people know Red Right Hand from one of the Scream movies too, I think.

    No More Shall we Part is one of my favorites. I may be in the minority liking that one BY FAR over The Boatman’s Call. My history w/NC is spotty, I had some of his albums in the 90s (including The Boatman’s Call & Murder Ballads, plus Henry’s Dream and The Good Son) but never really followed him till I fell in love with Grinderman’s first and Dig Lazarus Dig in 2008, then I went back and started buying others, and NMSWP is probably my favorite. Let Love In is up there too, as is Dig.

    • Jordan Canio says:

      I’m almost in the exact same boat. I got into Cave after Grinderman and Dig Lazerus Dig and went back explored what else he’s done (it’s amazing to see how much he’s evolved). I’ve only heard a couple of songs off of No More Shall We Part and I remember not being too caught up in it. It’s not that it’s bad, but I can’t find something that would keep me coming back. My personal albums of the Bad Seeds are Let Love In, Dig Lazerus Dig, Abattior Blues and Your Funeral…My Trail.

      • crankypants says:

        The piano and Warren Ellis on violin are incredible on No More, it’s haunting and intense. And then there is the video for Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
        (guilty pleasure I just love it) And then there is the Sarah Palinesque God Is In The House. And the McGarrigle sisters, esp on Hallelujah….I encourage you to listen to this album on repeat a few times. And if you don’t like it, at least you can laugh at how “Sweetheart Come” sounds like sweet, hot…well, you know (in the DVD he stops the M sisters and actually tells them that but it sounds more like it when he says it)

      • Jordan Canio says:

        yeah, that song is pretty cool. I don’t know. That album has a few songs that I can get into, but I can’t get into the full thing. I don’t know if you’re an Oasis fan, but it’s the Heathen Chemistry of Nick Cave’s discography. Like Noel Gallagher, he was breaking in the band and getting a few songs solid, but the rest on that album feel flat. It was his adjustment album. He was getting comfortable after a big hiatus (for him at least) and just warming up. I think that because Abattoir Blues and Grinderman show a huge progression in songwriting and experiment than No More Shall We Part.

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