ARTIST: Nick Cave
TITLE: From Her to Eternity
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #40 UK, #1 UK Independent
SINGLES: None, but the deluxe version has In the Ghetto (#84 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He’s a cult artist, so either you’re in or out.
LINEUP: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Hugo Race, Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Cave’s first solo album is an acquired taste, like Cave, but it’s twistedly doomy brilliant in many respects
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Nick Cave’s initial notoriety came from his band The Birthday Party, which terrorized audiences in Australia and the UK for a few years and split up due to typical rock-and-roll reasons (drugs and hatred). He formed a backup band called The Bad Seeds, which included his former bandmate Harvey and Einstruzende Neubauten’s Bargeld.
Instead of the chaos of the Birthday Party, Cave’s first solo album is methodically doomy. Bargeld’s band gives Cave some inspiration in both sound, drumming and tone of the songs, yet the vision is all Cave himself. Reciting (singing kinda at times) lyrics over definite black mood music, Cave makes you pay attention to him.
This isn’t background music, nor is it music to snuggle with your honey. There is a sense of some hope amidst all of the clatter and vibes.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The name of his backing band comes from a Birthday Party song.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with “In the Ghetto” and other singles.
GRADE: B+: I have to be in a certain mood for this. Again, you either love it or hate it, but you can’t deny his genius or his ability to convey mood with lyrics and music.