posted by deathbyshinies at 02:26pm on 03/04/2010
(Fuck off, it's my occasional LJ series, and I can post pictures of beautiful-Nick-circa-1987 rather than beardy present-day Nick if I want to!)
Born: Ballarat, VIC, 1957. Grew up in rural Victoria (Warracknabeal and Wangaratta) until his family moved to Melbourne when he was 14.
Left Australia: 1980, taking his then-band The Birthday Party to London, thence to West Berlin, and finally back and forth between the US, Brazil and the UK for most of the 80s and 90s.
Career went international: The Birthday Party acquired a following in the UK and Europe, and Cave's subsequent band, The Bad Seeds, has always had something of a cult reputation in the Goth world -- not sure how well-known he is outside Gothdom, though. Had a surprise hit in the mid-90s with Kylie Minogue (see future post in this series!) in which he bashed her head in with a rock. I have never been able to decide whether I approve of this or not.
Now lives: Brighton, UK.
Best known as: Nick-fucking-Cave. Also as the-singer-from-that-band-that-deathbyshinies-makes-everyone-dance-to-whether-they-
Assumed accents: USAmerican.
The question of Nick Cave's accent is an interesting one -- he's one of those people whose speaking voices and singing voices sound so radically different that it's difficult to tell how much is put on for the sake of assimilation and marketability. That said, he does certainly cultivate the US Southern Gothic thing on purpose, particularly with his awful present-day facial hair, and I do have a certain amount of forgiveness for people who've only ever heard him sing, and thus don't realise where he's from. Would international Gothdom take him seriously if he sang beautiful dark ballads in an anguished bass baritone and sounded like he came from Wangaratta? I guess we'll never know.
Bonus two-for-one clip: This is what Nick Cave sounds like both when he's singing and when he's not. It's also one of my favourite songs of all time.
(from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0-
If anyone wants further context, this too is what Nick Cave sounds like when he's not singing:
(from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=