A post-punk, neo-gothic balladeer with an ardent following, Australian musician Nick Cave has also lent his distinctive presence to films as both a composer and performer. Raised in small town Wangaratta, Australia, Cave attended boarding school in Melbourne, where he met future collaborator Mick Harvey and formed a band that became the Birthday Party. After a couple of years in art school and a move to London, Cave and the Birthday Party left their incendiary mark on the second-generation punk scene before disbanding in 1983. Cave then settled in West Berlin following a brief sojourn in Los Angeles, teaming with Harvey and German musician Blixa Bargeld to form Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. As befitting a band named after a passage in the Bible, Cave’s songs evolved into intense narratives filled with love, violence, and Biblical portent accompanied by dramatically eclectic, blues-tinged sonic backdrops. Among the Bad Seeds’ admirers was German director Wim Wenders, who cast Cave and… read more
He and Warren Ellis' score for The Assassination Of Jesse James may be the finest to ever grace my ears.