Nick Cave Songs - 1984

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The Moon Is In The Gutter
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: In The Ghetto 7" and From Her To Eternity CD
Live performance history: Never played live

In The Ghetto
Written by: Mac Davis
Officially released on: 7" and From Her To Eternity CD
Other released versions: Live At The Paradiso
First known live performance: 30/10/83 NYC, with Immaculate Consumptive
Last known live performance: 09/08/92 San Francisco
Live performance history: 84-85, 92
Video clip: directed by Evan English; two alternative clips from German radio (1984) also exist
Other artists' versions: Mac Davis (original); Elvis Presley
Comments: appears on several compilations albums. Was first played with the Immaculate Consumptive.

Wings Of Flies
Written by: Nick Cave, Sutcliffe, Thirlwell
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
Live performance history: Only played live during the early 1984 Australia Man or Myth 6 date tour.

Cabin Fever!
Written by: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
First known live performance: 10/04/84 Brixton
Last known live performance: 30/06/84 Atlanta
Live performance history: only 1984

Avalanche
Written by: Leonard Cohen
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
First live performance: 31/12/83, Melbourne
Last known live performance: 29/11/85, Melbourne
Live performance history: Played on almost all shows in 1984 and 1985, except for the fall 1984 tour. Later played in Dublin, 04/10/06 as part of the Came So Far From Beauty concert.
Other artists' versions: Leonard Cohen

Well Of Misery
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
Last known live performance: 22/10/85 Columbus, Ohio
Live performance history: All 1984 and 1985 shows, but abandoned after the 1985 USA tour.

A Box For Black Paul
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
First known live performance: probably 31/10/83 New York City, Immaculate Consumptive
Last known live performance: 28/11/87 Novellara, Italy
Live performance history: Opening song on most early 1984 shows, then one failed attempt in 1986, and an exclusive performance in 1987.
Comments: The initials of "Black Paul" correspond with those of "Birthday Party", and the song is said to be about the break-up of the band.
Saint Huck
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
Other released versions:
First live performance: 31/12/83, Melbourne
Live performance history: Played on all shows in 1984 and 1985. Then more incidentally between 1987 and 1989. Then it took 10 years until London, 17/6/99 before a next performance, and it was again played in 2001 and 2002 as a regular encore. Also played on The Bad Seeds' John Peel session.
Cover versions: Polish artists on 14/3/99 in Wroclaw.

From Her To Eternity
Written by: Cave, Lane, Bargeld, Race, Adamson, Harvey
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
Other released versions:
Live performance history: In 1984, from 86-96, and in 98. Then the song disappeared from the standard list, only to re-appear in 2003, and twice in 2009. It was often used as opening song during 88-89. Over 400 live performances in total. Also played on The Bad Seeds' John Peel session and at the Kinofest session on 13/6/87. Also played at the 24/05/98 "Talk Music" session.
Comments: The song appears in Wings of Desire, and is used in the 1990 film "The Freshman".

The Six Strings That Drew Blood
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tupelo 7", The Firstborn Is Dead CD
Live performance history: never played
Comments: Different from The Birthday Party song with the same title

Black Crow King
Written by: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead
First known live performance: 31/10/84, Torino
Last known live performance: 22/11/85, Melbourne
Live performance history: Late 1984 and 1985. Also played in the 19/06/85 Wilde Wereld session
Comments: Late 1984 live versions are uptempo!

Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
Written by: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead
First known live performance: 05/11/84, Napoli
Last known live performance: 26/11/85, Adelaide
Live performance history: Late 1984 and 1985.

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Written by: Cave, Adamson, Bargeld, Harvey
Officially released on: From Her To Eternity
First known live performance: 31/10/84, Torino
Last known live performance: 11/12/86, Munich
Live performance history: An early version appears as Blind Boy Willie in the 27/06/84 Columbus video. Played often as opening song in late 1984 and 1985. One 1986 performance, then dropped.
Comments: Nick played guitar on late 84 live versions of this song. An extended version is printed in King Ink. Nick has read that version in public a couple of times in 1984.
The song appears in the film Jonas In The Desert.
Knocking On Joe
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead
Other released versions: Incomplete version in The Road To God Knows Where
First known live performance: 31/10/84, Torino
Last known live performance: 14/07/90, Tokyo
Live performance history: Played on most shows from late 1984 until May 1990! Nearly 150 performances.
Other artists' versions: covered by Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie
Comments: late 84 live versions were uptempo!

Wanted Man
Written by: Bob Dylan, Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead
First known live performance: 16/04/85, Edinburgh (or maybe Madrid 24/11/84)
Live performance history: Played live on most 1985 shows, and a handful of 1986 shows. Incidental Bad Seeds performances in 1987, 1989, 1994 (with Jeffrey Lee Pierce) and, after a long pause, in 2008. Played with The Dirty Three on 10/01/95 in Sydney. Also played as rare encore in the 2006 solo quartet concerts.
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash most notably
Comments: Dylan's approval for adapting the lyrics caused the delay in releasing The Firstborn Is Dead.

Train Long Suffering
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead
First known live performance: 31/10/84, Torino
Last known live performance: 02/07/89, Werchter
Live performance history: Played on nearly all shows from late 1984 to 1987 and in 1989. More rarely in 1988.

Tupelo
Written by: Cave, Harvey, Adamson
Officially released on: The Firstborn Is Dead; 7"
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 20/11/84 Athens, Greece
Live performance history: Played in the years 84-85, 90-94, 98-99, 2003, 2005, 2008 and in 2009 as opening song during the summer tour. Also played on all solo quartet concerts from 2005 to 2009. It has never been forgotten for a long time. Opening song on Live Seeds tour (fall 1993). Played with The Dirty Three on a few occasions in 1995.
Video clip: by Christoph Dreher
Covered by: Sikth.
Comments: Inspired by John Lee Hooker's song Tupelo. Elvis was born there, but you probably knew that.

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