Nick Cave Songs - 1985

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Vixo
Written by: Annie Hogan and Nick Cave
Officially released on: Annie Hogan plays Kickabye EP
Live performance history: Played on the first "Man or Myth" show, 31/12/83, Melbourne, in an uptempo version. It may also have been played on other dates of that 6 date tour.

Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
Written by: Trad. Arr. The Alabama Singers
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Live performance history: never played
Other artists' versions: Famous Blue Jay Singers Of Birmingham Alabama, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Pilgrim Travellers, etc...

Sleeping Annaleah
Written by: Newbury, Folger
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Live performance history: never played
Other artists' versions: Mickey Newbury, Tom Jones, The Box Tops
Comments: The other versions are called Weeping Annaleah.
Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
Written by: Greenaway, Cooke
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Live performance history: never played
Other artists' versions: Gene Pitney, Marc Almond

Long Black Veil
Written by: D. Dill, M. Wilkin
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Live performance history: Never played in regular shows, but performed in the 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records gig.
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzel, Burl Ives, The Band, The Walkabouts etc...

Running Scared
Written by: Roy Orbison, Melson
Officially released on: first as b-side to the Singer single, later on the Kicking Against The PricksCD
Other released version: Live version with The Dirty Three on SharksCD-single.
Live performance history: Never with the Bad Seeds, but played live thrice with the Dirty Three in 1995.
Other artists' versions: Roy Orbison
Comments: Note that in Roy Orbison's version, the last line is different: "and walked away with me", which Nick changed to "and walked right out on me".

Black Betty
Written by: Leadbelly
Officially released on: first as b-side to the Singer single, later on the Kicking Against The Pricks CD
First known performance: The 23/10/85 Toronto soundcheck.
Live performance history: A song that keeps re-appearing in the set: November 85, November 87, incidentally in 88, most of later 89 and nearly all of 90, incidentally in all years since then... very often as an encore.
Other artists' versions: Leadbelly (definately the version that inspired Nick), Odetta, Ram Jam :-)

Muddy Water
Written by: P. Rosenthal, not J. Bundrick as it says on Kicking
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
First known live performance: 22/11/85, Melbourne
Last known live performance: 05/05/89, Athens
Live performance history: Only about 10 performances, scattered throughout the years 1985-1989.
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash, The Seldom Scene

All Tomorrow's Parties
Written by: Lou Reed
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
First known live performance: 22/11/85, Melbourne
Last known live performance: 14/07/90, Tokyo
Live performance history: From November 1985 until 1987, it was played a lot. Then some 1989 and one 1990 performance.
Other artists' versions: The Velvet Underground

I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
Written by: John Lee Hooker
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
First known live performance: 22/11/85, Melbourne
Live performance history: About 150 performances between 1986 and 1990, plus 1993. Opening song on most of 1986 and some other occasions.
Other artists' versions: John Lee Hooker

The Singer
Written by: Cash/Daniels
Officially released on: as single and on Kicking Against The Pricks
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (end only)
First known live performance: 26/09/86, Bochum
Live performance history: Played on almost all shows from 1986 to 1989. Rarely in 1990, and maybe once in Buenos Aires in 1996. Then the song was back in The Bad Seeds' set in 2003 and also played in solo shows in the years 2003-2005. A session performance at the Kinofest gig on 13/6/87.
Video clip: Christophe Dreher
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Burl Ives
Comments: Usually known as The Folksinger. There's a minor difference between the single version and the album version: the word "fucking" is edited out. On 14/11/86, a studio playback version was done on UK Channel 4's "The Tube".

The Carnival Is Over
Written by: T. Springfield, F. Farian
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
First known live performance:
Last known live performance: 05/10/90, Los Angeles
Live performance history:
Closing song on most 1986 shows, and played almost 50 times as the closing song of the regular set in 1990.
Other artists' versions: The Seekers
Comments: Based on a Russian song called Steka Rasin, of which there is a version by the Schwarzmeer Kosaken Chor.

By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Written by: J. Webb
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
First known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Last known live performance: 13/05/90, Coesfeld
Live performance history: Most of 1987 to 1989, mostly as song number 12: the last song before the encores. Dropped after the first 1990 show.
Other artists' versions: Glenn Campbell, Johnny Rivers, Burl Ives, Isaac Hayes, Frank Sinatra, etc.
Comments: 1988 and 1989 have a long spoken intro with words by Nick called "Getting To Phoenix".
Hey Joe
Written by: W. Roberts
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
First known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Last known concert performance: 10/02/89, New York
Live performance history: Regularly played (often as opening song) from August 1987 until July 1988. A few times after that. Surprisingly, Nick and Mick decided to play this song on US TV in January 1990 in the Night Music show. Nick sang this song with Tim Rose at a Tim Rose concert in London on 15/10/96.
Other artists' versions: Numerous people, but Nick's version is inspired by Tim Rose's version, and the first band that recorded the song are The Leaves.

The Hammer Song
Written by: Alex Harvey
Officially released on: Kicking Against The Pricks
Live performance history: Played only once or twice! Thy played it in Dublin, 2/5/90, and I think also in Glasgow 4 days later.
Other artists' versions: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Comments: Of course, Nick later used this title for a song of his own.

500 Miles
Written by: Bare/H.West/Williams/trad.
Officially released on: released on some bootlegs, but never officially released.
First known live performance: 08/02/87, Ljubljana
Last known live performance: 02/07/89, Werchter
Live performance history: Played at the Wien, 10/5/87 soundcheck. Played in concert once in 1987, and about 10 times in 1989. Also played on the 03/03/89 Snap radio session.
Other artists' versions: The Seekers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan
Comments: This is another Kicking outtake. The outtake version is on the Murderous Ends, Collaborative Odds bootleg.

Did You Hear About Jerry?
Written by: Harry Belafonte
First known live performance: 22/11/85, Melbourne
Last known live performance: 29/11/85, Melbourne
Live performance history: Just four November 1985 performances.
Other artists' versions: Harry Belafonte
Comments: Considered for inclusion on Kicking... there exists an outtake version.

Knocking On Heaven's Door
Written by: Bob Dylan
First known live performance: 31/10/84, Torino
Last known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Live performance history: Played in the Fall 84 European tour, and on some 85 shows, mostly as closing song.
Other artists' versions: Bob Dylan, and a million others.

Rye Whiskey
Written by: traditional
Officially released on: flexi single with Reflex magazine
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
First known live performance: 26/11/85, Adelaide
Last known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Live performance history: One other 85 performance besides the two perfomances mentioned above.
Other artists' versions: Tex Ritter

Bull Rider
Written by: Rodney Crowell
Officially released on: 1985 Offair video, an incomplete soundcheck version of this song opens that item.
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash
Comments: A Kicking outtake version also circulates. It's a nice version close to, but slightly inferior to the Johnny Cash version from the album "SILVER" which also features the Phil Rosenthal song "Muddy Waters" (thanks Kim Beissel - of course :-).

Cindy
Written by: Traditional, aka "I Wish I were An Apple"
Officially released on: Cash Unearthed, duet with Johnny Cash released in 2006.
First known live performance: 23/11/85, Melbourne, acapella version
Last known live performance: 5/10/90 Los Angeles
Live performance history: Played once in 1985, then there is a soundcheck performance from Wien, 10/5/87 where Nick accompanies himself on the guitar. Finally, as one of the songs in the encore, Cindy was played in a large part of the 1990 tours. Also performed on BBC TV's Late Show in that year.
Other artists' versions: Ed Kuepper, Elvis Presley

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