Nick Cave Songs - 1988

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I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition was In)
Written by: Mickey Newbury
Officially released on: Die Haut's Headless Body In Topless Bar
Other artists' versions: Mickey Newbury; The First Edition; Jerry Lee Lewis; Supergrass; Kenny Rogers

Slowly Goes The Night
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey
Live performance history: Never played!!!

Sunday's Slave
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey
Live performance history: Never played!!!

Up Jumped The Devil
Written by: Cave, Harvey, Wolf, Bargeld, Wydler, Powers
Officially released on: Tender Prey
Live performance history: Never played

Watching Alice
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey
Other released version: The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD
Live performance history: It was a 15 year wait for the live debut in Berlin, 31/05/03. The 9 performances at the Nocturama tour remain the only ones.
Comment: Apparently this song was inspired by a 1983 novel by Patricia Roberts called... Tender Prey! (Thanks Kim Beissel).
City Of Refuge
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 28/11/87, Novellara, Italy
Last known live performance: 04/02/96, Perth or maybe 21/11/96, Buenos Aires
Live performance history: Played on nearly all shows from 1988 to 1990. Then back for most of 1994 and 1995, and during the 2004-2005 Abattoir Blues tour as regular encore. Nearly 170 performances in total. Once played in a Dutch 2 meter session on 25/4/90.
Other artists' versions: Blind Willy Johnson, Grant Lee Phillips, The Black League.
Comments: Inspired by a Blind Willy Johnson song of the same name. There are more titles which remind of the chorus, like You Better Run by Elvis Presley.

Sugar Sugar Sugar
Written by: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Officially released on: Tender Prey
First known live performance: 28/11/87, Novellara, Italy
Last known live performance: 25/06/89, Tokyo
Live performance history: Most of 1988 and 1989.

Mercy
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey
First known live performance: 29/09/88, Helsinki
Live performance history: Almost all shows in 1988 and 1989. then abandoned for 7 years, until it returned in the 1996 and 1997 sets.
Comments: This song is about John The Babtist.

New Morning/New Day
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Mercy Seat single and Tender Prey
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 23/02/88, Adelaide
Last known live performance: 21/11/96, Buenos Aires (but note the note below)
Live performance history: Very often used as closing song. Played on most shows in 1988 and 1989, and 1992 and 1993. there is a session performance from 12/08/92 "Morning Becomes Eclectic". At the 2004 Abattoir Blues tour, The Gospel Singers (without Nick Cave) sometimes sang New Morning as the very last song of the evening.
Covered by: My Morning Jacket, Susan Hedges.
Comments: First released as New Day. It is also the title of a Bob Dylan album. Erik Arendonk noted that the line "There'll be no sadness, no sorrow" may have been borrowed from "Peace In The Valley", which Johnny Cash sings on the Folsom Prison CD. In an interview, Nick says "New Morning arose out of the song Amazing Grace".

Deanna
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Tender Prey and as single
Other released versions:
  1. Acoustic January 1990 New York version on the free 12" with "The Good Son", also available on the rerelease called "Stripped".
  2. Live At The Paradiso, but this version is cut.
  3. Live Seeds version.
  4. The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
  5. The Abattoir Blues Tour CD
First known live performance: 12/7/88, London
Live performance history: Played live on all shows from the debut to 1993. Regularly played in 1994 and 1995, once in Buenos Aires in 1996, then back in 1998. After a few years' break, the song returned in all Bad Seeds shows from 2003 to 2009, and at solo quartet shows in 2006-2007. About 425 performances in total.
Video clip: directed by Mick Harvey!
Covered by: Astream.
Comments: In live and acoustic versions, parts of "Happy Day" were often sung - thus revealing the musical origins of this song.

The Mercy Seat
Written by: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Officially released on: Tender Prey and as single in 1988 and again in 2010.
Other released versions: No less than all these:
  1. The video mix
  2. Acoustic January 1990 New York version on the free 12" with "The Good Son", also available on the rerelease called "Stripped".
  3. 3/3/89 LA acoustic version in The Road To God Knows Where, also available on Mute promo albums.
  4. Another acoustic version on the Dutch CD 10 Jaar Twee Meter Sessies from the 14/3/90 VARA 2 meter radio session.
  5. Amsterdam June 92 version (in Live At The Paradiso video, and as b-side to I Had A Dream Joe).
  6. Live Seeds version.
  7. Sydney 1996 version on Ritual Habitual video.
  8. Another acoustic version on the CD The Carve-Up from the 11/5/98 XFM radio session.
  9. Another live version on Oceanclub Präsentiert Stummute Volksbühne Recordings.
  10. He Died With A Felafel In His Hand
  11. God Is In The House
  12. W Moich Ramionach
  13. The Black Sessions
  14. Live At The Wireless From The Vaults Vol. 1
  15. Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2008 release)
  16. Live At The Tate (recorded in 2003)
First known live performance: 12/7/88 London, Limelight
Live performance history: Since its debut it has been played on almost _ALL_ live concerts, including the solo quartet shows (that is in total about about 670 times). The first part of the 2008 Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! tour was an exception, but the mistake would soon be corrected. Very often it was either the opening song, or the closing song of the regular set. Throughout the years, the song has been played in acoustic sessions and solo concerts numerous times, including a special version from US TV (Night Music 28/1/90), and a spoken word version (London, Poetry Olympics, 7/7/96).
Video clip: Christoph Dreher
Other artists' versions: Comments: The centerpiece (or masterpiece, if you prefer) of Nick's career. Peter Kaboth has directed a 4 minute computer animated video clip titled "The Goner" to the music of "The Mercy Seat". This clip has been presented at international festivals and has won numerous awards.
Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Deanna 12"
Live performance history: Never played
I'm A Believer
Written by: Anita Lane, Nick Cave
Officially released on: Anita Lane's Dirty Sings EP.

Lost In Music
Written by: Edwards, Rogers
Officially released on: Anita Lane's Dirty Sings EP.
Other artists' versions: Sister Sledge
Comment: Nick plays organ on this one.
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