Nick Cave Songs - 1992

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Straight To You
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream, and as single
Live performance history: played less than 10 times in 1992. Re-appeared in the summer 1999 for the solo shows that year and in 2000 and in 2001, when it also reappeared as an encore in the Bad Seeds' set. Then the song was back in the 2008 and 2009 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! tours.
Video clip: directed by Anton Corbijn
Other artists' versions: The Good Sons, Howard New, Emm Gryner, have covered it.
Comments: The 1994 Nanni Jacobson 1 hour documentary was named after this song.

When I First Came To Town
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Live performance history: played only a handful of times in 1992.
Comments: title inspired by the traditional Katie Cruel.

John Finns' Wife
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released versions: Live Seeds
First known live performance: 2/5/92 Dublin (but probably the debut is 26/4/92 Norwich)
Last known live performance: 23/06/93 Haifa, or maybe 11/5/94 Frankfurt.
Live performance history: Regularly played on the first 1992 tours, but dropped after the US tour.

I Had A Dream, Joe
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released versions: 1992 live version on single (in numerous variations)
First known live performance: 26/4/92 Norwich
Last known live performance: 6/10/93, Dusseldorf
Live performance history: Played live in nearly all 1992 and 1993 shows; then dropped. Performed on David Letterman, 23/7/92.
Video clip: by John Hillcoat. This live video is of course an outtake from the Live At The Paradiso video.

Papa Won't Leave You, Henry
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 26/4/92 Norwich
Last known live performance: 11/4/95 Eilat, Israel
Live performance history: Opening song in 1992. Played on nearly all shows between 1992 and 1995. Re-appeared in the summer 1999 solo shows for the rest of the year and in 2000 and 2001, with a different melody. Then back in the Bad Seeds's set in 2001 and 2002 for the whole tours, and similarly in the 2008 and 2009 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! tours.
Covered by: C Hack.

The Loom Of The Land
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
First known live performance: Marseilles 5/6/94
Live performance history: Only played with the Bad Seeds in 1994 and 1995, and once in Buenos Aires in 1996. Re-appeared in the 1999 and 2001 solo shows. In later solo shows it was a rare encore. The Bad Seeds' played it again during the 2003 Nocturama tour.
Other artists' versions: The Walkabouts covered it on Satisfied Mind, and officially released 4 other versions played live!
Comments: thanks to a goodsoner we know that the line "the elms and the poplars are turning their backs" is taken from Nabokov's Lolita.

Christina The Astonishing
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released version: The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD
First known live performance: 2/5/92 Dublin (but probably the debut is 26/4/92 Norwich)
Live performance history: played by The Bad Seeds in 92-93, then 95-96 and 2003. Rare solo quarter performances in 2005 and 2007.
Comments: The text is an adapted version of the part on Christina in Butlers' Lives Of The Saints. The song is played in Peter Sempel's Jonas In The Desert, when Nick is seen bungy-jumping.
Covered by: The Cavemen.

Brother, My Cup Is Empty
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released versions: Live Seeds
First known live performance: 2/5/92 Dublin (but probably the debut is 26/4/92 Norwich)
Last known live performance: 21/11/96 Buenos Aires
Live performance history: Played on all nearly all shows in 1992, 1993 and early 1994. Then still regularly played up to 1996.
Cover versions: Ron Hawkins.

Jack The Ripper
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Henry's Dream
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 26/4/92 Norwich
Live performance history: Played numerous times between 1992 and 1996, and then only handful of times in 1997-1998. Acoustic version on 12/08/92 KCRW. Also played in many solo quartet shows from 2002 onwards. The last Bad Seeds version dates from the 2003 London show at Tate Britain.
Video clip: John Hillcoat, there exist two different versions. The "blood" version shows some knives and bloody scenes and such, edited in between the usual version.
Covered by: Helldorado, The Cavemen, Xiu Xiu.

What Can I Give You?
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: French "Jack The Ripper" CD-single promo
Comments: Too bad this is so rare. It is musically an early, and superior version of Faraway, So Close.
Blue Bird
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Straight To You single
Rainy Night In Soho
Written by: Shane MacGowan
Officially released on: What A Wonderful World single
Live performance history: Only on selected occasions: one Bad Seeds live performance on 10/12/92 Canberra, and further on 12/11/92, Later with Jools Holland, 05/09/97 Liss Ard, 04/10/97 The Great Hunger
Other artists' versions: The Pogues

What A Wonderful World
Written by: Weiss/Douglas
Officially released on: single
Other released versions: Lollapalooza version with The Flaming Lips on Loss Leaders Revisited.
First known live performance: 1/9/92 London
Live performance history: Just one with the Bad Seeds, also on 12/11/92, Later with Jools Holland and as guest singer with The Flaming Lips on the 1994 Lollapalooza tour.
Video clip: Angela Conway
Other artists' versions: Louis Armstrong, The Flaming Lips
God's Hotel
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Rare On Air
Live performance history: The Rare On Air recording comes from the only known performance on 12/08/92 KCRW
Other artists' versions: Paul Kelly
Freak's Mamma's Boy
Written by: Nick Cave, Tom Dicillo
Officially released on: Johnny Suede
Comments: Nick sings this song in the film, being a parody of himself. The lyrics are by the director Tom Dicillo.
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