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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P. Casey and keyboardist Conway Savage (all four from Australia), keyboard/percussionist Barry Adamson and guitarist George Vjestica (both from the United Kingdom), and drummers Thomas Wydler (Switzerland) and Jim Sclavunos (United States). The band has released fifteen studio albums and completed numerous international tours, and has been considered "one of the most original and celebrated bands of the post-punk and alternative rock eras in the '80s and onward".

The band was founded in 1983 following the demise of Cave and Harvey's former group the Birthday Party, the members of which met at a boarding school in Victoria. By the release of their fifth studio album Tender Prey in 1988, they shifted from post-punk towards an experimental alternative rock sound, later incorporating various influences throughout their career. For example, the 2008 album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and the side-project Grinderman were strongly influenced by garage rock. Synthesizers and minimal guitar work feature prominently on Push the Sky Away (2013), recorded after Harvey's departure from the band in 2009.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Midnight Man 2
2011 The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane 1
2013 Jubilee Street 1
2013 We No Who U R 1
2013 Animal X 4 1
2014 Give Us a Kiss 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 The Good Songs 1
1997 The Boatman's Call Australian Tour Nov/Dec 1997 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 The Love Ballads EP 1
2001 Independent on Sunday 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 iTunes Live: London Sessions 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Stripped 1
2008 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!: The Book 1
Murder Ballads Sampler 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus Interview CD 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 God Is in the House DVD Soundtrack 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992-08-12: KCRW Radio Session, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2001-03-30: KCRW Radio Session, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1

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