Two years into art school, Cave left and founded his band, The Boys Next Door, with childhood friend, Mick Harvey. The band, obsessed with death, religion, love and violence, evolved into The Birthday Party and moved to London in 1980, injecting wit and raw emotion into British rock. The Birthday Party moved on to Berlin in 1983 and spilt up, but the foundation of Harvey and Cave survived, and together they built the post-punk band the Bad Seeds. Cave's dark baritone continued to explore
gloom, and his musical arrangements moved between blues, gospel and rock. Their 1984 debut, From Her to Eternity, was followed by 1985's The Firstborn Is Dead. The Bad Seeds released two records in 1986. Cave met Viviane Carneiro and moved to Brazil and had a son. There he wrote the novel 'And the Ass Saw the Angel', the haunting story of a criminal attacked by a lynch mob. The book was well reviewed and translated into ten languages. The potency of love and sun in Brazil broke through in the melodious, even friendly tone of 'The Good Son' (1990). The band's seventh album, 'Henry's Dream' was released in 1992 and was supported with a full-scale world tour. In 1993, Cave returned to London. The release of their 10th album, 'Murder Ballads', three years later with guest appearances by PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan and Kylie Minogue was a commercial success. The album dealt exclusively with murder. Cave returned in 1997, with the introspective and personal 'The Boatman's Call'. He currently lives in London, where he co-owns a restaurant with members of INXS and Madness.
King Ink (1988)
And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989)
King Ink The second (1997)
The Pocket Canons: Books of the Bible (1998)
Complete Lyrics (2001)
The Complete Lyrics: 1978-2006 (2007)
The Death of Bunny Munro (2009)
1979 : Door, Door (by The Boys Next Door)
1981 : Prayers on Fire (by The Birthday Party)
1982 : Junkyard (by The Birthday Party)
1984 : From Her to Eternity
1985 : The Firstborn Is Dead
1986 : Kicking Against The Pricks
1986 : Your Funeral... My Trial
1988 : Tender Prey
1990 : The Good Son
1992 : Henry's Dream
1994 : Let Love In
1996 : Murder Ballads
1997 : The Boatman's Call
2001 : No More Shall We Part
2003 : Nocturama
2004 : Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
2007 : Grinderman
2008 : Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
2010 : Grinderman 2
And the Ass Saw the Angel, readings of the novel (1988), plus theatre score (1993) – text by Cave, music composed by Harvey and Ed Clayton-Jones
To Have and to Hold, soundtrack (1996) – composed with Harvey & Bargeld
Woyzeck, theatre score (2005) – composed with Warren Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl.)
The Proposition, soundtrack (2005) – composed with Ellis
Metamorphosis, theatre score (2006) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl.)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, soundtrack (2007) – composed with Ellis
The English Surgeon, soundtrack (2007) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl; only available on White Lunar; see below.)
The Girls of Phnom Penh, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl; only available on White Lunar; see below.)
The Death of Bunny Munro, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis
The Road, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis (Soundtrack released in 12 January 2010)
White Lunar, soundtrack compilation (2009) – composed with Ellis (2CDs. Disc one contains high lights from The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and The Road. Disc 2 contains work from The English Surgeon and The Girls of Phnom Penh, as well as four unreleased pieces "from the archives".
The Metamorphosis, (Forvandlingen- Norwegian national theatre) soundtrack (2012) –
People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.
I've always had an obligation to creation, above all.
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.
An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
1976 - 1977