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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 98 | volume XVII | September-October, 2014



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 98September-October, 2014
Sound Reviews

Nick Cave: First Four Encounters

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Mehmed Begić

Four encounters, more than four songs, only one Nicholas Edward Cave. This is not his story.

From Graffiti to Eternity

The first encounter took place in my hometown. His name was written on the wall of a building. I had no idea who Nick Cave was. I was just a kid but I did remember that name. It stayed etched in the back of my mind as a map for the future.

Jesus and Mary Chain, Lou Reed, Cure, Clash, Iggy Pop, Gang of Four… and Cave, they are the names from building façades, handwritten but the good ghosts of my childhood. At that time I was childishly obsessed with rockabilly tunes and Bruce Lee, I loved Elvis, Ðavoli from Split and Idoli from Belgrade.

Later, I discovered a connection. Unlike the majority who appreciated Elvis’ beginnings and his role in the early days of rock and roll, Nick Cave pointed out how he was always more fascinated by the latter part of the King’s career, the collapse in Las Vegas, loneliness at the top of the world, without real friends, with weaker heart rate, and the comfort of sedatives. According to the repertoire of the first London gigs, his new/old band Caveman performed the song In the Ghetto, one of the biggest hits from the beginning of the end of Elvis’ career. And his life.

Songs of Ship and Avalanche

Caveman, under that very name, lasted for six months. In eighty-four they released their first album From Her to Eternity, officially credited as featuring Nick Cave Bad Seeds and In the Ghetto is the eight track as well as the single from the same album. The album opens up with a darker version of an already dark Cohen’s song Avalanche, from his 1971 album Songs of Love and Hate.

My second Cave encounter could bear a code-name Ship Song. It was a part of my life dedicated to the search and shapes of bodies, bodies of strangers able to bring peace and put an end to the everlasting search in the minds of travelers. Beautifully naive thoughts, quite logical for certain days, quite impossible for some others. That was a time of poetic quests for the impossible, time of voices on the terrace of the big house in the suburbs, while Ship Song played on. And everyone was in love with everything, nothing was impossible and all troubles got erased

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