MADNESS AS A TENANT
By: Maria Alessandra Scalise and Andrea Cangioli
ROMA, MAY 23RD, 1992
A conversation before a gig, the occasion is the release of Henry’s Dream and the Italian translation of King Ink.
M.A. I’ve read somewhere, that, speaking about And The Ass Saw The Angel, you said “Read it and forget who I am” or something like that. But in the book there are many things that appear in your lyrics as well, especially characters are obviously really yours…
A. Even their names, like Crow Jane and Jane Crow
M.A. Did you decide to write the novel because you needed more space to develop your characters? Did you feel that a song was no longer sufficient to express what you wanted to express?
N. It’s very difficult to say something in three verses. When you write a song you get three verses, four verses to say what you want. When you write a novel, you can really grab something by the throat and take it down, and descend with that, and go, and take it to its furthermost extreme, in a way… I mean… the book was conceived a long long time before a lot of these lyrics we are talking about ever were in my head, so what really happened was that I created in my head this mythical landscape in which Euchrid and the story operated and, because I was writing the book continuously, and I was quite obsessed with the book, many of the songs also came from the same mythical landscape.
Interview continues under page cut…
Here’s the most recent list of vintage Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds full concerts. (via RoyOh)
Nick Cave – Novellara 11/28/1987 [full show]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds playing live in Novellara, Italy at Ritz on November 28, 1987.
Drunk Nick! Unbelievable. A Nixa quarrel after Stranger than Kindness.
Nick Cave – Milan 05/24/1992 [full show]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds playing live in Milano, Italy at Rolling Stone on May 24, 1992.
GUEST WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY on Nick Cave and the Birthday Party at Mainstreet, 1983
Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour… VIEW ARTICLE
Jonathan Ganley is an Auckland photographer whose work has covered many subjects, notably New Zealand musicians. Visit Jon’s photo gallery: pointthatthing.com
Thank you, Jonathan, for publishing an expanded account of that night. Marvelous to read your comparison of Nick’s performance 30 years ago with Grinderman at Coachella.
Folks, I don’t have the Mainstreet show but I do have the bootleg audio from two nights later, May 5, 1983, when the band played Palmerston. Here’s an audio fix celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Birthday Party’s NZ tour. Enjoy!
The Birthday Party – May 5, 1983 – Palmerston North, Massey University, NZ
Lineup: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Tracey Pew, Des Hefner (replacing Mick Harvey)
Audio tracks are under the cut…
In case you missed it, scroll down for Valerie’s translation of Nick’s interview.
Nick Cave interview: Les inRockuptibles (Feb 2013)
Journalist: JD Beauvallet
Photographer: Benni Valsson
Your album is more crepuscular: the kind of album from a man who has calmed down…
A wise old man album? I don’t know how it happened (laugh)… I had no attention to make a quiet album, it just happened. It’s a very French album: it was recorded when we were full of French food, and local wines at La Fabrique studios, in Provence. The place really had an influence on the mood of the album, its atmosphere transported me… After a week of living together in this place, we sat down to listen to the first recordings and we couldn’t’ believe it: we had no musical direction when we arrived there, but clearly the place had decided for us. We had never made such a coherent album, with continuity in the lyrics and music. We had never given such an importance to silence.
There are celebrations in St Kilda tonight as the Port Phillip Council has voted unanimous in favour of the naming of a laneway after Rowland S Howard, the legendary guitarist of The Birthday Party, who died from liver cancer in 2009.
The laneway is between Eildon Road and Jackson Street in St Kilda. LINK
UPDATE – April 27, 2013 Watch video of Harry and Angela Howard on the RSH laneaway.
Tx to Deb for the submission!