Today’s ‘Fix’: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds from their first American tour in 1984. The video footage is from Perkins Palace, Pasadena, CA, where the band played on June 22, 1984. Low angle camera view enhances the chaotic action. Outstanding piece of Bad Seeds history.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: From Her to Eternity Pasadena, CA, 1984-06-24
LOOK UNDER PAGE CUT for video, setlist, + chronology, trivia, etc.
Line-up:Nick Cave (v), Blixa Bargeld (g), Mick Harvey (d), Barry Adamson (b), Hugo Race (k,g)
Setlist: A Box For Black Paul, From Her To Eternity, I Put A Spell On You, Mutiny In Heaven, Well Of Misery, Saint Huck, Avalanche, In The Ghetto.
1984 Chronology – Trivia
March 1984 London, Trident Studios: ‘From Her to Eternity’ recording sessions [Session notes will follow in the comments.]
3 March 1984 Einstürzende Neubauten play Perkins Palace, Pasadena, CA. Henry Rollins attends the show – this is where he first meets Blixa. EN set the stage on fire, just as they did the previous night, at L.A.’s Batcave. For a bit of thrill and chills, here is a live version of Haus der Lüge. The end portion was recorded live, at the Batcave, 2 March 1984. From EN’s Strategies Against Architechture II compilation album. (*Tx to David Sheridan/Greg Fasolino/Ira Robbins @TrouserPress)
***AUDIO UPLOAD PENDING***
7 Jun 1984 The night before Blixa goes on tour with the Bad Seeds, Einsturzende Neubauten are in Berlin filming the ‘Trinklied‘ video, which must be seen to be appreciated (drunk jabbering Germans). 😉
23 Jun 1984 Long Beach, Zed records
The next day, on 23rd June, the band were due for an in-store signing at Long Beach’s Zed records. Henry Rollins claims he offered to ‘baby sit’ the band and drive them to the signing event. According to Rollins, when he walked into the hotel room, he found Nick and Blixa completely naked and passed out cold, with girls all over the place in various stages of undress. Apparently, Rollins got them dressed and into the car. Although he lost Nick somewhere along the way he managed to successfully deliver Blixa to the record store. [Henry Rollins anecdote]
Later that night, Henry, Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey, and Hugo Race attend The Gun Club concert in Santa Monica where Henry and Blixa end up slow-dancing.
23/24 Jun 1984 In a West Hollywood garage, Evan English & John Hillcoat shoot the “In The Ghetto” promo video with Nick Cave. [Morgan note: this video shoot needs its own post, but for now, I’ve linked to promo included in the remastered deluxe edition of From Her to Eternity (2009)].
25 Jun 1984 The band play at a private loft in Kansas City.
27 Jun 1984 Stache’s, Columbus Ohio [scene of the infamous Nick and Blixa Interview Pt 1 & 2 (1984) ]
July – Sept 1984 Nick stays in L.A. with Hugo Race, spends time with Henry Rollins, performs a reading at the Lhasa Club, and meets future Bad Seed Kid Congo Powers and Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club.
Oct 1984 Nick returns to Christoph Dreher’s Dresdener Strasse flat to write songs for ‘Firstborn is Dead’.
7 Nov 1984 The band play London’s Electric Ballroom [see ‘Well of Misery‘ post]
23 Nov 1984 The band play Barcelona’s 666 Club. Hugo Race has departed. Nick, along with Blixa Bargeld, Barry Adamson and Mick Harvey, form the final lineup that will record Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album #2.
Firstborn is Dead is recorded in late November and December 1984, at Berlin’s Hansa Ton Studios. To be continued…
- Fanatic! Henry Rollins
- From the Archives.com
- Nick Cave Collector’s Hell
- The Gun Club: The History (Sailor Jerry’s Blog)
GOOD READ: In a Black Box with Nick Cave (NME, May 1983)