The Bad Seeds – First US Tour

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)


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]

Blixa, Henry, Diamanda - 1985 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… 


GOOD READ: In a Black Box with Nick Cave  (NME, May 1983)

32 thoughts on “The Bad Seeds – First US Tour

  1. I was at Zed Records for the in store signing in Long Beach. Henry did not drive them and Nick and Blixa both showed.

  2. At The Lhasa Club reading (from what was to become And the Ass Saw the Angel), Caterwaul played, as did a Patrick Mata side project called Industrial Shoes. Nick came out after a long ovation and said “I could recite ‘Release the Bats’ …but I’m not going to”

  3. Hi all,
    I am new there, posting for the first time but I am a regular reader and this site has become my lifesaver in my recent mad and psycho days. There’s nothing as soothing as a proper dose of Nixa!
    I admit honestly that I am a hopeless Neubauten addict, it’s been going on for years. 🙂 A blog focused on Blixa has a guaranteed way to success, methinks – there are crowds of people craving for fresh Blixa Fixes.
    By the way, is there a possibility to share the video again? It’s not available anymore.
    Cheers 🙂

    • Hi! Glad to see your post. I am delighted that you have found a haven here. (I can relate to the ‘mad psycho days’ things you mention.) As you can tell, I am a hopeless Neubauten addict as well. Mr. Blixa has everything to do with that little condition. Ah, such sweet suffering, right Halciion? Your encouragement about my plans to start up a Blixa Fixes blog is much appreciated. It helps to get feedback on these projects because they take up a lot of time/energy. I have a lot of Blixa material, it’s just the problem of finding time to set things up. Possibly, it’s best to just open the damn thing and add material as I go along. This place keeps me pretty busy since Nick is a work-a-holic and there is no end to news about him. Plus I have a rather messy personal life at present. Well, dear lady, thank you for posting. Do come back – I sometimes go a few days without posting but will answer you as time allows. Also, I will look into the video problem and re-upload it if necessary.

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