It was 20 years ago today that Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played PinkPop Festival, Landgraaf, NL, the first leg of the Good Son tour (May 13 – June 30, 1990). (INFO) June 4 also marks the 28th anniversary of Nick Cave meeting Blixa Bargeld at the Amsterdam Paradiso in 1982.
Gudrun Gut of Malaria! formally introduced the musicians backstage. Blixa: ‘Well, I knew nothing of The Birthday Party or their music but I instantly liked it’ (Johnston 109). The next day, Nick saw Einstürzende Neubauten on a Dutch TV program and was inspired to write the now famous ‘Thistles in the Soul’ essay (published in King Ink, 1990).
Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld, circa 1990
From PinkPop 1990, here are Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performing ‘The Weeping Song’. Most of you long-timers know this clip by heart with lyric flubs and all the rest. Some may roll their eyes but I’m a sentimental fool. Here’s to Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld: you cats were a force of nature. We loved you then and we love you still. Respect!
Tx to thesoulbreath
- Works Cited: Bad Seed: the biography of Nick Cave, by Ian Johnston (1995)