Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Germany 1987

A Summer Daze Re-Post ~~~

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Stranger than Kindness (15 Aug 1987)
Kings of Independence, Knopf Music Hall, Hamburg, Germany

This performance of ‘Stranger than Kindness’ was filmed at Knopf’s Music Hall, Hamburg, GE, 15 August 1987. Blixa, hair a golden halo, sits strumming intently on his open-tuned guitar as a marble-pale Nick, restless in the throes of heroin addiction, keeps turning to gaze upon him. The public have always been enthralled by the spectacle of decadence and doomed celebrity: drug abuse, sexual transgression, and the damaged, terrible beauty of the players. From such a perspective, ‘Stranger Than Kindness’ becomes a significant part of Nick Cave’s mid-eighties soundtrack. Beautifully realized in Anita Lane’s despairing poetics and Blixa Bargeld’s haunting score, ‘Stranger’ is a perfect vessel for Nick Cave’s ghostly, hollow-voiced delivery. Thrilling.


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Saint Huck (15 Aug 1987)
Kings of Independence, Knopf Music Hall, Hamburg, Germany

Lineup: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Kid Congo Powers, Roland Wolf, Thomas Wydler

About the Kings of Independence tour and the Knopf venue:

The ‘Kings of Independence’ tour lasted for two gigs, in Hamburg and Bonn, on Aug 15 & 16 respectively. The Hamburg show resulted in riots due to the venue over-selling approximately 1,000 tickets.  Fans stranded outside decided to burn down the hall in revenge. Backstage conditions were appalling: there was no room for personnel to sit down; the heat was suffocating; and smoke poured in from the fires outside. Everyone present was on drugs, drunk, and out of their minds. The mayhem continued the next day at Bonn, where the tour was called off.  (Info based on Mick Harvey’s account in Ian Johnston’s Bad Seed – pp 220-221.)

NOTE: Revised text and video uploads by Morgan Wolf.
Original posted on 23 Feb 2009.

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6 thoughts on “Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Germany 1987

  1. Made me appreciate the song more than I usually do, as the others said, your comments are the icing on the cake 🙂

  2. i agree with halciion that it is your comments morgan that gives these vids even more beauty. i love nick perching on the speakers like a beautiful gargoyle. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the sweet words. I’ve been so tired lately that it’s remarkable I was able to get this post up. It’s time for a long vacation ……. (*snore*)

  3. Ironically this is the video that made me a Swans fan–and I might just like M. Gira’s work more than Nick Cave’s, I’m not sure. I went in as a Nick Cave fangirl, liking Crime and the City Solution a bit, and having never heard of Swans.

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