DVD release: B-Movie. Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Back in February I was telling you about the “rockumentary” B-Movie. Lust & Sound in West-Berlin. The movie is now available on dvd through Amazon Germany.

The dvd is region free and comes with French subtitles (it is narrated in English).

Also if Arte is available in your country, the movie is being aired a couple more times. Check the website for the exact date/time. You can also stream it here (it takes a few seconds before it starts playing, be patient!)

On top of the dvd, there is also a super cool bundle available for €99 with the movie, tote bag, vinyls, soundtracks, etc A must have for any fans of this era.


Interview Translation – Die Welt: “Sick Bags are just perfect for poetry.”

Hi folks,

There is an interview with Nick Cave published in German press and I still have not found out why, but I always find the German interviews hilarious and once again I present you a once English now German interview translated back to English in the middle of the night due to insomnia. How much reality makes it through will not be known probably, so take it or leave it 😉

This one was published in Die Welt. Frédéric Schwilden sat down with Nick Cave in Berlin.

Photos are by the incredible Chris John Dewitt whose photographs of more than three decades Berlin are wonderful and fascinating to younger folks who have a thing for it – like me. I choose some of my favourites. They are from the year I was born, 1985 when Berlin according to Nick was an artistic wonderland. The last one is a place that according to the photographer still looked basically like that in 2008. Some junkyard’s never get old it seems.

Links to original authors and photographers below.

The great musician and poet Nick Cave recommends steroids if you have trouble with your voice but thinks that Oskar Roehler uses the wrong syringes. An interview about racism and stew.

Nick Cave is in Berlin for a concert. During the 80s he lived here. Recently he wrote a poem about a tour of North America he did last year. It is called „The Sick Bag Song“ and is published as a book. He wrote it on airplane sickbags.

Frédéric: Did you have a pleasant journey?

Nick: Yes one can say so. I even slept which is very interesting. Usually I do not sleep well. Today I indeed slept 6 hours.

Frédéric: At dinner I recently sat next to a very successful lawyer. She said that after a 14-hour workday a glass of red wine and a Xanax do it for her. What is your formula?

Nick: I tried everything and experimented for a long time. Now I consciously try to avoid things like that but I am not always successful with that of course.

Frédéric: Nick Cave, I initially wanted to start this interview with the following sentence: I have to thank you, to your song „Jubilee Street“ I maybe had the best sex in my life.

Nick: I am very happy to hear that. Astonishing that you made it through the song. It is longer than three minutes.

Frédéric: You just wrote a poem. It is called „The Sick Bag Song“ and you wrote it on airplane sickbags. Aren’t these bags incredibly beautiful? They look so classy, like they have fallen from time and they are so well designed aren’t they?

They are just perfect. Plus there are many interesting things written on them.

For example: „Please ask your flight attendant for the proper disposal of a used needle“. You never asked the stewart didn’t you?

Nick: No. Never.

Frédéric: „The Sick Bag Song“ is a poem about life on tour. How do you prepare?

Nick: Before we go on tour? We rehearse a little. Of course not too much. But we do not pray or have a circlejerk, that is not our kind of thing.

Frédéric: You sleep in the Sheraton, in the Ritz, in the Grand Hyatt. How do you know that a hotel is good?

Nick: I don’ t really care for hotelrooms. They are just functional rooms that are there. I also don’t care about the bar or the bar food.

Frédéric: A huge problem when you travel long distance is jetlag. You write that steroids help with that. Can you recommend that without hesitation?

Nick: Right, I wrote that. But the steriods really help me more with my flu. I am a singer and when you don’t have a voice in the morning, steroids are genius. The only problem is that they have the tendency to cause some psychological problems. They lift you up totally. But they are really magic when it comes to the voice. If you can’t sing at all, you can do it like Maria Callas once you’re on steroids.

Frédéric: Your poem describes a tour of North America. Do you feel welcomed there? I have a hard time doing so.

I feel very welcomed. Is it because you are German? Do you feel like an Arab? Look, that is your mustache. Shave it off and America will be happy to welcome you.

Frédéric: It is also that kind of expressionistic police work.

Nick: You have the advantage of being white. If you are black, it is completely different. There are so many Afro-Americans in prison compared to white people.

Frédéric: Is the American police racist?

Nick: Are you fucking kidding me? Of course. The police has a terrible problem. The cops do not look like polite policemen but like army guys, like Sci-Fi soldiers with Sci-Fi equipment. On top of that their perception is disturbed. They think: If two black people shoot each other, it’s their own business. A black business. Nevertheless America is one of the best places you can visit.

Frédéric: Let’s rather talk about art again. You have created a list of things that stop us most from being creative. The biggest obstacle is procrastination, the tendency to put something off for as long as possible. Do you do that?

No, absolutely not. I just heard about it. I personally just have a thought and then realise it. That is how I work. It is not about motivation it is just about realisation. Maybe my work would be even better when there would be a moment between thought and realisation.

Frédéric: One of the possibilities of procrastination, you write, is a terrorist attack. When I saw the Twin Towers crash as a child I wished for a war in Europe cause of a terrorist attack because I thought then I would never have to go to school again. Is that reprehensible?

Nick: No, not at all. It is an astoundingly good idea indeed. In the end you always find a good excuse for not doing things.


Frédéric: Oskar Roehler just made a movie about the 80s in Berlin. Blixa Bargeld and you are in it as well.

Nick: Personally I was amazed by Blixa’s actor. Fucking hell, that is really Blixa. But the Nick Cave guy, he had a completely different body type. Look, that was more a big guy. Big bones. On top of that the drug scenes were not correct. When film people try to show drugs, they always do it wrong basically. It just is not like that. Look, that guy just opens a casket with a syringe. And this syringe is just too fucking big. You put something like that into horses.

Frédéric: Lets talk about Berlin. What do you think of Berlin today?

Nick: I have no idea about Berlin how it is now. The only Berlin I know is the Berlin of the 80s. That Berlin had a society within the society. An artist society. We were unhappy and felt alienated and we flew from something. And we found refuge in Berlin, this city gave us an artistic unity. I have never experienced that kind of creative bond again. But what happens in Berlin today – I have no idea. What really comes up to me when thinking about Berlin are these sticky dumplings with red cabbage and stewed meat, that is genius.



Photographs: http://chrisjohndewitt.tumblr.com
Original Interview: http://www.welt.de/kultur/pop/article141176444/Kotztueten-sind-einfach-perfekt-zum-Dichten.html

Translation: Anna

“Elvis Jesus & Johnny Cash”

Vintage Nick Cave, in Record Mirror 1986, on the KIcking Against the Pricks LP (photo scan)Via Bachelor Kisses on Tumblr

B-Movie. Lust & Sound in West-Berlin.

I have just found out that the Berlinale (German film festival) will be showing B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin. The “rockumentary” directed by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange focuses on the art and chaos of West Berlin in the eighties. As expected there will be a few familiar faces like Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave. From the look of the trailer the documentary looks really interesting! I will keep you updated if I find the release dates.


There is Blixa Bargeld, skinny as a rake, getting people drunk in the bar ‘Risiko’, and an earnest-looking Nick Cave collecting ‘German Gothic’ on a wall of his room in a Berlin flat. Cool Gudrun Gut stands outside ‘Dschungel’ counting the number of clubs you can go to at two in the morning, and ‘Tödliche Doris’ sings at a most inhospitable Potsdamer Platz. And somewhere in between the Wall and firewalls, the old buildings and the new, Mania D and Westbam, is Mark Reeder from Manchester. Drawn by his love of off-the-wall urban electronic music this British musician, label-maker and military fetishist came to Berlin at the end of seventies, where apparently – and fortunately! – everything he experienced was filmed.
With its copious images and audio material compiled by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck and Heiko Lange, B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West-Berlin is a documentary and a declaration of love rolled into one. A warm-yet-wrecked reencounter with themselves for all those who were a part of it. And downright mind-expanding for all those who have arrived since and claim to know where Berlin’s bear got down, or even dare assert that things only began to swing in 1990.


If you get to see the documentary, let us know what you think in the comment section.

Blixa & Nick: A Rooftop & Roses Tango (Japan 1985)

Blixa Bargeld & Nick Cave c. Oct 1985, Japan

Blixa Bargeld & Nick Cave c. Oct 1985, Japan

Blixa and Nick, relaxing together in Japan 1985

Blixa and Nick, relaxing together, Japan 1985

Nick Cave & Blixa Bargeld (circa 1986)

Nick Cave & Blixa Bargeld (circa 1986) Photo by Tony Clark.

Photo removed by request.

Interview Nick Cave à Paris (Tender Prey tour 1988)

Nick Cave in a video interview conducted in Paris during the ‘Tender Prey’ tour. Likely taped on 21 Oct 1988 before the The Bad Seeds show at Paris, Elysee Montmartre.
View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld5Y8UGsGAw