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Murder Ballads
Murder Ballads cover
Studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Released February 20, 1996
Recorded 1993 - 1995
Genre Post-punk
Length 58:43
Label Mute Records
Producer Victor Van Vugt, The Bad Seeds
Professional reviews
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
Let Love In
(1994)
Murder Ballads
(1996)
The Boatman's Call
(1997)

Murder Ballads is the ninth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 1996 on Mute Records. As its title suggests, the album consists of new and traditional murder ballads, a genre of songs that relays the details (and often consequences) of crimes of passion. Image File history File links Murderballads. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a successful rock band with international personnel. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mute Records is a record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, T.V.O.D./Warm Leatherette, under the moniker The Normal. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Victor Van Vugt is an award winning music producer, mixer and engineer. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a successful rock band with international personnel. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a successful rock band with international personnel. ... The Boatmans Call is the tenth studio album released by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. ... Murder ballads are a sub-genre of the broadsheet ballad, the lyrics of each being a narrative poem that tells a tale of murder. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a successful rock band with international personnel. ... Mute Records is a record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, T.V.O.D./Warm Leatherette, under the moniker The Normal. ... Murder ballads are a sub-genre of the broadsheet ballad, the lyrics of each being a narrative poem that tells a tale of murder. ...


"Where the Wild Roses Grow", a duet featuring Cave singing with Kylie Minogue, was a hit single and received two ARIA Awards in 1996. Other prominent guest musicians on the album include PJ Harvey and Shane MacGowan. Where the Wild Roses Grow is an alternative-rock song written by Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ninth album Murder Ballads (1996), and features guest vocals by Australian pop-singer Kylie Minogue. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoʊg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual awards night celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). ... Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English [1] musician and songwriter. ... Shane Patrick MacGowan (born December 25, 1957 in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom) is best known as the original singer and songwriter with The Pogues, and is considered one of the most important and poetic Irish songwriters of the last thirty years, often echoing his influences such as Irish playwright Brendan...


Murder Ballads is the band's biggest commercial success to date, most likely helped by the unexpected repeated airplay of the "Where the Wild Roses Grow" video on MTV. MTV even nominated Cave for their "best male artist" award of that year, though this nomination was later withdrawn at Cave's request [1]. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...

Contents

Reception

  • Rolling Stone (3/21/96, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...never before have manic elements elevated Cave's shtick to art as on Murder Ballads....literate, sultry and tortured....the performance of Nick Cave's life..."
  • Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #16 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's `Albums Of The Year.'
  • NME (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #7 in NME's 1996 critic's poll.
  • Entertainment Weekly (3/8/96, p.66) - "Not for the squeamish, this is the rare pop record that resonates with the weight of the ages..." - Rating: B+
  • Q magazine (3/96, p.93) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Musically, the Bad Seeds touch on tinkling cabaret jazz, country-paced morbidity and every morose station between..."
  • New York Times (2/11/96, Sec.2, p.30) - "...Murder Ballads is about more than storytelling. In each song, Mr. Cave meticulously creates a macabre fable and then distills it to a single image of death in much the way a photographer arranges a studio shoot..."

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Track listing

  • Written by Nick Cave, except where noted
  1. "Song of Joy" – 6:47 (Nick Cave/John Milton)
  2. "Stagger Lee" – 5:15 (trad./Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds)
  3. "Henry Lee" – 3:58 (trad./Cave)
  4. "Lovely Creature" – 4:13 (Blixa Bargeld/Martyn P. Casey/Nick Cave/Mick Harvey/Thomas Wydler)
  5. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" – 3:57
  6. "The Curse of Millhaven" – 6:55
  7. "The Kindness of Strangers" – 4:39
  8. "Crow Jane" – 4:14 (Martyn P. Casey/Nick Cave)
  9. "O'Malley's Bar" – 14:28
  10. "Death Is Not the End" – 4:26 (Bob Dylan)

For other persons named John Milton, see John Milton (disambiguation). ... Stagger Lee (also known as Stagolee, Stackerlee, Stack OLee, Stack-a-Lee and by several other spelling variants) was an African American murderer whose crime was immortalized in a blues folk song, which has been recorded in hundreds of different versions. ... Traditional Music is a quasi-synonym for folk music. ... Young Hunting is a folk song, collected by Francis James Child as Child ballad number 68. ... Blixa Bargeld, born Christian Emmerich on January 12, 1959 in West Berlin, Germany, is a composer, author, actor, singer, musician, performer and lecturer in almost any field of interpretative art. ... The Bad Seeds is the backing group for Nick Cave, the membership of which has changed greatly over the years. ... Michael John Harvey (born 29 September 1958 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia), is an Australian rock musician, composer, arranger and record producer. ... Thomas Wydler (born 9 October 1959, Zurich, Switzerland), is a Swiss musician best known for being a core member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, of which he has been the drummer since 1985. ... Where the Wild Roses Grow is an alternative-rock song written by Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ninth album Murder Ballads (1996), and features guest vocals by Australian pop-singer Kylie Minogue. ... This article is about the recording artist. ...

Musicians

The Bad Seeds

  • Nick Cave - Vocals (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), Piano (1,5,8,9), Organ (1,2,4,6,10), Hammond (1), Gun Shots (2), String Arrangement (5)
  • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10), Screams (2), Vocals (10)
  • Martyn P. Casey - Bass (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
  • Mick Harvey - Drums (1), Guitar (2,4,5,7,10), Acoustic Guitar (3,5), Organ (3), Wind Organ (4), Backing Vocals (5), String Arrangement (5), Bass (6,9), Hammond (8), Space Belt (8), Percussion (9)
  • Conway Savage - Piano (2,3,4,7,10), Backing Vocals (5), Organ (9)
  • Jim Sclavunos - Drums (2,8), Percussion (4,10), Bells (5), Tambourine (6)
  • Thomas Wydler - Maracas (2), Drums (3,4,5,6,7,9,10), Tambourine (8), Vocals (10)

Blixa Bargeld, born Christian Emmerich on January 12, 1959 in West Berlin, Germany, is a composer, author, actor, singer, musician, performer and lecturer in almost any field of interpretative art. ... The Bad Seeds is the backing group for Nick Cave, the membership of which has changed greatly over the years. ... Michael John Harvey (born 29 September 1958 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia), is an Australian rock musician, composer, arranger and record producer. ... Conway Savage (born 27 July 1960) is an Australian rock musician best known as pianist/organist/backing vocalist for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. ... Jim Sclavunos is a rock music drummer and percussionist. ... Thomas Wydler (born 9 October 1959, Zurich, Switzerland), is a Swiss musician best known for being a core member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, of which he has been the drummer since 1985. ...

Guests

  • PJ Harvey - Vocals (3,10)
  • Terry Edwards - Horns (4)
  • Katharine Blake - Additional Vocals (4)
  • Kylie Minogue - Vocals (5,10)
  • Jen Anderson - Violin (5)
  • Sue Simpson - Violin (5)
  • Kerran Coulter - Viola (5)
  • Helen Mountfort - Cello (5)
  • Hugo Race - Guitar (6)
  • Warren Ellis - Violin (6), Accordion (6)
  • Marielle Del Conte - Additional Vocals (7)
  • Anita Lane - Crying (7), Vocals (10)
  • Geraldine Johnston - Additional Vocals (8)
  • Liz Corcoran - Additional Vocals (8)
  • Shane MacGowan - Vocals (10)
  • Brian Hooper - Bass (10)

Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English [1] musician and songwriter. ... Terry Edwards (b. ... Katharine Blake onstage with the Mediaeval Baebes at the Berkeley Castle Joust Festival, 2005 Katharine Blake is a singer, songwriter and musician, born in London in 1970. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoʊg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Hugo Race is a musician from Melbourne, Australia. ... Warren Ellis is an Australian-born musician (violin) and composer. ... Anita Lane is an Australian singer and songwriter who directly influenced the early 1980s European post-punk landscape. ... Shane Patrick MacGowan (born December 25, 1957 in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom) is best known as the original singer and songwriter with The Pogues, and is considered one of the most important and poetic Irish songwriters of the last thirty years, often echoing his influences such as Irish playwright Brendan...

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on "The Curse of Millhaven"

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Songs

  1. "Song of Joy" is a story of a man whose wife Joy and their three children, Hilda, Hattie and Holly, are murdered, leaving the man a drifter, as all he loves and holds dear has been stolen from him. In Cave's biography, Bad Seed by Ian Johnston, which only goes up to the preceding album Let Love In, it is mentioned that he was working on a new song called "Red Right Hand II", involving a man killing his three children. This may be the same song in a finished form, and, indeed, the lyrics mention "in my house he wrote his red right hand, which I'm told is from Paradise Lost". The Narrator portrays himself as the victim of the crime, however, the song itself strongly implies a connection between the killer's continuing murder-spree and the widower's seemingly-aimless wndering; Cave's delivery and further references to Milton suggest that the narrator is, in fact, himself the murderer.
  2. "Stagger Lee" is based on a traditional song about the African-American murderer of the same name. Cave's version draws most of the lyrics from a 1967 transcription published in the 1976 book The Life: The lore and folk poetry of the black hustler (see reference).
  3. "Henry Lee" is also based on a traditional song (or two), often referred to as Young Hunting. It tells of a woman who kills a man because he did not sleep with her or love her. It is a duet with PJ Harvey, a British rock singer who was in a relationship with Cave at the time.
  4. "Lovely Creature" tells an abstract tale of finding and losing love through death. It is possible to interpret the lyrics as a sort of vanishing hitchhiker legend.
  5. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" was a very popular duet with Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. Nick says the traditional song "The Willow Garden" was the song that inspired him to write "Where The Wild Roses Grow". It's a classic tale of a man courting a woman and killing her while they're out together.
  6. "The Curse of Millhaven" is a song of a mad girl called Loretta whose "eyes are green" and "hair is yellow". She describes the deaths of townsfolk, pointing out how "all God's creatures, they've all got to die". It is then revealed, in the failed stabbing of Mrs. Colgate, that Lottie is in fact the killer. "Curse" uses the fictional town of Millhaven, created by Peter Straub and came out on paper in his books regarding "The Blue Rose Murders". In particular, the novel The Throat has been recommended by Nick.
  7. "The Kindness of Strangers" centers on a young girl named Mary Bellows, who travels to see the ocean. On the way she meets Richard Slade, but tells him to leave once she has a room. She finds herself lonely and unlocks her door, only to be killed by (presumably by, although it is not explicitly stated) Slade.
  8. "Crow Jane" shares its title with a traditional blues song. Cave's version appears to be entirely original. In his version, it seems Crow Jane is gang raped, then visits a gunshop, arms herself, and kills the twenty miners who raped her.
  9. "O'Malley's Bar" is a long song about a man who goes into a bar and kills his fellow townsfolk. He feels elated and sexually aroused by this killing, but is caught by the police. In the car, moving away from the bar, he begins counting those he killed on his fingers. The chances are he'll have a hard time keeping track; the song runs for over fourteen minutes.
  10. "Death Is Not the End" is a song featuring several vocalists, such as Anita Lane, Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey, and Shane McGowan, including Cave himself and his bandmembers drummer Thomas Wydler and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. They each sing a verse in this cover of a Bob Dylan song, the only song in which an actual death does not occur.

The death count on the entire album comes to 64, or a mean average (rounding) of 6 deaths per song. House at Cúcuta, Colombia A house is a building typically lived in by one or more people. ... For other uses, see Paradise Lost (disambiguation). ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Stagger Lee (also known as Stagolee, Stackerlee, Stack OLee, Stack-a-Lee and by several other spelling variants) was an African American murderer whose crime was immortalized in a blues folk song, which has been recorded in hundreds of different versions. ... Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English [1] musician and songwriter. ... The vanishing hitchhiker (or phantom hitchhiker) is a reported phenomenon in which people travelling by vehicle meet with or are accompanied by a hitchhiker who subsequently vanishes without explanation, often from a moving vehicle. ... Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth-largest country in the world, the only country to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in the region of Australasia/Oceania. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoʊg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Peter Straub at the University of South Florida on February 15, 2007 Peter Francis Straub, born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a writer of fiction and poetry, best known as a prolific horror author. ... Anita Lane is an Australian singer and songwriter who directly influenced the early 1980s European post-punk landscape. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoʊg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English [1] musician and songwriter. ... Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (born December 25, 1957) is an Irish musician. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... In mathematics and statistics, the arithmetic mean of a set of numbers is the sum of all the members of the set divided by the number of items in the set. ... Rounding is the process of reducing the number of significant digits in a number. ...


References

  • The Life: The Lore and Folk Poetry of the Black Hustler, Wepman, Newman & Binderman, Holloway House, 1976, ISBN 0-87067-367-X

External links

  • Lyrics: [2] [3]
And the Ass Saw the Angel is the first novel (and only one to date) by the rock musician Nick Cave, originally published in 1989 by Black Spring Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the US. It was recently re-published by 2. ... Dirty Three is an instrumental rock band, formed in 1993, in Melbourne, Australia by Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar), and Jim White (drums). ...

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