CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
MAY 3, 2004 REVIEW: APRIL
kind of feels like Christmas getting my hands on this DVD-release. A dark
Christmas, yes, but a very joyous occasion nonetheless. Nick Cave is one
of the great artists of the last quarter of the 20th century. To say that
a collection with all the videos he and The Bad Seeds made prior to their
last album "Nocturama" is less than a audio-visual gem would
be ridiculous. The videos for "Where the Wild Roses Grow" –
speak about gothic murder tale! – and "Loverman" –
with a hypnotised Bad Seeds – are almost alone worth a buy. And
then we haven’t even talked about the magnificent one take, almost
erotic, video with Polly Jean Harvey for "Henry Lee" or "Into
My Arms". Or the in-between video commentary by Cave, mostly, as
well as Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld
the longer back into the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds history the videos
go (there’s a kind of backward chronology on the DVD), the worse
the quality of the videos get. Actually, videos like "In the Ghetto"
and, for instance, "The Mercy Seat" are only fun to have included
because of the great music and to make the collection complete, not because
the videos in themselves are any good. Because they aren’t. The
flick accompanying fabulous "The Weeping Song" – with
Blixa and Nick rowing a boat while getting drunk, is although in it’s
own way kind of funny.
all in all, I’m sure everyone will find his or her favourite Cave-video
from the 80's and 90's in here. Had the commentary been more extensive
and Mute had put some extra goodies on the DVD it would have been a treasure.
But the quality if the disc is good, the sound’s great and the index-page
easy to navigate (a small minus, though, for not being able to view the
videos without the comments before they start). So, it’s a gem and
a must have in the collection of any serious fan of Nick Cave.