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ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:27 PM
The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party  

“We did a few covers: The New York Dolls’ ‘Personality Crisis’ and Iggy Pop’s ‘China Girl.’ We were playing to two men and a dog, a late afternoon show, doing ‘China Girl.’ With the line, ‘I feel tragic/Just like Marlon Brando,’ Nick [Cave] was crawling around on the floor with his shoe on his back, singing, ‘I feel tragic/Just like Julius Marlowe’ (Julius Marlowe was a popular brand of shoe)."

Phill Calvert, Nick Cave: The Birthday Party & Other Epic Adventures (1996), p.39



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:27 PM
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“Early on, we were all big fans of Bowie, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper and Alex Harvey who were all entertainers, but we wanted to take it a step further. We didn’t want to take off our makeup when we went home, we wanted to be the same on stage as we were on the street, and if we acted differently it wouldn’t be because we were putting on a show for people. There are a lot of flaws to what I am saying because you do perform for people. But we were showing off a lot of the time on the street…”

Rowland S. Howard, Nick Cave: The Birthday Party & Other Epic Adventures (1996), p.46



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:32 PM
Re: The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party new [re: ziggfried]  

"Iggy was apparently complaining about [the mixing of Blah-Blah-Blah]...he didn't like the production on it...he, um...obviously went back to working with Bowie, 'cause his two best albums were done with him, and he probably realised that eventually...but I don't think he like the way it went...but then it was successful. So, he's got his 'most critically successful' albums, and he's got his most commercially successful albums. He really wants to make a similar album without 'old droopy drawers' around..."

Mick Harvey, Effigy fanzine, 1988



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:36 PM
Re: The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party new [re: ziggfried]  

"[Being in The Young Charlatans] was at the time when we were first starting to hear about punk rock and stuff like that, but probably most of the influences, because punk was something that was relatively new - most of the influences would have been things that had come out earlier in the '70s. I know Ollie [Olsen] was really influenced by people like Can and early electronic bands like Neu. Also people like Roxy Music and David Bowie, who have since become, unfortunately, vapid."

Rowland S. Howard, Your Flesh #25, 1992



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:40 PM
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"...depending on the year, [the music that influenced us] would have changed every six months...Nick and I would have come out of a period when Roxy Music and David Bowie were really big influences. I know that Roxy Music was a big influence on the Boys Next Door. At one stage Mick Harvey left the band because they were doing so many Roxy Music covers, he thought it was absurd. I still think that Roxy Music were a really great band on their first three albums. When you look at film of them, it was like they came from another planet which is a pretty good criteria for a rock band."

Rowland S. Howard, Prehistoric Sounds Volume 1 Issue 2, 1995



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/19/05 09:46 PM
Re: The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party new [re: ziggfried]  

"I started playing guitar when I was fourteen, and I was listening to people like Roxy Music and David Bowie. But when I learned to play guitar I just got a book of chords and learned them and just sort of thrashed about. I'm still incredibly limited, technically, with what I can do. But if you want to play things that sound good and you have those limitations, then often you have to resort to things that other people wouldn't do. Most people, if they can play something that sounds like something that they've heard on a record, are in danger of falling into the trap of saying, 'A-ha! I'm playing real music at last.' Because I could never do that it never became a problem."

Rowland S. Howard, Guitarist magazine, January 1993



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/20/05 05:38 AM
Re: The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party new [re: ziggfried]  

Nick Cave: ...we just kicked [Phill Calvert] out and then left for Germany. He had no say in the matter.
Tim Aanstedt: But you had been with him right from the start, right?
Nick Cave: Yeah.
Tim Aanstedt: So wasn't that kind of difficult?
Nick Cave: Well, I mean, I didn't have to do it, actually. Mick [Harvey] did it. So I wasn't there. I don't know if it was difficult or not. Mick just told him, and then we played one concert, and then I never saw him again. So I'm not peeved about the whole thing.
Tim Aanstedt: Do you have any comments on the band he joined?
Nick Cave: Well, there's something I kind of like about The Psychedelic Furs. I don't know what it is; it's probably the lyrics on the first record, which I quite like for some reason. Fairly pervert sort of lyrics. I think the group's music leaves a bit to be desired.
Tim Aanstedt:Do you think he's probably happier with them?
Nick Cave: I don't know. I really don't know what he's doing. He's obviously got it made with them in the sense that he's -- I talked to him on the phone once, he called, and he was saying that he had done a 22-date tour of America, and now he's doing a 30-date tour of Australia, and he's coming back straight after it to do another 20 dates in America. So I said, "How can you possibly do that?" And he said, "Aw, it's all right when they treat you well, living in the Hilton and driving around in limousines," and all that sort of shit.
Tim Aanstedt: Well, when you're in with Todd Rundgren, it's life in the fast lane.
Rowland S. Howard: David Bowie's going to produce their next album.
Nick Cave: Is he? Well, I'm totally jealous.

The Offense, April 1983



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/20/05 09:43 AM
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"When I danced around privately up in my bedroom to my Bowie records, it made me feel like the person I wanted to be, and not the schmuck that I felt I actually was."

Nick Cave, The Independent, 4 September 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/20/05 10:07 AM
Re: The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party new [re: ziggfried]  

“My songs are descriptions of myself at the respective time. I cannot make things which are not truthful. I cannot write a song with the firm plan to make a record about this or that topic. As David Bowie does. Obviously, he decides, “I will make this a white soul album,” then he writes the suitable lyrics and suitable music.”

Nick Cave, Musikexpress, February 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/24/05 09:21 PM
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"[As well as Alex Harvey songs], we also played a few Alice Cooper songs, Lou Reed/Velvet Underground songs and strange originals which were usually influenced by the latest record that somebody had bought. David Bowie...Oh my God!"

Mick Harvey, Bad Seed: The Biography of Nick Cave (1996), p.23



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/02/07 09:53 PM
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"Tin Machine was a record made by a man who'd spent many years in the wilderness. It was a desperate kind of record and a very sad one. Grinderman is an album made by some members of a band at the peak of their powers. The reason I felt I could do Grinderman was that the Abattoir Blues record was such a resounding success. I don't know about Australia so much, but across the board it sold more than any other record we ever made. It felt like the right time, where we could actually go in and do something like Grinderman without it smacking of desperation and some sort of tragic attempt at a career revitalisation. So, no, it's not our Tin Machine."

Nick Cave, The West Australian, 2 March 2007




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