The Boys Next Door
Before he had bad seeds and a birthday party, Nick the Stripper was one of the boys next door. Formed in 1973, this LP from 1978/79 has me wondering. And I’m wondering why I never thought to buy this record before. Well water under the bridge I have it now and it’s a treat. It’s a treat because you can hear all sorts of Nick Cave’s in this one record; hints of many future Caves to come.
What’s as interesting, and I admit I’m conjecturing on this, is the later appearance of Roland S Howard as a boy next door seems to have nudged the boys away from their new wave-y pleasantries toward a harder edged, raw-er sound. The ‘other’ player as muse has followed Nick, I’d argue, throughout his career with Blixa taking up that role in the Bad Seeds for many years followed by the mad violinist and one of a Dirty Three Warren Ellis.
Here’s one from the boys (and yea, that Mick is Mick Harvey, still a bad seed after 30+ years)…