Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, Part 1

2014 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Nick Cave. His latest studio album, The Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away - probably his best-received record in a decade - was actually released back in 2013. Nevertheless, the momentum behind the album continues to build. This summer Cave and The Bad Seeds embarked on a North American tour that has produced rave reviews. And an impressionistic documentary of Cave's life and work, 20,000 Days On Earth, has been making the rounds - special screenings even accompanied by solo performances from Cave in select cities.

Cave isn't really the type for nostalgic, sentimental reminiscence. After all, he's only 56-years-old, he's seemingly in good health, and he has remained steadily prolific over the course of his nearly 40-year career. If anything, he's only become more productive and versatile in the past decade. Nevertheless, there seems to be something of a Cave-aissance afoot, with the wider underground music world suddenly waking up and remembering Cave's brilliance and showering him with much-deserved love and appreciation.

We've been rabid Nick Cave fans here at The Way Out for more than two decades (well, Andrew has at least, Diana's slowly but steadily been coming around to his post-Birthday Party stuff). We always knew we were going to do a Cave-themed show in the lead-up to The Bad Seeds' June 20th concert in Milwaukee (for which we bought pre-sale tickets way back in November). We just didn't quite realize how expansive it was going to be become. In the end, we ended up spreading the show out across two weeks and four hours of radio. It was our goal to dig out some real rarities and obscurities, including lots of guest appearances, collaborations, and non-album tracks. In addition, we explored the Birthday Party and Bad Seeds family trees, tracing out some of the other music that Cave's bandmates have made over the years.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, which was broadcast on Thursday, June 19, 2014:

Boys Next Door - "After a Fashion"
The Birthday Party - "Hamlet"
Tuff Monks - "After the Fireworks"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Loverman"
Shane MacGowan & Nick Cave - "What a Wonderful World"
Nick Cave & Dirty Three - "Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum"
Grinderman - "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)"
Nick Cave (as Freak Storm) - "Mama's Boy" (from Johnny Suede)
Nick Cave - "To Be By Your Side"
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "The Proposition #1"
Anita Lane - "The World's a Girl"
The Witches (Ha-Mechashefot) - "Shivers"
Johnny Cash - "The Mercy Seat"
The Birthday Party - "Zoo-Music Girl"
These Immortal Souls - "Hey! Little Child"
Nikki Sudden - "Glass Eye"
Crime & The City Solution - "Six Bells Chime"
Rowland S. Howard - "The Golden Age of Bloodshed"
Mick Harvey - "October Boy"
Blue Ruin - "What a Hell'uva Woman"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "The Weeping Song"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "13 Loecher"
Magazine - "The Light Pours Out of Me"
Die Haut - "Truck Love"
The Gun Club - "Walkin' With the Beast"
The Cramps - "The Natives Are Restless"

Archived streaming audio of this show can be heard here now (playable in Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers):

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