Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Videos
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The following are my favorites:
1) Staggerlee---Cave in his most menacing stance. The dancing is so silly you may roll on the floor laughing.
2) Where the Wild Roses Grow---Manichean juxtapositions. Cave and Minogue play their roles to the hilt. And then there's that snake...
3) Into My Arms---The imagery is what gets you. Very stark.
4) Henry Lee---The video does not really fit the words, but you can feel the sexual tension generated by PJ Harvey and Cave.
5) Red Right Hand---Always a great song, sinister as Cave can make it.
6) Do You Love Me---Actually, I couldn't care less about the bozos he filmed in a Brazilian dive, but the performance is urgent and bursting with Cave's energy.
7) Jack the Ripper---Full of blood, brings the lyrics to hideous life.
8) Mercy Seat---Somewhat weak, but Cave looks the part of a loser who is about to be fried. Could have been a lot more graphic, but still a great song.Read more ›
The only other complaint I have is that video's from the two last albums are not present. Of course, 'No More Shall we Part's promo's can be seen on the 'God Is In The House' concert disc, so that's not a big loss. However, it would have been nice if they had included the vid for 'Bring it On', which has never had an official DVD presentation.
Still, they are the video's, and their finally on DVD. That alone warrants this DVD a 4 star rating.
After that, there seems to be a large middle ground, with a number of videos admittedly done on the fly. Particularly good is "Henry Lee,"a one take effort by Cave and P.J. Harvey. She's got a terrific voice, and obviously these two were hot for each other at one time. It also helps that the song is a good one. Another duet, with Pogue front man, Shane McGowan, is kind of sad. Cave is in great voice, but McGowan is a burned out case, and it shows. "The Weeping Song" is bizarre and cheap with its choppy plastic water and Zorba dancing, but also fun. "Mercy Seat" is a surprising failure. You'll like the version done on "God is in the House" much better (as is the case with a number of the songs shown on both dvds). At the absolute bottom is "In the Ghetto," which has to be one of the worst videos ever made. The camera slips in out of focus, and Cave admits that at that time in his career, it was a mistake to send him the money for such efforts, since he usually would spend it on "other things." (He must of gave some of those "other things" to the guy with the camera.Read more ›
Other stand out videos include the behind the scenes road trip piece, Wanted Man, the live, I Had A Dream Joe and the beginning of the Mercy Seat shot in stark black and white. The rest are underbudgeted yet still worthy of a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most video collections are ho-hum. For guys who don't like making videos, most of these are pretty cool. But the music is spectacular. Long live The Bad Seeds!!!Published on October 31, 2013 by Thomas Orange
This is a collection of videos with commentary from Nick Cave and the band. This collection also highlights what for me was their most creative period. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by K. Gardner
Nick doesn't even like making videos. Rent don't buy this one. It's much more worth your while to buy a live performance DVD.Published on April 8, 2006 by Andrew Dorman
Videos are, demonstrably, not a strong point for the Bad Seeds. Neither are they a point of interest for the band. Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by Sylvie N. Gassaway
The bad seeds certainly! I liked Where The Wild Roses Grow, because the video is excellent. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue are great in this one, but I figure that's just because I... Read morePublished on March 30, 2005
I really enjoy Nick Cave's music and I have almost all of his CDs. He has a deep and poetic lyrical style that is rare in popular music today. Read morePublished on November 24, 2004 by D. Brown
Well, what can be said that hasn't been mentioned in the other reviews? Pretty much nothing...
The photo quality of the videos is very grainy, mostly due to the fact... Read more
What is annoying about this title is that you have no way of just playing the videos one after the other without the little bits of commentary between. Read morePublished on August 12, 2004 by J Eric Miller