Tender Prey

Tender Prey is the fifth studio album by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 19 September 1988 on Mute Records. Produced by Flood, the album was recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin—where the band were based at the time of its release—and London and dedicated to Fernando Ramos da Silva.

Tender Prey
Studio album by
Released19 September 1988
RecordedAugust–November 1987
StudioVielklang Studios and Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin, Germany; Trident Studios and Strongroom Studios in London, United Kingdom
GenreGarage punk,[1] gothic country,[1] blues[1]
ProducerFlood, Tony Cohen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
Your Funeral... My Trial
Tender Prey
The Good Son
Singles from Tender Prey
  1. "The Mercy Seat"
    Released: 23 May 1988
  2. "Deanna"
    Released: 5 September 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound9/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[6]
Uncut4/5 stars[7]


The album opens with frontman Nick Cave's signature song, "The Mercy Seat," which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band's live performances since 1988, and was later covered by one of Cave's influences, Johnny Cash, on American III: Solitary Man (2000). "The Mercy Seat" was released as a single in May 1988 prior to the album's release and "Deanna" was released in September. On the CD version, the video mix of "The Mercy Seat" is also included as the last track.

Upon its release, Tender Prey received positive reviews and charted in the United Kingdom and Greece. However, the album failed to chart in either the band's native Australia or the United States Billboard charts. The album was remastered and reissued on 29 March 2010 as a collector's edition CD/DVD set and in October 2010. It was also listed in the book 100 Best Australian Albums, alongside The Boatman's Call (1997), in the Top 30.[8]

Cave later said, "It was a nightmare, that record. It is reflective of a group - particularly myself - who was just writing songs and there was no larger idea behind it. Sometimes some of the group was there, sometimes they weren't. I hear bad production and I hear bad performances as well."[9] Cave later admitted that the album, "was made at a difficult time in my life when things were spiralling out of control in a lot of areas."[10]

In 2012, the album was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia.[11]

Track listing

  1. "The Mercy Seat" – 7:17
  2. "Up Jumped the Devil" – 5:16
    • Nick Cave – Vocals
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Mick Harvey – Bass, Xylophone, Backing Vocals
    • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar
    • Roland Wolf – Piano
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
  3. "Deanna" – 3:45
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Hammond
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar
    • Mick Harvey – Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
    • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar
  4. "Watching Alice" – 4:01
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Piano, Harmonica
    • Mick Harvey – Bass
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
    • Hugo Race – Guitar
  5. "Mercy" – 6:22
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Vibes, Harmonica
    • Blixa Bargeld – Slide Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Mick Harvey – Bass, Backing Vocals
    • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Roland Wolf – Piano
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
    • Hugo Race – Backing Vocals
  6. "City of Refuge" – 4:48
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Hammond, Harmonica
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar
    • Mick Harvey – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
    • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar
    • Roland Wolf – Organ
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
    • Backing Vocals – The Bad Seeds & Friends
  7. "Slowly Goes the Night" – 5:23
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Hammond
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar
    • Mick Harvey – Bass, Xylophone, Backing Vocals
    • Roland Wolf – Piano, Organ
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
    • Ian Davis – Backing Vocals
  8. "Sunday's Slave" – 3:40
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Piano
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar
    • Mick Harvey – Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass
  9. "Sugar Sugar Sugar" – 5:01
    • Nick Cave – Vocals
    • Mick Harvey – Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion
    • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar
    • Roland Wolf – Piano
    • Thomas Wydler – Drums
  10. "New Morning" – 3:46
    • Nick Cave – Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Tambourine
    • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Mick Harvey – Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
  11. "The Mercy Seat" (video mix) – 5:05 (CD only)

Note: Early issues of the CD version of the album had a track indexing issue in which "Sunday's Slave" and "Sugar Sugar Sugar" were indexed as the same track.




Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Nick Cave – Vocals, Hammond organ(1,3,6,7), Harmonica (4–6), Piano (4,8,10), Tambourine (10), Vibes (5)
  • Mick Harvey – Bass (2–10), Backing Vocals (1,2,5–7,10), Acoustic Guitar (3,6,8–10), Drums (3,8,10), Percussion (6,9), Xylophone (2,7), Guitar (1), Bass Loops (1), Piano (1), Organ (10)
  • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar (2,3,6–8,10), Backing Vocals (2,5,6,10), Slide Guitar (1,5)
  • Roland Wolf – Piano (2,5,7,9), Organ (6,7), Guitar (1), Backing Vocals (6)
  • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar (1,2,5,6,9), Backing Vocals (5,6)
  • Thomas Wydler – Drums (1,2,4–7,9), Backing Vocals (6)


  • Hugo Race – Backing Vocals, Guitar
  • Gini Ball – Strings
  • Audrey Riley – Strings
  • Chris Tombling – Strings
  • Ian Davis – Backing vocals

Chart positions

Chart (1988) Peak
UK Albums Chart[12] 67
UK Independent Albums Chart[13] 2


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  3. ^ Nicholls, Chris (9 April 2010). "Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Tender Prey (remastered)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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  8. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Victoria: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  9. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 183. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0.
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  13. ^ Lazell, Barry. "Indie Hits: "C"". Cherry Red. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2014.

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Deanna (song)

"Deanna" is a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It was the second single from The Bad Seeds' 1988 album Tender Prey.

King Ink II

King Ink II is a collection of poetry, lyrics and writings by Australian musician and author Nick Cave. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Black Spring Press in 1997 and is a follow-up to Cave's first collection of writings, King Ink (1988).

Cave's writings included in King Ink II extends from the period from the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' fifth studio album, Tender Prey (1988) to tenth studio album The Boatman's Call (1997). The book also includes lyrics written for other artists and for film soundtracks, including Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close! and Until the end of the World.

List of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds members

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band from Melbourne. Formed by eponymous vocalist Nick Cave and multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey after the breakup of The Birthday Party in August 1983, the original lineup of the group also included German guitarist Blixa Bargeld and English bassist Barry Adamson. The band's first tour, later in the year, featured guitarist Hugo Race in place of Bargeld (who was touring with Einstürzende Neubauten) and bassist Tracy Pew (also formerly of The Birthday Party), the latter of whom left early the next year. They released their debut album From Her to Eternity in June 1984. Race left later in the year, although performed as a guest on several Bad Seeds releases later. The group continued briefly as a four-piece, releasing The Firstborn Is Dead in June 1985.Shortly after the release of the band's second album, Thomas Wydler joined as the new drummer for Bad Seeds, with Harvey moving to focus primarily on guitar and keyboards. Two albums followed in 1986 – Kicking Against the Pricks and Your Funeral... My Trial –

the latter of which featured Adamson on only two tracks, having recently left. Harvey took over on bass, with Kid Congo Powers joining on guitar and keyboardist Roland Wolf also joining. Tender Prey was released in 1988, before Wolf was dismissed the next year due to personality conflicts with Cave. The 1990 follow-up The Good Son was also the last Bad Seeds album for Powers, who left later in the year. Harvey took over from Powers on guitar, as bassist Martyn P. Casey and keyboardist Conway Savage joined to expand the group to a six-piece.The lineup of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds remained stable throughout the 1990s, save for two additions. First was second drummer and percussionist Jim Sclavunos, who joined in 1994 during the promotional tour for Let Love In. Second was violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, who became an official members of the group in 1997 after having featured as a session and touring musician. In March 2003, founding member Bargeld left the Bad Seeds in order to "concentrate on other creative areas in [his] life", describing his departure as "nothing to do with artistic or personal differences with the band". The guitarist was replaced by James Johnston, who had previously toured briefly with the group in 1994. Johnston remained a member of the group until after the release of Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! in 2008.On 22 January 2009 it was announced that Harvey, the last remaining original member of the Bad Seeds besides Cave, had left the band in order to pursue other projects. He was replaced for shows later in the year by Ed Kuepper. After a brief hiatus, the band returned in 2013 with Push the Sky Away, during which time Barry Adamson returned to the band on drums and keyboards, filling in for Wydler who was absent to illness. Kuepper briefly toured with the group again, before being replaced later by George Vjestica. Adamson remained until early 2015, when Wydler returned to touring and keyboards were taken over by Larry Mullins (also known as Toby Dammit). Savage was forced to leave the touring group in early 2017 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He died the following September.

More News from Nowhere

"More News from Nowhere" is the 28th single by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the second single from the album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!. The song has a melodic similarity to "Deanna" from the 1988 album Tender Prey and the song also mentions the character of Deanna. The title is a reference to novel News From Nowhere by William Morris. The "narrative" of the song follows that of the Odyssey, using modern names for the gods and nymphs in the original. The video was directed by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who also directed videos for the other singles from this album. It was filmed at the Raymond Revuebar and featured cameo appearances from author Will Self, actors Michael Higgs, Caroline Catz and Karl Theobald, socialite Peaches Geldof, singer/songwriter Beth Orton, British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster and bass player for The Wonder Stuff Mark McCarthy along with a number of burlesque dancers. The video was cut to the full-length album version of the song, running to over seven minutes.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P. Casey (all from Australia), guitarist George Vjestica (United Kingdom), keyboardist/percussionist Toby Dammit (United States) and drummers Thomas Wydler (Switzerland) and Jim Sclavunos (United States). The band has released sixteen studio albums and completed numerous international tours, and has been considered "one of the most original and celebrated bands of the post-punk and alternative rock eras in the '80s and onward".The band was founded in 1983 following the demise of Cave and Harvey's former group the Birthday Party, the members of which met at a boarding school in Victoria. By the release of their fifth studio album Tender Prey in 1988, they shifted from post-punk towards an experimental alternative rock sound, later incorporating various influences throughout their career. For example, the 2008 album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and the side-project Grinderman were strongly influenced by garage rock. Synthesizers and minimal guitar work feature prominently on Push the Sky Away (2013), recorded after Harvey's departure from the band in 2009.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds discography

The discography of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a rock band with multi-national personnel, consists of sixteen studio albums, four live albums, three compilation albums, thirty-six singles, five video albums and thirty-nine music videos.

The Good Son (album)

The Good Son is the sixth album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music).

After two dark and harrowing albums with Your Funeral... My Trial (1986) and Tender Prey (1988), The Good Son was a substantial departure with a lighter and generally more uplifting sound. The change of mood was greatly inspired by singer Nick Cave falling in love with Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro, and an apparently salutary spell in rehab which purged much of the despair and squalor reflected in the previous two albums. Cave later said, "I guess The Good Son is some kind of reflection of the way I felt early on in Brazil. I was quite happy there. I was in love and the first year or two was good. The problem I found was ... in order to survive you have to adopt their attitudes towards everything, which are kind of blinkered."

The Mercy Seat (song)

"The Mercy Seat" is a song written by Nick Cave (lyrics and music) and Mick Harvey (music), originally performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on the 1988 album Tender Prey. The song has been covered by others, including Johnny Cash, Camille O'Sullivan and Unter Null. Rolling Stone editor Toby Creswell lists it as one of the 1001 greatest songs.

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