Son of Dawn and Colin Cave, brother of Tim (b. 1952), Peter (b. 1954) and Julie (b. 1959). Raised Anglican, which would later prove to be a large influence on his work.
In highschool, Cave met Mick Harvey[?], with which he founded his first band, The Boys Next Door[?]. This band became The Birthday Party as they moved to London, picked up guitarist Blixa Bargeld[?], from Einstürzende Neubauten. 1983, the band moved to West Berlin, and disbanded soon after. Cave, Harvey, and Bargeld went on to form The Bad Seeds[?] with Barry Adamson[?], which lasted for two decades and released a slew of commercially successful albums.
Nick Cave's music is featured in several of Wim Wenders' movies, including Wings of Desire (where Cave also appears, doing a live performance), Until the End of the World, and Faraway... So Close[?]. Cave also co-wrote and acted in Ghost of the Civil Dead[?], a 1989 independent movie.
Also in 1989, Cave published his novel And the Ass Saw the Angel[?], to critical acclaim.
In 1996, Cave and The Bad Seeds released an album, Murder Ballads[?], as the title suggests an album full of songs about murder. A duet with Kylie Minogue, Where The Wild Roses Grow, was a mainstream hit.
His albums produced with the Bad Seeds include: