Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Die Haut with Nick Cave

Die Haut were an experimental German post-punk post-rock industrial band, who enjoyed underground success in the 1980s, with such records as the Nick Cave collaboration Burnin' The Ice. The only constant member has been Christoph Dreher.
Formed as an instrumental rock quartet, many of their recordings and live performances featured an array of international guest vocalists.

Friday, 2 September 1983, "Feestzaal", 22:00 - 23:00

Line up
Christoph Dreher – bass; Remo Park – guitar; Martin Peter – guitar; Thomas Wydler – drums; Nick Cave – vocals on*

Set list
01 Der Karibische Western
02 ?
03 ?
04 Tokyo-Express
05 ?
06 Virginia
07 Pleasure is the boss*
08 The victory
09 Stow-a-way*
10 Truck love*

A complete (?) audience recording exists: 01 - 10, 45'.

The gig was partially broadcast on Dutch radio, I have 08 and 09 taken from this radio broadcast.

Other info

Nick Cave live at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl magazine 1983/9)

Cave's shoes (Vinyl 1983/9)

Die Haut with Nick Cave at Pandora's 83 (photo credit unknown)

Nick Cave's second live guest appearance with Die Haut. They perform songs from the Burnin' The Ice album recorded in Aachen in December 1982. (http://www.fromthearchives.com/nc/chronology.html)

Nick Cave saw the Virgin Prunes' performance on Saturday night and wrote about it in the book Judas Jesus by Rolf Vasellari (Black Sheep Press (Zurich, Switzerland), 1987). (

A concert in Rotterdam
Nick Cave on Dave-id Busaras/Virgin Prunes:
"... a strange child reluctantly and most awkwardly mount the stage, as if coaxed from the wings by some pageant-crazed mother, stand centre-stage and sing a song, solus, in a voice that held such a weird sadness within each expulsion and took flight with such ghostly brilliance that an entire morning of systematic inebriation spent in the bar was wasted, for this drunken wretch that had stumbled into the hall, now that the child had left the stage, sat stricken sober by his magical appearance and quite weak from listening and though I cursed the little bastard as I made my way back to the bar, I will never forget the simple pain of that opening song and the eerie beauty of its doing." (http://www.iol.ie/~murraycp/dave-id.html)

He may have been sober on Saturday night, but by all accounts, he was a drunken mess on Friday.

... Nick Cave die te dronken was om er een begrijpelijk woord uit te krijgen... (Henk den Toom)

Cave and Wydler both played Pandora's again in 1985 as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Article from festival booklet

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