Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor.
He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, established in 1983.
At school he formed the Boys Next Door in the 1970s.
Fronted by Cave, it spearheaded Melbourne's bourgeoning post-punk scene.
They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980.
Disillusioned by life in England, the band's sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and they garnered a reputation as one of darkest and most challenging groups of the early 1980s.
For this they are credited as a major influence on gothic rock.
The band fell apart after moving to West Berlin in 1983, leaving a discography of three albums and two EPs.
After the break up of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year.
Much of the band's early material was set in a mythic American Deep South, drawing on spirituals and Delta blues, while Cave's preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil culminated in what has been called his signature song, "The Mercy Seat" (1988).
The 1996 album Murder Ballads featured "Where the Wild Roses Grow", a duet with Kylie Minogue, Cave's most commercially successful single to date.
Skeleton Tree, the band's sixteenth and most recent album, was released in 2016.
Cave formed the garage rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums.