From Her to Eternity

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From Her to Eternity
Studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Released June 18, 1984
Recorded September 20 - October 1983 at The Garden and March 1984 at Trident Studios in London, United Kingdom
Genre Post-punk, experimental rock
Length 43:32
Label Mute
Producer Flood
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
From Her to Eternity
The Firstborn Is Dead

From Her to Eternity is the debut album released by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1984. The title is a pun on the book/movie From Here to Eternity.

Background and production[edit]

After the breakup of Nick Cave's former band The Birthday Party, Cave formed a new project with former band member Mick Harvey. Cave and Harvey were joined by a semi-fluid group of bandmates, initially including Einstürzende Neubauten member Blixa Bargeld on guitar, Hugo Race on guitar, and former Magazine member Barry Adamson on guitar, bass, and piano. After some studio work, the band's premiere public performance was held on New Year's Eve, 1983 in Melbourne, under the name "Nick Cave - Man Or Myth?", followed by a tour.[1] The band then briefly called themselves "Nick Cave and the Cavemen" before adopting the "Bad Seeds" moniker, in reference to the final Birthday Party release, The Bad Seed EP.

The majority of the album was recorded at Trident Studios in London in March 1984. "Saint Huck", "Wings off Flies" and "A Box for Black Paul" were recorded at The Garden studio (owned by John Foxx) between September and October 1983. The band is also seen playing a live performance of the title track in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire. This version, recorded at Hansa Studio, Berlin in February 1987, is included on CD reissues of the album.

Cave later said, "Well, I guess we weren't kicking people in the teeth anymore. I mean, it just became different. I wanted it to be more lyrically orientated and getting Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten in the group made an incredible difference. He's a completely kind of atmospheric guitarist and incredibly economical and it gave me room to breathe."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
Pitchfork 7.3/10[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[8]
Select 4/5[9]
Trouser Press favourable[10]

From Her to Eternity has been well-received by critics. Chris Long of BBC Music described it as "imperfect, visceral, exciting and, ultimately, classic."[11]

2009 remaster[edit]

The album was remastered and reissued on April 27, 2009 as a collector's edition CD/DVD set, along with the three subsequent albums in the Bad Seeds catalog, namely The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against the Pricks and Your Funeral... My Trial. The CD features the original 7-song vinyl LP's track listing, while "In the Ghetto", "The Moon Is in the Gutter", and "From Her to Eternity" (1987 version) are featured as bonus audio tracks on the accompanying DVD, rather than being sequenced into the album as in earlier CD pressings. The DVD also includes music videos from the time and the first installment of 'Do You Love Me Like I Love You', a 14 part documentary by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nick Cave unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Avalanche"   Leonard Cohen 5:13
2. "Cabin Fever!"   Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld 6:11
3. "Well of Misery"     5:25
4. "From Her to Eternity"   Cave, Anita Lane, Bargeld, Hugo Race, Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey 5:33
5. "Saint Huck"     7:22
6. "Wings Off Flies"   Cave, Peter Sutcliffe, Jim Thirlwell 4:06
7. "A Box for Black Paul"     9:42
Total length:


  • "In the Ghetto" (MUTE 032) (June 18, 1984)
    • b/w: "The Moon is in the Gutter"


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Albums Chart[12] 40
UK Independent Albums Chart[13] 1


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  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "From Her to Eternity – Nick Cave / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Betty (24 April 2009). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: From Her to Eternity". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: From Her to Eternity". NME: 50. 1 July 1995. 
  7. ^ Berman, Stuart (6 May 2009). "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: From Her to Eternity / The First Born Is Dead / Kicking Against the Pricks / Your Funeral... My Trial". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 151–52. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Morris, Mark (July 1995). "Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: From Her To Eternity / The First Born Is Dead". Select (61): 100. 
  10. ^ Sheridan, David; O'Connor, Rob; Neate, Wilson; Reeher, Jason. " :: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds". Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Long, Chris (May 8, 2009). "Review of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity". BBC Music. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds | Artist". Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Lazell, Barry. "Indie Hits: "C"". Cherry Red. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2014.