From Her to Eternity

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From Her to Eternity
Studio album by
Released18 June 1984
RecordedSeptember - October 1983 and March 1984
StudioThe Garden and Trident Studios, London, England
GenrePost-punk, experimental rock
ProducerFlood, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds[1]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
From Her to Eternity
The Firstborn Is Dead

From Her to Eternity is the debut studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 18 June 1984 on Mute. Produced by Flood and the band itself, the album's title is a pun on the James Jones novel, From Here to Eternity, and its subsequent 1953 film adaptation.

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.[2] 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."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

From Her to Eternity has been well received by critics. Trouser Press wrote that while "the album relies less on shock effects than any the Birthday Party ever made, the explosive parts are that much more effective."[12] Chris Long of BBC Music described it as "imperfect, visceral, exciting and, ultimately, classic."[13]

Mat Snow said it was an, "one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Dynamic, subtly layered, funny and plain obsessive, From Her To Eternity is the work of a visionary unfettered by worship of the romantic rock'n'roll mythology, and which thus reaches peaks hitherto unscaled."[14]

Pitchfork ranked it 63rd on their list "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s", calling it "ghoulish to the point of ridiculousness, which is the entire point [...their] visceral hyperbole is something powerful, as though we’re hearing humankind’s palm read by a fortune teller with a cockeyed grin and a hand snatching your wallet."[15]

2009 remaster[edit]

The album was remastered and reissued on 27 April 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 tracks written by Nick Cave, unless otherwise noted.

Side one
1."Avalanche"Leonard CohenCohen5:13
2."Cabin Fever!"CaveCave, Blixa Bargeld6:11
3."Well of Misery"  5:25
4."From Her to Eternity"Cave, Anita LaneCave, Bargeld, Hugo Race, Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey5:33
Side two
5."Saint Huck"  7:22
6."Wings Off Flies"Cave, Peter SutcliffeCave, Jim Thirlwell4:06
7."A Box for Black Paul"  9:42
Total length:43:32


All personnel credits adapted from From Her to Eternity's album notes,[16] unless otherwise noted.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 40
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[19] 1


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  13. ^ Long, Chris (May 8, 2009). "Review of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity". BBC Music. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
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