Your Funeral... My Trial

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Your Funeral... My Trial
Studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Released 3 November 1986 (1986-11-03)
Recorded July–August 1986 at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin, Germany and Strongroom in London, United Kingdom
Genre Rock, post-punk
Length 42:47
Label Mute
Producer Flood, Tony Cohen
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
Kicking Against the Pricks
Your Funeral... My Trial
Tender Prey
Singles from Your Funeral... My Trial
  1. "Scum"
    Released: 12 October 1986 (1986-10-12)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (positive)[3]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

Your Funeral… My Trial is the fourth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 3 November 1986 by Mute Records. Your Funeral... My Trial was originally released as a double EP. The album was issued on CD with a different running order and the bonus track "Scum". During this period in his life, Cave was steeped in heroin addiction, perhaps evidenced by the melancholy, desperate mood of this album.[3][5]

Cave later said, "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio. There are some songs on that record that as far as I'm concerned are just about perfect as we can get really- songs like "The Carny", "Your Funeral, My Trial", and "Stranger Than Kindness", I think are really quite brilliant."[6]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Der Himmel über Berlin, performing "The Carny" (which is heard once before the performance scene) and "From Her to Eternity". "The Carny" also inspired the 2003 animated short film Jo Jo in the Stars, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Short Film. The film was created and directed by Marc Craste, who said about "The Carny": "The lyrics read like a short story, it seemed to suggest a film – a straight visual interpretation of the text..."[7]

The album was remastered and reissued on 27 April 2009 as a collector's edition CD/DVD set. The CD features the original 8-song vinyl double EP's track listing and track order, while "Scum" is featured as a bonus audio track on the accompanying DVD.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nick Cave, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sad Waters"     5:00
2. "The Carny"     8:01
3. "Your Funeral, My Trial"     3:56
4. "Stranger Than Kindness"   Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld 4:47
5. "Jack's Shadow"   Cave, Mick Harvey 5:41
6. "Hard On for Love"     5:19
7. "She Fell Away"     4:30
8. "Long Time Man"   Tim Rose 5:35


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Technical personnel
Design personnel

Personnel for Your Funeral... My Trial adapted from the album's liner notes.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Independent Albums Chart[9] 1


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Your Funeral... My Trial - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Completely revised and updated 4th ed.). New York: Fireside. p. 151. 
  3. ^ a b Long, Chris (8 May 2009). "BBC – Music – Review of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Your Funeral... My Trial". BBC Music. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Berman, Stuart (May 6, 2009). "From Her to Eternity/The First Born Is Dead/Kicking Against the Pricks/Your Funeral... My Trial". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  5. ^ Denning, Adrian (19 September 2010). "Nick Cave – album reviews". Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 117. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 
  7. ^ Inspirations (XHTML). In depth, Interviews. Computer Arts. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  8. ^ Your Funeral... My Trial (CD). Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Mute Records. 1986. LC 05834. 
  9. ^ Lazell, Barry. "Indie Hits: "C"". Cherry Red. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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