NICK CAVE • BERLIN YEARS
Nick Cave: Stranger in a Strange Land is 40 minutes long documentary film created by Dutch film maker Bram van Splunteren. There are plenty of interviews and similar material dealing with Nick Cave but, in my opinion, this is by far the best one out there. I have seen it ages ago but copy was so poor that it was barely watchable at all – however, YouTuber that goes under pseudonym ‘vortexeyes’ recorded the original program that was broadcasted by VPRO Dutch Television in 1987 on to his VHS recorder and only recently he digitised the copy and uploaded it to YouTube for all of us to enjoy. Big thanks goes to both, Bram van Splunteren and Vortexeyes for their efforts!
Film follows Nick Cave and other members of then recently formed The Bad Seeds through mid 1980s Berlin and it features other big names from an alternative underground scene such Mark E. Smith of The Fall and Blixa Bargeld of the Einstürzende Neubauten. Stranger in a Strange Land is bursting with intimacy and this fact alone is exactly what makes this movie rather special. I strongly recommend it to all the fans especially the ones who grew up listening to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from this era.