Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian alternative rock band, formed in Melbourne in 1983. The band is fronted by songwriter Nick Cave and has featured international personnel throughout its career. Following the demise of his group The Birthday Party, an artistically influential but obscure post-punk band, Cave has led the Bad Seeds through the corners of underground circuits into commercial success. With a dark and brooding sound alternating between explosive and introspective tendencies, the band developed a style equally indebted to avant garde and traditional music within an alternative rock context. They are best known for "Where the Wild Roses Grow", their 1996 collaborative single with Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue from the Murder Ballads album which peaked at #11 on the UK charts, but the band has enjoyed a large cult following surrounding their 14 studio albums and extensive international touring. After the departures of founding members Blixa Bargeld and Mick Harvey in 2003 and 2009 respectively, the band became centered around Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, keyboardist Conway Savage, bassist Martyn P. Casey, and percussionists Thomas Wydler and Jim Sclavunos.
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