To an extent, it’s understandable that those pretty-boy blue eyes on the front cover went largely unnoticed by the tastemakers of the day. However, even after this 1984 debut, Cave spent many years under the radar as the airwaves and futuristic TV screens were filled with pop music galore, spearheaded by the dominant MTV that had launched just a few years before in 1981. Although MTV claimed it was the new Rock N Roll for a modern generation, the first videos to air included Video Killed the Radio Star, and She Won't Dance With Me by Rod Stewart, seemingly more pop than rock.
The song was taken from the 9th studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads, which topped a handful of charts around the globe, as well as being certified gold in the United Kingdom. It was this very song that would lead to Nick Cave telling MTV exactly where they can go.
Cave says he felt uncomfortable at the idea of having being nominated, much to the amusement of his crowd at the time. He explains how the letter essentially stopped MTV from ever taking note of him ever again. “Overnight the door to MTV was closed firmly in my face and I was flung back into obscurity.”
When Cave starts to read the letter, he opens with his thankfulness to MTV for their recent support before expressing his real opinion of the TV station in the only way that Nick Cave knows how.
Nick Cave is, without doubt, one of the rarest kinds of a musician. It’s almost insulting to call him a musician. He is an artistic expression of his own creative outlet, he answers to none yet he gives to all.
Mr Cave, we salute you indeed.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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