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On an endless night a silver star spangled

For about five years and over the course of three LPs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were the greatest band in the world, or at least in my world.

Their dominance started with the release of Henry’s Dream in 1992 and culminated in what may be described as their commercial breakthrough, 1996’s Murder Ballads and an appearance with Kylie Minogue on Top of the Pops.

But the high point is Let Love In, the 1994 LP ranks among my all-time very favourite records of all time.

1994 was a good year — as well as my favourite Cave LP, it also saw the release of my favourite Neil Young and Pavement records, respectively Sleeps With Angels and Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Portishead’s debut, and my favourite Pulp song, Do You Remember the First Time? (plus a pretty good long player, His ’n’ Hers, and a fine EP, The Sisters).

But few records can count five five-star ratings in iTunes — just eight by my reckoning — that to choose 1994’s song-from-each-year-of-my-life from any other would be rude.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds :: Do You Love Me? (Part 2)

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