of Esben And The Witch
‘I’m a big PJ Harvey fan, and I’d read that “The Boatman’s Call” was an ode to his break-up with her. So I pored over the lyrics, and I loved it. I think the album’s good for someone new to the band, because it’s quite mellow.
‘I remember seeing Nick Cave at a train station. He really does cut quite the figure. He was wearing a black bomber jacket with black tailored trousers, and these beautifully shiny, black, pointed leather shoes, and he had a handlebar moustache and something like a manbag. He looked awesome.’
Sue Webster, artist
‘I’ve always been a music fan and I’d heard of The Birthday Party, but I wasn’t really into them at the time – and everyone had their preconceptions about what they thought Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were about. When [“The Boatman’s Call”] came it out, it flipped the coin. It was tender and it was full of love. I think it was ’97 when somebody gave it to me – and it was like a turning point. I just fell in love with that album. I know it was a lot of people’s favourite, but I played it to death, and it’s now had to be put away in a cupboard, never to be played ever again.
‘They’re amazing live. I got to know Nick really well and we went on part of [the “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”] tour, and it was brilliant watching them play all the diffferent instuments. Warren Ellis is just a genius, the way he can just make a sound out of seemingly nothing. What a great guy. A wonderful team.’