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Why I Love Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – by Burton C. Bell

The Fear Factory frontman pays tribute to the Australian lord of Gothic darkness

A 20-year-old Burton C. Bell was working in a record store in Washington, D.C., when he heard an artist that would change his world forever. 25 years later, he reflects on the dark genius that is Nick Cave.

“I first heard Nick Cave in 1988 when Tender Prey came out on vinyl. We got an advance copy in the store, but I didn't know what it was. My buddy who worked there was like, 'Oh my God, you're gonna like this!' I was into Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission and Fields Of The Nephilim. So he put it on and I was hooked! I bought the CD immediately and that's all I listened to for... it seemed like months. During that time, I thought he must have more stuff, so my friend suggested The Birthday Party, and I was like, 'Oh my God! Where have I been?' I was hooked.

Fear Factory will release a new album later this year.

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