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Nick Cave, with Die Haut – Sad Dark Eyes / Pleasure is the Boss

Nick Cave with Die Haut – Sad Dark Eyes / Pleasure is the Boss
Berlin Tempodrome,
24 August 1992

“My view of Die Haut is they have a great love of guitars – they’re a guitar orientated group. I love singing behind a barrage of ugly, dirty guitars.”

– Nick Cave, on Die Haut, 1992

“Sad Dark Eyes” is an amazing blues-rock/pop 1966 song by influential Australian band The Loved Ones.

The Loved Ones were formed in Melbourne in 1965 by Gerry Humphreys, Ian Clyne and Kim Lynch.

I look at you in your sad dark eyes
And your gypsy face with your Spanish grace
With your words like rhymes and your voice like chimes

“Sad Dark Eyes” has been covered by Ed Kuepper, Die Haut with Mick Harvey, Die Haut with Nick Cave, and by Mick Harvey ‘solo’.

Die Haut first covered the song on their 1988 LP Headless Body In Topless Bar with Mick on vocals.

Die Haut recorded this live version on the LP Sweat – Live at Berlin Metropol, August 24, 1992, and Apeldoorn August 1992

More details on this vid below from the great Cave resource, nickcavefixes.wordpress

Line Up:

Die Haut:

Christoph Dreher – Bass;
Rainer Lingk – Guitar;
Jochen Arbeit – Guitar;
Thomas Wydler – Drums.

Nick Cave – Guest Vocalist.


This is one of my all-time favorite Nick Cave performances. Unbelievably good.

Die Haut members are connected to Nick Cave and two of his Bad Seeds, Blixa Bargeld and Thomas Wydler.

Die Haut’s founder, Christoph Dreher, directed Bad Seeds videos ‘Tupelo’ and ‘The Singer’ and was Nick’s Cave flat-mate while he lived in Berlin.

Jochen Arbeit joined Blixa Bargeld’s now-legendary band, Einstürzende Neubauten, in 1993.

Finally, Thomas Wydler, Die Haut drummer since 1982, continues to perform with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Link: Die Haut Discography

Source: Sweat (WSFA 140V/Triple X 51184-3, 1993) — live video from Tempodrom, Berlin, August 1992, 66 minutes; directed by Rolf S. Wolkenstein

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