SONG OF THE DAY The Birthday Party – King Ink


The deep, dark and very dirty-sounding King Ink is one of a handful of songs written by Nick Cave whilst he was in England during the Birthday Party’s brief residence in the UK in 1980.

Featuring on the band’s 1981 debut LP, Prayers on Fire, the song is one of eight tracks co-written by Nick Cave and has been described as “a dramatic highlight of their debut record” – a comment I wholly subscribe to!  Dark by nature, the song is a disturbing portrayal of a rotten soul, its grimy, self-loathing lyrics delivered by Cave’s superbly depraved vocals; whilst musically the bass line is so gloriously scuzzy and mean!…I need to start leaning some of The Birthday Party bass lines!! Check it out above.

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