Mick Harvey is undoubtedly a household name for fans of music off the charts. The Australian has been musically active for 40 years now and has decisively shaped several bands during this time. The musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer is a prominent part of the Australian music scene. The main reason for this is a shared path with Nick Cave.The two first formed the band The Boys Next Door, then The Birthday Party, and then played for The Bad Seeds for decades.
What began in the Ashburton church choir ended as one of the figureheads of the gothic scene. He made sure that the chaos of the early days did not come at the expense of creativity. The man in the background held the musical threads in his hand and kept his colleagues under control. But his musical activities were far from over. Harvey and his friend Simon Bonney reformed his band Crime & the City Solution, joined the PJ Harvey Band and released many solo works.
Friend, Companion And Composer
How dominant he was has become clear after Mick Harvey left The Bad Seeds. The band changed their sound from the ground up, with Australian multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis directing and leading the band from Nick Cave into ambient waters. That Harvey was much more than just the band’s guitarist showed years later with the Greatest Hits album release. He not only curated the composition of the songs but appeared on numerous classics as a co-composer.
From The Bad Seeds To PJ Harvey And Serge Gainsbourg
But by this time, the bustling Australian had long since left for other shores. He joined Polly Jean Harvey’s band and supported the exceptional artist both in live concerts and in the studio. Although they have the same name, the two musicians are not related to each other. At the same time, Harvey continued his life project. He is considered one of the biggest fans of the French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. So it’s no wonder that Harvey has set himself an ambitious goal. He would like to translate all of the master’s songs into English, re-record them and release them as records. Four of these works have already appeared.
These consist of unmistakable contrasts. On the one hand, there is the French dandy Gainsbourg who savoured all excesses throughout his life. On the other hand, we see the Australian gentleman Mick Harvey, who is best known for his sober work ethic and dry guitar. However, the two musicians are far from being separated by as much as it initially appears. Harvey sees the French star as a serious artist. His appearance in public was nothing more than an attitude. Gainsbourg was a friendly guy and a proven family man at the same time. His great songs still inspire the Australian. Also, Harvey continues to work on other solo works. He produced artists, played live concerts with them and enjoyed his new artistic freedom. The Australian now lives in Melbourne again.