CAVE: Blixa [Bargeld, former Bad Seeds guitarist], usually after a record, would come up to me and go, “Darling, we’ve made a good record.” And then, “Goodbye.” That always meant a whole lot to me.

DOMINIK: Would he tell you if he didn’t like something?

CAVE: Oh, yeah. One time I wrote this song called “Sheep May Safely Graze,” which was about my child, and how I’ll protect him from the wolves and the crocodiles. It was, to be fair, a pretty sentimental kind of thing. Blixa came over and said, “Darling, let’s leave that one for the child.” [laughs] “Go home and play it to him. Let’s not inflict that on the world.


Blixa cooking black risotto on a German television - to quote the comments ‘clearly Bargeld is the king of Goth’.

I will tell you two things about our psyche. First, I refer you to Walter Benjamin’s essay on the destructive character, which he describes as handsome and friendly, whose only motto is “to create space.” How do you think a destructive personality creates space? This is another tie-in to einstuerzende. The Neubau/Altbau dichotomy points to historical dimension in our work. It’s not architectural destruction that haunts us. It’s the rift torn in the culture of Europe and especially Germany. The prewar avant-garde tradition was completely severed. There was no German tradition one could refer to without feeling guilty. That culture which existed before the war is rightly forbidden to us, because of what it led to - or at best, did not prevent. Connect the “destructive character” with this historical perspective and you have a key to our method and madness. It means that love songs are possible.
—  Blixa Bargeld