Nick Cave Addresses Accusations of Misogyny in ‘Murder Ballads’ Album: Denies Personal Misogyny

Nick Cave Addresses Accusations of Misogyny in ‘Murder Ballads’ Album: Denies Personal Misogyny

…By Henry George for TDPel Media.

Cave’s Response to Accusations

Nick Cave, the renowned musician, has responded to accusations that his studio album “Murder Ballads” was violent towards women.


Cave, fronting the band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, released the album in 1996.

In a recent interview on The Louis Theroux Podcast, Cave clarified that he is not personally a misogynist and explained that the violence depicted in the album was not exclusive to women but rather portrayed violence towards everyone.

He acknowledged that some of his early lyrics contained violence, but emphasized that it was part of the overall violent theme of the records.


Exploring the Themes in His Work

Cave expressed his appreciation for the capacity of music to provoke and outrage, noting that his songs in the past contained violent elements.

He explained that he enjoyed the thrill of using language to depict violence and likened it to how a thriller writer might approach their work.

Cave pointed out that the album “Murder Ballads” featured heroic women and female murderers, portraying a range of characters and narratives.

Cave’s Perspective on Art and Censorship

Raised during the emergence of punk culture, Cave also discussed the role of art and censorship.

He highlighted that challenging people’s virtues was a key aspect of punk culture.


According to Cave, art should trouble the waters and should not be subjected to a righteous sieve that filters out elements deemed unrighteous.

He emphasized the value of art lies in its ability to be thought-provoking and push boundaries, rather than conforming to moral expectations.

The Louis Theroux Podcast

The interview with Nick Cave took place on The Louis Theroux Podcast, which is available exclusively on Spotify.

New episodes are released every Tuesday, providing listeners with insights into the lives and perspectives of various guests.


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