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Anita Lane, the former Bad Seeds and Birthday Party member, has died


Australian musician and beloved member of both The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party, Anita Lane, has sadly passed away. Confirmed by Louder Than War, Lane’s tragic passing has hit fans hard.

Lane, who was a frequent collaborator with then-boyfriend Nick Cave, has shared many writing credits on some of both band’s songs with her Birthday Party hits including ‘Dead Joe’ and ‘Kiss Me Black’ before joining Cave as part of The Bad Seeds.

A new band didn’t diminish Lane’s role within Cave’s career and she co-wrote some of The Bad Seeds most cherished songs. Tracks like ‘From Her To Eternity’ and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’ were jointly written by Lane and Cave.

She was a pivotal member of Melbourne’s pulsating post-punk scene in the seventies and eighties and enjoyed a distinguished career working alongside artists such as Kid Congo Powers and Einstürzende Neubauten.

The songwriter also released a string of solo albums with 1993’s Dirty Pearl being seen as one of her finest. It didn’t end there and in 2001, she delivered another seminal piece with Sex O’Clock.

The news of Lane’s passing has elicited widespread mourning with both Susie Cave (Nick’s wife) and longtime Bad Seed member, Warren Ellis, both sharing heartfelt tributes.