In high school, Cave met Mick Harvey, with whom he founded his first band, The Boys Next Door. This band became The Birthday Party as they moved to London, picked up guitarist Blixa Bargeld, from Einstürzende Neubauten. 1983, the band moved to West Berlin, and disbanded soon after. Cave, Harvey, and Bargeld went on to form The Bad Seeds with Barry Adamson, which lasted for two decades and released a slew of commercially successful albums.
Cave moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where he married Viviane Carneiro in 1987. The two have a son, Luke, born 1991. In spring of 1993, Cave moved back to London. He now lives in Brighton, and is married to actress Susie Bick, with whom he has twin sons, Arthur and Earl.
Nick Cave's music is featured in several of Wim Wenders' movies, including Wings of Desire (where Cave also appears, doing a live performance), Until the End of the World, and Faraway... So Close. Cave also co-wrote and acted in Ghosts... of the Civil Dead, a 1989 independent movie. Also in 1989, Cave published his novel And the Ass Saw the Angel, to critical acclaim.
In 1996, Cave and The Bad Seeds released an album, Murder Ballads, as the title suggests an album full of songs about murder. A duet with Kylie Minogue, "Where The Wild Roses Grow", was a mainstream hit.