«Anita Lane» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

Anita Lane is an Australian singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Nick Cave and Mick Harvey, in addition to the production of solo work.

Early life

Lane was born in Melbourne, Australia in the late 1950s, and began singing and writing songs at the age of 16 years. She was a classmate of Rowland S. Howard, while she was a student of the Tertiary Orientation Programme at the Prahran College of Advanced Education (Melbourne, Australia), who would later form The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party with Cave.

Birthday Party

Following the formation of an intimate relationship in 1979, Lane and Cave relocated to London, United Kingdom (UK) with The Birthday Party in 1980. Lane co-wrote the lyrics of three Birthday Party songs—"Dead Joe", "Kiss Me Black" and "A Dead Song"—prior to the cessation of the band in 1983.


Lane has collaborated with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a band that was formed after the demise of The Birthday Party, on numerous occasions: she sang one verse of the Bob Dylan cover version "Death Is Not The End" (together with Kylie Minogue and Shane MacGowan) and also contributed vocals to "The Kindness Of Strangers", from the 1996 album Murder Ballads; she co-wrote the lyrics for the title track of the 1984 album From Her to Eternity; and Lane wrote the lyrics of the song "Stranger Than Kindness", from Your Funeral, My Trial.

Lane and Cave performed a duet for a cover version of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's "Bedazzled" on the B-side of her 1995 single "The World's a Girl".

Lane contributed vocals to Harvey's two Serge Gainsbourg tribute albums—1995's The Intoxicated Man and 1997's Pink Elephants. Harvey also co-wrote the Lane songs "The World's A Girl" and "Do That Thing".

Lane collaborated with both Cave and Harvey for the soundtrack of the 1988 Australian film Ghosts of the Civil Dead. Lane's vocals appear over a musical score that was composed by Cave, Harvey and Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds).

Solo career

Lane has also performed and recorded her own songs. Following work with the German band Die Haut, Lane recorded the album Dirty Pearl under her own name, and was joined on the record by Cave, Barry Adamson (Bad Seeds) and Thomas Wydler (Bad Seeds), as well as Harvey, who produced the album. Dirty Pearl consists of Lane's work with Einstürzende Neubauten and Die Haut, as well as exclusive album tracks. Harvey also produced Lane's 2001 album Sex O' Clock, for which Lane recorded a cover version of the Gil Scott-Heron song "Home Is Where The Hatred Is". Lane also collaborated with Adamson on a cover version of Lee Hazlewood's "These Boots Were Made For Walking".

Cover versions

Swedish singer Karin Dreijer Andersson (under the "Fever Ray" pseudonym) released a cover version of "Stranger Than Kindness" that was accompanied by a music video. The release was in support of Andersson's 2009 self-titled debut album.

Personal life

Lane and Cave separated in 1983, as Lane had formed a relationship with Australian journalist and writer Nicolas Rothwell. As of 2005, Lane resides in Byron Bay, Australia with her children.


Year Title Under the name Role
1981 Prayers on Fire The Birthday Party Lyrics
1982 Junkyard The Birthday Party Lyrics
1984 From Her to Eternity Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Lyrics
1986 Your Funeral, My Trial Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Lyrics
1988 Headless Body in a Topless Bar Die Haut Guest vocalist
1988 Dirty Sings (E.P.) Anita Lane 1st solo release
1989 Ghosts... of the Civil Dead Soundtrack Guest vocalist
1989 Moss Side Story Barry Adamson Guest vocalist
1991 "These Boots Are Made for Walking" (12") Anita Lane and Barry Adamson
1991 "Delusion" (12") Anita Lane and Barry Adamson
1992 Head On Die Haut Guest vocalist
1993 Tabula Rasa Einstürzende Neubauten Guest vocalist
1993 Dirty Pearl Anita Lane 1st solo album
1995 "The World's a Girl" (7" & CDs) Anita Lane
1995 Intoxicated Man Mick Harvey Guest vocalist
1995 "Initials B.B." (7" & CDs) Mick Harvey Guest vocalist
1995 Yadi Yadi Gudrun Gut and Anita Lane
1996 "Firething" (CDs) Gudrun Gut and Anita Lane
1996 Members of the Ocean Club Gudrun Gut Guest vocalist
1996 Murder Ballads Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Guest vocalist
1996 "Harley Davidson" (7" & CDs) Mick Harvey and Anita Lane
1997 Pink Elephants Mick Harvey Guest vocalist
2000 Objectif Pub compilation
2000 Der Krieger Und Die Kaiserin Soundtrack by Pale 3 Guest vocalist
2001 Sex O'Clock Anita Lane 2nd solo album


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