Anita Lane, former Nick Cave collaborator, dies aged 62

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The Australian singer-songwriter co-wrote the Bad Seeds tracks Stranger Than Kindness and From Her to Eternity.

Anita Lane has passed away aged 62. A representative for the Australian musician confirmed the news earlier today (28 April). No cause of death has been publicly announced.

Born in Melbourne, Lane is best known for her collaborative efforts with former boyfriend Nick Cave, as well as her solo pursuits: 1988’s debut solo EP Dirty Sings, 1993’s Dirty Pearl and 2001’s Sex O’Clock LP, for example. In the 70s, Lane co-wrote tracks such as Dead Joe, A Dead Song and Kiss Me Black for Cave’s then-band The Birthday Party. She later worked alongside Cave on the Bad Seeds material, co-writing songs such as Stranger Than Kindness and From Her to Eternity. Lane also duetted with Cave on Death Is Not the End – a Bob Dylan cover taken from the 1996 album Murder Ballads.

The singer would go onto work with the likes of Die Haut, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kid Congo Powers and Gudrun Gut over the course of her career.

A number of friends, fans and fellow musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late artist. Among them is Nick Cave’s wife Susie, who shared an image of Lane to Instagram. She captioned it: “Darling Anita, We love you so much.” She also posted the lyrics to her husband’s 1986 song Sad Waters.


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Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis also payed tribute to Lane on social media.