Melbourne singer-songwriter Anita Lane, an early collaborator of Nick Cave and former member of the Bad Seeds, has died.
Her cause of death has not been announced. Lane was 61, Rolling Stone reported.
Known for her ethereal vocals, Lane helped write several songs for Cave’s first band The Birthday Party, including “A Dead Song,” “Dead Joe” and “Kiss Me Black.” She then became a founding member of his next band Bad Seeds, playing keyboards and providing vocals.
She also penned the lyrics for some of their signature songs, including “From Her to Eternity” and “Stranger Than Kindness,” the latter of which she co-wrote with Blixa Bargeld.
Lane met Cave in 1977 and was in a romantic relationship with him until 1983. The two continued to share a professional working relationship until the 1990s, contributing to Bad Seeds records even after her official departure from the band in 1984. Her last contribution to Cave’s music was on the band’s 1995 album, Murder Ballads.
Lane was also a recording artist of her own right, with her discography including two full-length albums—1993’s Dirty Pearl and 2001’s Sex O’Clock—and an EP, 1988’s Dirty Sings.
She also sang on Barry Adamson’s 1989 debut album Moss Side Story and with German industrial legends Einstürzende Neubauten on the 1993 album Tabula Rasa. The singer reportedly stepped away from music after the release of Sex O’Clock.
Lane’s former bandmates and collaborators have since paid tribute to her on social media. “From her to eternity. We love you, Anita,” Cave wrote on his Twitter account. Nick’s wife Susie Cave posted a further tribute to Lane. “Darling Anita, we love you so much,” she wrote, alongside the lyrics of the song “Sad Waters.”
From her to eternity. We love you, Anita pic.twitter.com/8ouucRB240
— Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (@nickcave) April 28, 2021
Frequent collaborator and former Bad Seed Mick Harvey also shared a picture of himself with Lane from a 1995 Berlin photoshoot. In his caption, Harvey left 46 hearts, “one for every year I’ve loved you.” Harvey had produced both of Lane’s full-length studio albums.
RIP, Anita Lane. Listen to her gorgeous solo album Dirty Pearl here: