‘I wanted to show that Nick Cave was more than just a tough guy in tight pants with incredible hair'
I always wanted to work for the NME. They weren't the first to pick up on punk, but they did it best. They had a sense of humour as well as earnest political beliefs. It was very influential in Australia, where I lived, even if it arrived three months late.
So I moved to London in 1980. I wanted to see England, see the real thing – even if the real thing, like the Wizard of Oz, proved disappointing. Everything was much greyer than I'd imagined. I lived in Whitechapel and you could still see signs of bomb damage. The accommodation was squats, walls were crumbling, and it seemed to be dark all the time.