Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Drop ‘Earthlings’ off ‘B-Sides & Rarities Part II’

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Drop ‘Earthlings’ off ‘B-Sides & Rarities Part II’
September 16, 2021
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released “Earthlings,” an unheard track from the 2018-2019 recording sessions that evolved into the album Ghosteen. “Earthlings” is a track off the album B-Sides & Rarities Part II, which will be released on Oct. 22.

B-Sides & Rarities Part II is a follow up to the 2005 release B-Sides & Rarities.

“B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds,” Cave said. “I love the final side of the last disc because it reveals the small and fragile beginnings of some of my favourite Bad Seeds songs. ‘Waiting For You’ complete with bizarre ‘canning factory’ rhythm track, a gorgeous ‘Life Per Se’ deemed too sad for Skeleton Tree, and ‘Earthlings’ that some consider the finest track of the Ghosteen sessions.”

B-Sides & Rarities Part II will be released on 22 October on double vinyl, double CD, deluxe double CD and all digital platforms.

B-Sides & Rarities Part I and Part II will also be released together as a Limited Edition Deluxe 7 Vinyl Box Set including 83 rare tracks and exclusive sleeve notes.

The album was compiled by Cave and Warren Ellis, and contains 27 rare and unreleased tracks from 2006-2020, including the first recordings of “Skeleton Tree,” “Girl In Amber” and “Bright Horses.”

Previously unreleased song ‘Vortex’ is available to stream now. Taken from B-Sides & Rarities Part II, it was written and recorded in 2006 by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. As the band were never able to define the song as either Grinderman or Bad Seeds, it remained unreleased.

The original B-Sides & Rarities Part I was released in 2005 – compiled by Mick Harvey it comprises 56 tracks including rarities, outtakes, covers and B-sides from 1988-2005. This is the first time the album is available on vinyl.

“I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums,” Cave said. “It’s the only one I’d listen to willingly. It seems more relaxed, even a bit nonsensical in places, but with some beautiful songs throughout. There is something, too, about the smallness of certain songs that is closer to their original spirit.

Watch + Listen to ‘Earthlings’ here:


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