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Lovely Creatures


“There are some people out there who just don't know where to start with The Bad Seeds. Others know the catalogue better than I do! This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That's a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out. And there are those that didn't make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves.” - Nick Cave

Lovely Creatures is without a doubt the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to date. Spanning thirty years of music from their debut album From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away their 15th studio album, the collection navigates one of the most exhilarating, idiosyncratic and inventive bodies of work created in contemporary music.

Included are long-standing live favourites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat”, their hit single from 1995 “Where The Wild Roses Grow” through to recent fan favourites “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R”. There are songs that have made appearances on popular film and television soundtracks, notably “O Children” (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. I) and the ubiquitous “Red Right Hand”, most recently familiar to fans of the series Peaky Blinders.

The collection was compiled by Nick Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current Bad Seeds. Band members past and present raided their personal archives to provide previously unseen photos and memorabilia which have been collected into a beautifully presented hardcover book, along with a series of original essays. The book comes as part of the limited edition ‘Super Deluxe’ album collection that also features a two hour DVD containing rare and unseen archive footage. Lovely Creatures is available in four formats, all featuring personal and rare photographs of the band: Standard CD, Triple LP, Deluxe 3CD with DVD and the Super Deluxe Limited Edition package. Plenty to keep hardcore fans happy and a comprehensive overview for newcomers.

Lovely Creatures was originally intended for release in 2015, but was postponed because of a new album, Cave stating that "Lovely Creatures lost, for a time, its place in the narrative". Since its postponement the band have recorded and released their highly acclaimed 16th studio album Skeleton Tree. Read a statement from Nick Cave here.

Watch the trailer for Lovely Creatures:

Time for some listening? Check out our I Like: Nick Cave playlist on Spotify which features our favourite Bad Seeds tracks together with a few Birthday Party tracks (including "Release the Bats" and "Nick the Stripper") and of course the Boys Next Door’s amazing first single "Shivers". Let us know if you reckon we’ve missed something essential and we might add it.

 Lovely Creatures The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1984 - 2014 is available now on Mute Records/BMG in the following formats (with tracklistings below):

Double CD:

2 CDs (21 tracks) with booklet


  1. Loverman
  2. Tupelo
  3. Deanna
  4. From Her To Eternity
  5. The Weeping Song
  6. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  7. People Ain't No Good
  8. Higgs Boson Blues
  9. Straight To You
  10. Where The Wild Roses Grow


  1. Into My Arms
  2. Love Letter
  3. Red Right Hand
  4. The Mercy Seat
  5. O Children
  6. The Ship Song
  7. Stranger Than Kindness
  8. Jubilee Street
  9. Nature Boy
  10. We No Who U R
  11. Stagger Lee

Triple Vinyl:

3 Heavyweight 12” vinyl (21 tracks) with a triple gatefold sleeve

Side A

  1. Loverman
  2. Tupelo
  3. Deanna
  4. From Her To Eternity

Side B

  1. The Weeping Song
  2. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  3. People Ain't No Good

Side C

  1. Higgs Boson Blues
  2. Straight To You
  3. Where The Wild Rose Grow

Side D

  1. Into My Arms
  2. Love Letter
  3. Red Right Hand
  4. The Mercy Seat

Side E

  1. O Children
  2. The Ship Song
  3. Stranger Than Kindness

Side F 

  1. Jubilee Street
  2. Nature Boy
  3. We No Who U R
  4. Stagger Lee

Deluxe 3CD & DVD:

3 CDs (45 tracks) and two hour DVD featuring live performances, rare footage and interviews with a 48 page book

Super Deluxe 3CD & DVD with Hardcover Book (aka the "Mac Daddy"):

Box set comprised of 3 CDs and two hour DVD with a hardcover book containing original essays, candid and personal photos taken by the band family and friends, and reproductions of band memorabilia

CD1: 1984 -1993

  1. From Her To Eternity
  2. In The Ghetto
  3. Tupelo
  4. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
  5. The Carny
  6. Sad Waters
  7. Stranger Than Kindness
  8. Scum
  9. The Mercy Seat
  10. Deanna
  11. Up Jumped The Devil
  12. The Weeping Song
  13. The Ship Song
  14. Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
  15. Straight To You           

CD2: 1994 – 2003          

  1. Do You Love Me?
  2. Nobody's Baby Now
  3. Loverman
  4. Red Right Hand
  5. Stagger Lee
  6. Where The Wild Roses Grow
  7. Into My Arms
  8. People Ain't No Good
  9. Brompton Oratory
  10. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
  11. Come Into My Sleep
  12. Love Letter
  13. God Is In The House
  14. He Wants You
  15. Shoot Me Down 

CD3: 2004 – 2013          

  1. Hiding All Away
  2. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
  3. Nature Boy
  4. Breathless
  5. Babe, You Turn Me On
  6. O Children
  7. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  8. Night Of The Lotus Eaters
  9. We Call Upon The Author
  10. Jesus Of The Moon
  11. More News From Nowhere
  12. We No Who U R
  13. Jubilee Street
  14. Higgs Boson Blues
  15. Push The Sky Away


  1. Interview, ‘Kippevel’, Netherlands, 1988
  2. Night of the Lotus Eaters, Docks de Suds, Marseilles, France, 2008
  3. Red Right Hand, Glastonbury Festival, UK, 1988
  4. The Weeping Song, ‘Boxed Set’, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001
  5. Interview, New York, USA, 2013
  6. Higgs Boson Blues, La Fabrique Studios, France, 2012
  7. Interview, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ documentary, Berlin, Germany, 1987
  8. From Her To Eternity, Perkins Palace, Pasadena, USA, 1984
  9. Love Letter, ABC Studios, Australia, 2001
  10. Interview, ’Bish’s Biz’, Australia, 2013
  11. Do You Love Me?, ‘Boxed Set’, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001
  12. Interview, ‘Boxed Set’, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001
  13. Into My Arms, INmusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008
  14. We Call Upon The Author, B1 Maximum Club, Moscow, Russia, 2009
  15. Interview, ‘Ein Abend in Wien’, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1991
  16. The Mercy Seat, Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996
  17. Interview, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1984
  18. God Is In The House, ‘Later With Jools Holland’, London, 2001
  19. Interview, ’Bish’s Biz’ Australia, 2013
  20. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Globe Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008
  21. Brompton Oratory, ‘MTV Live n Loud’, 1997
  22. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman, Posthof, Linz, Austria, 1986
  23. Jubilee Street, The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013
  24. The Ship Song, ‘Live at Paradiso DVD’, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992
  25. Interview, Lollapalooza, USA, 1994
  26. Loverman, Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996
  27. Interview, Australia, 1988
  28. In The Ghetto, Exit, Chicago, USA, 1984
  29. Hiding All Away, ‘The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD’, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004
  30. Interview, Australia, 1992
  31. Where the Wild Roses Grow, ‘MTV Most Wanted’, London, UK, 1995
  32. Deanna, St Luke’s, London, UK, 2008
  33. O Children, Le Trianon, Paris, France, 2013
  34. Interview, Festival Crazy Rock, Chile, 1996
  35. Stagger Lee, The White Room, London, UK, 1996
  36. Interview, ‘Austin City Limits’, Austin, Texas, USA, 2014
  37. Interview, Australia, 1995
  38. Push The Sky Away, The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013
  39. There She Goes, My Beautiful World, ‘The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD’, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004

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