Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Unveil Unreleased ‘Ghosteen’ B-side ‘Earthlings’

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Unveil Unreleased ‘Ghosteen’ B-side ‘Earthlings’

Posted 17 Sep 2021
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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Redferns/Getty Images.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have unveiled a previously unreleased track titled Earthlings from their upcoming B-Sides & Rarities Part II collection

Earthlings is a stunning, meditative offering that Cave himself has dubbed, “The finest track of the Ghosteen sessions.” It originated during the band's 2019 recording sessions for their highly acclaimed album and is the second track to preview the release. 

Earthlings is the missing link that binds Ghosteen together," Cave said. "A lovely song that just got away…” Listen below.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Earthlings [Lyric Video] 

“I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums. 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.”

B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds. 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, the long-anticipated follow-up to 2005’s B-Sides & Rarities, is a compilation by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis featuring 27 rare recordings made between 2006-2020. The extensive collection will be available on double vinyl, double CD and Limited Edition 7LP Box Set (Part I & II). This will be the first time the entire collection will be pressed on vinyl – arriving October 22nd, pre-order here. 

Earlier this month, The Bad Seeds dropped another previously unreleased track from the collection titled Vortex, with a music video featuring a stack of archival live footage – check it out here. 


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