Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new compilation album Lovely Creatures

The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 1984-2014 features favorites old and new, as well as rare photos and concert footage

    Photo by Ben Kaye

    The impressive and expansive discography of Nick Cave will be highlighted in an upcoming compilation album. Titled Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 1984-2014, it’s slated to hit shelves on May 5th through Mute/BMG.

    Compiled by Cave himself with the help of Bad Seeds founding member Mick Harvey, the release includes live favorites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat” and recent beloved cuts “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R”. There are also songs which have appeared on film and TV soundtracks, such as Harry Potter selection “O Children” and Peaky Blinders inclusion “Red Right Hand”.

    Cave spoke about the LP in a press statement:

    “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.”


    Lovely Creatures will be available in four different formats: Standard CD, Triple LP, Deluxe 3CD with DVD and the Super Deluxe Limited Edition package. A collection of previously unseen photos, as well as a series of original essays, comes packaged as part of a limited edition “Super Deluxe” version of the album. Both deluxe editions feature a two-hour DVD comprised of rare and archived live footage.

    Lovely Creatures Formats:

    Double CD
    2 CDs (21 tracks) with booklet

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

    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
    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

    Lovely Creatures Artwork:


    Lovely Creatures Tracklists:

    Double CD
    01. Loverman
    02. Tupelo
    03. Deanna
    04. From Her To Eternity
    05. The Weeping Song
    06. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    07. People Ain’t No Good
    08. Higgs Boson Blues
    09. Straight To You
    10. Where The Wild Roses Grow

    01. Into My Arms
    02. Love Letter
    03. Red Right Hand
    04. The Mercy Seat
    05. O Children
    06. The Ship Song
    07. Stranger Than Kindness
    08. Jubilee Street
    09. Nature Boy
    10. We No Who U R
    11. Stagger Lee


    Triple Vinyl
    Side A
    01. Loverman
    02. Tupelo
    03. Deanna
    04. From Her To Eternity

    Side B
    01. The Weeping Song
    02. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    03. People Ain’t No Good

    Side C
    01. Higgs Boson Blues
    02. Straight To You
    03. Where The Wild Rose Grow

    Side D
    01. Into My Arms
    02. Love Letter
    03. Red Right Hand
    04. The Mercy Seat

    Side E
    01. O Children
    02. The Ship Song
    03. Stranger Than Kindness

    Side F
    01. Jubilee Street
    02. Nature Boy
    03. We No Who U R
    04. Stagger Lee

    Deluxe 3CD & DVD / Super Deluxe 3CD & DVD with Hardcover Book
    CD1: 1984 -1993
    01. From Her To Eternity
    02. In The Ghetto
    03. Tupelo
    04. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman
    05. The Carny
    06. Sad Waters
    07. Stranger Than Kindness
    08. Scum
    09. 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
    01. Do You Love Me?
    02. Nobody’s Baby Now
    03. Loverman
    04. Red Right Hand
    05. Stagger Lee
    06. Where The Wild Roses Grow
    07. Into My Arms
    08. People Ain’t No Good
    09. 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
    01. Hiding All Away
    02. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
    03. Nature Boy
    04. Breathless
    05. Babe, You Turn Me On
    06. O Children
    07. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    08. Night Of The Lotus Eaters
    09. 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


    01. Interview, ‘Kippevel’, Netherlands, 1988
    02. Night of the Lotus Eaters, Docks de Suds, Marseilles, France, 2008
    03. Red Right Hand, Glastonbury Festival, UK, 1988
    04. The Weeping Song, ‘Boxed Set’, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001
    05. Interview, New York, USA, 2013
    06. Higgs Boson Blues, La Fabrique Studios, France, 2012
    07. Interview, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ documentary, Berlin, Germany, 1987
    08. From Her To Eternity, Perkins Palace, Pasadena, USA, 1984
    09. 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

    Cave released a more detailed statement on Lovely Creatures via his website:

    Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds was initially scheduled for release in the autumn of 2015. Thirty years or so had passed since the band had formed and much had happened during that time – the band morphing into as many versions of itself as there were albums to reflect this. It felt, to me, a good time to pay tribute to this unique creation.

    The release of Push the Sky Away in 2013 felt, after so many reinventions, not just another incarnation but the throwing open of the doors to a new way for us as a band to make music. I read Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s diary-essay that completes the text for the book and I remember those times in all their creative joy, but from a great distance; for time and sudden fate had since created a different person to inhabit this old skin. Time became ancient history in a heartbeat as circumstances beyond my control took hold. It then became imperative and a matter of great urgency to make a new record and allow this different person to speak.

    The Bad Seeds made Skeleton Tree in Paris towards the end of 2015 – in a strange, raw and different present. Whatever Skeleton Tree became, it was a wholly necessary addition to the band’s story. Lovely Creatures lost, for a time, its place in the narrative. Now, it seems the time is right to recognise and celebrate the Bad Seeds and their many achievements. So here, at last, it is: Lovely Creatures.