Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds announce new compilation, book and DVD

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will release Lovely Creatures in May.

Ever wondered what the big deal is about Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds?

Feel too daunted by their immense, 16 album catalogue and don’t know where to start?

Maybe you’ve dipped your toe in the water and it just didn’t feel right. Maybe you’re just sick of everyone raving about them so you’ve given up trying to understand.

If you fall into any of these categories, Nick Cave reckons that his new compilation, Lovely Creatures, might be just what you need.


“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!” he said in a statement today.

“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.”

The release will feature music from 1984 to 2014 (so nothing from last year’s Skeleton Tree), all selected by Nick Cave and Mick Harvey.

It will be available in four different formats – Standard CD, Triple LP, Deluxe 3CD with DVD and the Super Deluxe Limited Edition package – depending on how big a fan of the band you are.

And yes, there is definitely plenty here for the already rusted on Cave fans.

Members of the Bad Seeds (past and present) have raided their personal archives and uncovered a stack of photos and memorabilia, which has all gone into a special hardcover book, accompanied by a bunch of original essays.

There’s also a DVD available that will have a couple of hours of archive footage, plenty of which you probably haven’t seen before.

The whole thing is out on Friday 5 May. Interestingly, it was originally going to be released in 2015, after the band had made Push The Sky Away, but as Cave explains, he needed to make last year’s Skeleton Tree instead.

“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,” he writes.

“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.”

Get the full track lists for the different versions over at the Nick Cave website