By Noah Yoo and Matthew Strauss.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have announced a new box set called Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014. It’s out May 5 via Mute Records/BMG. Cave, founding member Mick Harvey, and the current Bad Seeds compiled the collection, which is available in 2xCD, 3xCD/DVD/48-page book, and 3xLP editions. There is also a Super Deluxe Limited Edition that has three CDs, a two-hour DVD, and a 256-page hardcover book featuring essays, photos, reproductions of memorabilia. The DVD includes performance video, interviews, and other rare footage. Below, read Cave’s statement on Lovely Creatures and watch the trailer for it. Find his Afterword from the book here.
“Lovely Creature” is the name of a track on Cave & the Bad Seeds’ 1996 album Murder Ballads. Cave was recently awarded the Badge of Honor for Service to Australia. In January, it was announced that he and Warren Ellis arere scoring a new Jeremy Renner movie, Wind Runner.
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.
This story originally appeared on Pitchfork.
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