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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds announce B-Sides & Rarities Part II with "Vortex"

19 August 2021, 13:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced B-Sides & Rarities Part II, the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's B-Sides & Rarities Part I, and have shared the previously unreleased track "Vortex" to accompany the news.

"Vortex" is the first taster of B-Sides & Rarities Part II, and was written and recorded in 2006 by Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The song was never released due to them not being able to decide whether it was a Grinderman or Bad Seeds song.

B-Sides & Rarities Part II is the long-awaited follor-up to 2005's B-Sides & Rarities Part I. It will feature 27 rare/unreleased tracks from 2006-2020, including the first recordings of "Skeleton Tree", "Girl In Amber" and "Bright Horses".

Cave says, "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."

He adds, "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."


  1. Hey Little Firing Squad
  2. Fleeting Love
  3. Accidents Will Happen
  4. Free To Walk (With Debbie Harry)
  5. Avalanche*
  6. Vortex
  7. Needle Boy
  8. Lightning Bolts
  9. Animal X
  10. Give Us a Kiss
  11. Push The Sky Away
  12. First Skeleton Tree
  13. King Sized Nick Cave Blues
  14. Opium Eyes
  15. Big Dream (With Sky)
  16. Instrumental #33
  17. Hell Villanelle
  18. Euthanasia
  19. Life Per Se
  20. Steve McQueen
  21. First Bright Horses
  22. First Girl in Amber
  23. Glacier
  24. Heart that Kills You
  25. First Waiting for You
  26. Sudden Song
  27. Earthlings
"Vortex" is out now. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' B-Sides & Rarities Part II will arrive 22 October, and is available to pre-order now.
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