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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds release unheard Ghosteen song "Earthlings"

16 September 2021, 14:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have shared the previously unheard Ghosteen song "Earthlings", which is lifted from their B-Sides & Rarities Part II album.

After announcing B-Sides & Rarities Part II with the previously unreleased track "Vortex" last month, a second track from the album has been unveiled, titled "Earthlings".

The song is a previously unheard song from the Ghosteen album sessions. Cave said, ""Earthlings" is the missing link that binds Ghosteen together. A lovely song that just got away…"

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 said of the album last month, "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 added, "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."

"Earthlings" 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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