The titular lovely creatures are the songs, and as Mr Cave told us in a Press release: “There are some people out there who just don’t know where to start with The Bad Seeds. This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making; 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.”
Which tells you most of what you need to know. This compilation, which stretches out to three CDs, a DVD and a book (we just have the double album) is the band’s picks from their first 15 albums, from From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away.
Songs include Stagger Lee and The Mercy Seat, as well as Red Right Hand (the theme to Peaky Blinders, with other Cave songs featuring in the show, not least Tupelo, also on here).
There’s no doubt about it, Cave is a genius and these songs are a joy, though the lyrics are not always safe for young ears.
It’s all good, whether it’s the mournful People Ain’t No Good or the rollocking Dig Lazarus Digg!!! or Nature Boy, or the soulful Higgs Bosun Blues. Or Red Right Hand on solid repeat, come to that. We No You UR is on, too.