Watch a previously unseen performance of Nick Cave's Earthlings, live in London

Nick Cave
(Image credit: Cave Things)

Nick Cave has shared a previously unseen performance clip of Earthlings, an out-take from his acclaimed Ghosteen album sessions. 

The intimate footage finds Cave, Warren Ellis and co performing at the Battersea Arts Centre in London, and was originally filmed by Andrew Dominik for Cave's acclaimed 2022 film This Much I Know To Be True but the song didn't make the final cut.

Written by Cave and Ellis during the Ghosteen sessions in 2018 where it was known as ‘Krishna’, the track saw the light of day on  2021’s B-Sides & Rarities Part II

The new clip accompanies the release of the Earthlings picture disc - a collectors’ piece exclusively available from the singer's Cave Things website.

"Earthlings is the missing link that binds Ghosteen together," says Cave. "A lovely song that just got away. Yet another entry into the mighty and mysterious work The Secret Life of Children."

The seven inch picture disc is available in a clear sleeve with a colour printed disc using a found photo. 

Cave recently released a new book, Faith, Hope and Carnage (opens in new tab), collecting together pandemic conversations the singer had with Observer journalist Sean O'Hagan.

The pair will be in conversation at the London Literature Festival at at the Royal Festival Hall on October 27. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.