When we posted the video for Fever Ray’s “Seven,” I included a stream of her (and Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid’s) take on Vashti Bunyan’s “Here Before.” As mentioned then, it shows up on a two-song tour 7″ along with a cover of Nick Cave’s “Stranger Than Kindness.” (Maybe you picked a copy up when she stopped by Webster Hall?) As far as the lineage, “Stranger”‘s from Cave & The Bad Seed’s 1986 fourth album Your Funeral… My Trial. Cave’s then girlfriend/muse/collaborator/etc Anita Lane wrote the lyrics. Bad Seed/Einstürzende Neubautener Blixa Bargeld wrote the music and played guitar on the original. Dark period, dark stuff. This is what Karin Dreijer does with it.
It looks like there are still copies of the 7″ at www.feverray.com. Unless they just haven’t updated the site. It’s already sold out at Rough Trade. Here’s Cave & The Bad Seeds tearing into the original: