Editors Debut “Upside Down” Live Ahead Of ‘Black Gold’ Release

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In just two days, Editors will release their greatest hits compilation, Black Gold: Best Of Editors. In addition to 13 beloved singles spanning their six albums, the compilation will also include three brand new songs. We’ve already heard – and loved – “Frankenstein” and “Black Gold,” but we’ve been waiting to hear “Upside Down.” Today, Editors finally unveiled the song when they performed it live on the German show, ZDF Morgenmagazin.

In contrast to the confident energy of both “Frankenstein” and “Black Gold,” “Upside Down” takes us to a softer soundscape. Over gentle piano and strumming acoustic guitar, frontman Tom Smith sings of a love holding strong through hard times. “You could be upside down, but I’ll hang with you,” he promises, before pleading that she never give up, even when things aren’t easy. It’s a beautiful and emotionally vulnerable song that shows Editors’ sensitive side.

Enjoy the stripped down live rendition, as performed on ZDF Morgenmagazin in Berlin earlier this morning.

Watch Editors’ live debut of “Upside Down” below:

The studio version of “Upside Down” will appear Editors’ upcoming greatest hits album, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, due out in just two days on October 25th. You can pre-order the album now and get instant downloads of “Frankenstein” and “Black Gold,” plus an acoustic version of their 2007 single “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” if you opt for the deluxe edition.

Additionally, every order of Black Gold: Best Of Editors on vinyl or CD from Editors’ official site will come with a bonus 8-track Snowfield The Snowfield Demos CD. The Snowfield Demos is an extremely rare recording from 2003, before Editors were even called Editors. (Indeed, they went by Snowfield when they made that EP.)

Best Of Album

Fans first heard “Frankenstein” when Editors debuted it live. The song was officially released in June. That same month, we also uncovered the song titles “Upside Down” and “Black Gold” when they were registered on ASCAP. Each of the three new songs list all five Editors members as writers. Interestingly, “Black Gold” also lists Andy Burrows as a co-writer.

Editors recorded “Frankenstein,” “Upside Down,” and “Black Gold” with producer Jacknife Lee in March this year. Jacknife previously produced Editors’ second album, An End Has A Start – the same record that gave us “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors.”

Black Gold features 13 songs spanning all of Editors’ albums: The Back Room (2005), An End Has A Start (2007), In This Light And On This Evening (2009), The Weight Of Your Love (2013), In Dream (2015), and Violence (2018). It additionally features 3 new songs, and a deluxe edition bonus disc comes with acoustic recordings of 8 well-known songs.

Check out the full tracklisting of Black Gold: Best Of Editors below:

  1. Frankenstein
  2. Papillon
  3. Munich
  4. Sugar
  5. Hallelujah (So Low)
  6. An End Has A Start
  7. Upside Down
  8. Bullets
  9. Ocean Of Night
  10. No Harm
  11. Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
  12. A Ton Of Love
  13. Magazine
  14. The Racing Rats
  15. Black Gold
  16. No Sound But The Wind

Deluxe edition bonus disc tracks:

  1. Violence (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  2. Walk The Fleet Road (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  3. Blood (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  4. Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  5. Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  6. Fall (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  7. Two Hearted Spider (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  8. Distance (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

Editors - Black Gold

Best Of Tour

To celebrate Black Gold: Best Of Editors, the band will also tour in support of their upcoming greatest hits. Editors will kick off their European tour in Paris on January 30, 2020 and will eventually finish in the Netherlands on June 27, 2020. Find dates and tickets now!

Dates have not yet been announced for other parts of the world. Fingers crossed Editors will add more countries and cities!

More From Editors

Just last year, Editors released their 6th album, Violence. (It was one of our favorites of 2018.) After extensive touring and four singles – “Magazine,” “Hallelujah (So Low),” “Darkness At The Door,” and “Cold” – the band shared an alternate version of the album with The Blanck Mass Sessions, made up of earlier versions of the Violence songs. The album, released last May, featured their previously unreleased Violence song, “Barricades.”

Beyond Editors, the band members are also working on separate music projects. Frontman Tom Smith rejoined his other group, Smith & Burrows, to perform a brand new song. “All The Best Moves” is set to appear on their long-awaited second album together. They just finished recording it in Tennessee recording with producer Jacquire King. In the coming months, we’ll likely get more info on the new music and when we’ll get to hear it.

Tom also appeared on a song with UNKLE called “The Other Side” last December, and then on “Crucifixion / A Prophet” in March.

More Editors & Tom Smith News

Black Gold

Enjoy the live debut of “Upside Down,” and get ready to hear the studio version on Editors’ new greatest hits album, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, on October 25th! We only have two days left now! As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Editors music news.

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