* UK promo sticker

"Edie (Ciao Baby)" was released as the second single on 26 July 1989. A promotional video was also created. An acoustic version of the song was released in 2000 on the compilation album The Best of Rare Cult.

 

This song is about Edie Sedgwick, a socialite who formed part of the artist Andy Warhol's Factory scene in New York in the '60s. Sedgwick featured in several Warhol films, including Poor Little Rich Girl and Beauty No. 2. Her final movie role was as Susan Superstar in Ciao! Manhattan, which was written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman. This song takes the "Ciao Baby" part of its title from this film. Sedgwick lived a troubled life that was plagued by mental health issues and drug addictions. In 1971, Sedgwick died of an overdose. She was 28 years old. The film, Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller, is about Sedgwick.


The Cult's front man, Ian Astbury, became interested in Sedgwick while the band were recording their Electric album in New York: "It was kinda like I was really interested in Warhol's scene, The Velvet Underground [who Warhol managed between 1965-1967], and really interested in Edie Sedgwick and just was compelled to write something about it." Guitarist, Billy Duffy added: "Just being in New York you can get wrapped up in it. It's a very special place. That's just basically what the songs about. It's not really about her particularly, it's her used as an example."

The cover of the single features the iconic Ciao! Manhattan photo.



EDIE PROMO STANDEE EDIE PROMO STANDEE CDS
* UK promo counterstand w/ empty 3" cd single cardboard sleeve * UK promo counterstand 'Edie - picture disc' 12" x 12"

Edie (Hola Baby), 7", ARG, EMI -519B, promo, split single with Inner City
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", AUS, BEG230, w/ Bleeding Heart Graffiti
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", CAN, 874 668 7, w/ Medicine Train
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", FRA, BEG 230LC, jukebox pressing, black sleeve, w/ Bleeding Heart Graffiti
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", GER, 112 419, promo, w/ Sun King (sleeve says Bleeding Heart Graffiti)
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", UK, CULT13, promo blue picture sleeve + press release
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", UK, BEG 230, w/ Bleeding Heart Graffiti
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", UK, BEG 230, white label test pressing, w/ Bleeding Heart Graffiti
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", UK, BEG 230G, gatefold case ltd. numbered ed. #1631
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", USA, 7 22873, double A-side, plain sleeve
Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", USA, 22873-7, plain sleeve, Love Removal Machine (Live)

Edie (Ciao Baby), 12", AUS, BEG 230T
Edie (Ciao Baby), 12", CAN, DJV 346, promo, plain sleeve
Edie (Ciao Baby), 12", CAN, 87 4699 1, disc 2 of Sonic Temple Collection w/ free enamel badge
Edie (Ciao Baby), 12"/ 7", GER, 612419/112419, promo pack w/ release sheet
Edie (Ciao Baby), 12", UK, BEG 230T
Edie (Ciao Baby), 12", UK, BEG 230T, white label test pressing w/ stickered sleeve

Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, CAN, 87 4699 2, sealed blisterpack w/ free enamel badge
Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, OOS, 662 419
Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, UK, BEG 230CD, 3 track promo white CD, blue cardboard picture sleeve
Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, UK, BEG 230CD, 3" cds in original 'WEA' blisterpack
Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, UK, BEG 230CP, picture disc
Edie (Ciao Baby), CDS, USA, PRO-CD-3631, promo

Edie (Ciao Baby), TAPE, CAN, 8746694, EP
Edie (Ciao Baby), TAPE, UK, BEG230C, w/ Bleeding Heart Graffiti
Edie (Ciao Baby), TAPE, USA, 9 22873-4, w/ Love Removal Machine (live)

Edie (Ciao Baby), VID, UK, promo with stickered sleeve
Edie (Ciao Baby), VID, UK, 1-track promo, plain sleeve w/ press release sheet

                 EDIE PROMO WINDOW STICKER
                 * 12" x 8" UK 'Edie' promotional peel-off window film sticker (1989)


EDIE PROMO POSTCARD EDIE PROMO POSTCARD BACK
* UK promo postcard 'Edie' w/ release date, formats, order info.

1-page German pressrelease sheet w/ black-white pic and tour dates

UK PRESS RELEASE SHEET EDIE