Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Birthday Party Discography

Prayers On Fire (1981)

Junk Yard (1982)
Mutiny (The Bad Seed E.P) (1983)
The Peel Sessions

The Birthday Party Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Birthday Party were one of the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early '80s, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes that provided the perfect setting for vocalist Nick Cave's difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence, and perversity. Under the direction of Cave and guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band tore through reams of blues and rockabilly licks, spitting out hellacious feedback and noise at an unrelenting pace. As the Birthday Party's career progressed, Cave's vision got darker and the band's songs alternated between dirges to blistering sonic assaults.
Originally, the Australian band was called the Boys Next Door, comprising Cave, Howard, Mick Harvey (guitar, drums, organ, piano), bassist Tracy Pew, and drummer Phill Calvert. After the Door Door album and Hee Haw EP under that name, the band moved to London and switched its name to the deceptively benign Birthday Party. Once they arrived in Britain, their demented, knotty post-punk began to gel. They released their first international album, Prayers on Fire, in 1981, earning critical praise in the U.K. and U.S. While the band was preparing to record the follow-up, Pew was jailed for drunk driving; former Magazine member Barry Adamson, Harry Howard, and Chris Walsh filled in for the absent Pew on 1982's Junkyard. After the release of Junkyard, the Birthday Party fired Calvert and moved to Germany, where they began collaborating with such experimental post-punk acts like Lydia Lunch and Einst├╝rzende Neubauten. Harvey left in the summer of 1983. The group briefly continued with drummer Des Heffner, but it soon disbanded after a final concert in Melbourne, Australia. Cave had the most successful solo career, recording a series of albums in the '80s and '90s that maintained his status as a popular cult figure; Harvey joined Cave's backing band, the Bad Seeds. Howard joined Crime & the City Solution, which also featured his brother Harry and Harvey.

If You have more records by The Birthday Party - share! :)


Blogger Aleksandar said...

BRAVO! A now ,your next post CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION Discography,Right?

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Blogger humppazoid said...

Privet, towarish Alexandar!:) I have no CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION discs, but will check out if my friends have:)

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Nick Cave!

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Blogger Sue said...

I'm turning 17 this May, I hope my birthday will be so memorable. For sure no one will dare to surprise me on my, so, I'll be the one who will prepare my birthday party. Since I love Screamo and punk music, maybe I can use some those songs of Nick Cave. For sure, my party is outdoors. Since I'm currently living in San Diego, tent rentals here are affordable. I'll just hire one. Just what my sister did, she hired tent rentals (Sacramento-based).

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