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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party were an Australian post-punk band, from 1977 to 1983. Formed in Melbourne, the band were one of thedarkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early ’80s, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes thatprovided the perfect setting for vocalist Nick Cave’s difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence, and perversity. Their sounddrew upon punk, rockabilly, free jazz and the rawest blues, but transcended concise categorization. Under the direction of Caveand guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band tore through reams of blues and rockabilly licks, spitting ...read more

The Birthday Party were an Australian post-punk band, from 1977 to 1983. Formed in Melbourne, the band were one of thedarkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early ’80s, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes thatprovided the perfect setting for vocalist Nick Cave’s difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence, and perversity. Their sounddrew upon punk, rockabilly, free jazz and the rawest blues, but transcended concise categorization. Under the direction of Caveand guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band tore through reams of blues and rockabilly licks, spitting out hellacious feedback andnoise at an unrelenting pace. As The Birthday Party’s career progressed, Cave’s vision got darker and the band’s songsalternated between dirges and 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 bandmoved 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 inthe U.K. and U.S. While the band was preparing to record the follow-up, Pew was jailed for drunk driving; former Magazinemember Barry Adamson, Harry Howard, and Chris Walsh filled in for the absent Pew on 1982’s Junkyard. « hide

Similar Bands: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Pop Group , Lubricated Goat, These Immortal Souls, The Boys Next Door

LPs
Junk Yard
1982

3.9
148 Votes
Prayers on Fire
1981

3.9
181 Votes
The Birthday Party
1980

3.6
50 Votes
EPs
Mutiny!
1983

3.7
14 Votes
The Bad Seed
1983

3.8
13 Votes
Live Albums
Live 1981-82
1999

4.1
18 Votes
It's Still Living
1985

4
4 Votes
Compilations
The John Peel Sessions
2001

4.5
1 Votes
Hits
1992

4.2
14 Votes
Mutiny/The Bad Seed EP
1989

4.1
63 Votes
Hee-Haw
1980

4
14 Votes

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