Gone But Not Forgotten! NICK CAVE And THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1976–1983)

Back in time

12 December 2021

Who: One of the most chaotic, disordered, savage post-punk bands
in rock’s turbulent history. Originally known as The Boys Next Door) these
desperados left their home country Australia, moved to London, and started
a hellish adventure. Voice and face was a young disoriented, out-of-his-mind
junkie called Nick Cave who acted like a self-destructive anarchist. The music
was raw, rough and rowdy. TBP was one of those rare bands with an instant flabbergasting impact on your senses. One you’ll never forget once you
heard/saw them.

Active: 1976–1983
Albums: 1 as The Boys Next Door
and 3 as The Birthday Party

Original line-up…

Nick Cave – vocals, saxophone
Mick Harvey – guitar, drums, keyboards
Rowland S. Howard – guitar, vocals (R.I.P.)
Tracy Pew – bass, clarinet (R.I.P.)
Phill Calvert – drums

1-2-3 TBP moments…





(Band pic on top: cover of ‘John Peel Sessions’ album)

Amazing Artwork – THE BIRTHDAY PARTY 40 Years Ago

Great album cover art

Band: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1978-1983)
Who: Maniacal Australian gang fronted by
a young Nick Cave.

Artwork: Cover of their third and final LP JUNKYARD
released 10 May 1982. 40 years ago.

Drawing by American cartoonists Ed Roth and Dave Christensen.
The image looks like how NME described the BP back then:
“The Birthday Party are awful. Subversively awful. Awesomely great.
Awesomely brilliant.”

Key track: Dead Joe


Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – 5 Ace Albums Turning 40 In 2022

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Released: 30 September 1982 – his 5th LP
Charts: #3 in the US and in the UK

Pitchfork: “To put on Nebraska and hear its world of
echo is to enter a dream. As Bruce Springsteen’s songs go,
these are very good ones, but their true meaning came out
in the presentation. It’s an essential record in the history
of home recording
“. Score: 5/5.

TUTV: Minimal sound, maximal effect.

Stream here…


2. ‘A Kiss In The Dreamhouse’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

Released: 5 November 1982 – their fifth LP
Charts: #11 in the UK

NME said: “A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is a feat of imagination scarcely
ever recorded. It’s breathtaking. Somehow, a bold assurance of intention
has met with a hunger for experimenting with sound to expand an already
formidable group of songs into pure, open-minded ambiguity.”
Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Suzy and her Banshees at their very Gothic best with
Slowdive as one of their all-time classic singles (to my ears).

Stream here…


3. ‘Junkyard’ by THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Released: 10 May 1982
The band’s second and final LP

AllMusic: “Scuzzy masterpiece, its art/psych/blues/punk
fusion taken to at times outrageous heights. Nearly every
tune is a Party classic one way or another.”
Score: 3/5.

TUTV: The BP accomplished its mission: self-destruction.
After this schizophrenic blast, they went down with
a clashing crash.

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4. ‘Miami’ by THE GUN CLUB

Released: 20 September 1982 – second LP
Produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein

AllMusic: “Miami was given a rough go when it was issued for
its production. But in the bird’s-eye view of history its songs stack
up, track for track, with Fire of Love and continue to echo well
into this long good night.
” Score: 4.5.

TUTV: Punk blues at its fervent best.

Stream here…


5. ‘Upstairs At Eric’s by YAZOO

Released: 20 August 1982 – debut LP
Charts: #2 in the UK

Melody Maker
said: “An album of rich, dark passion, forever
burying the hoary old moan that electronics and synthesizers
will never be any good because they don’t have a button on
the front that says ’emotion'”

TUTV: Big voice, big tunes, big synth thrills.

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6.’Combat Rock’ by THE CLASH

7. ‘Imperial Bedrrom’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

8. ‘New Gold Dream’ by SIMPLE MINDS

9. Fourth Drawer Down by THE ASSOCIATES

10. ‘Too Rye Ay’ by Dexys Midnight Runners

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1982…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Killer Crackers
and 3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s an eclectic year to remember: 1982

The 25 Killer Crackers


The 3 Top Albums


Stream here…

– ‘Junkyard‘ by THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Upstairs At Eric’s by YAZOO


See/hear you next week for another year…