Nick Cave’s first band. A wild, off-the-wall take on post punk, goth rock and punk blues with screeching guitars, pumping bass and wailing vocals. Nick is completely insane here. I actually prefer their record Prayers on Fire to this one but I like this one. The global stats do not. This record is surely not for everyone. Favorite song: Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow) Least favorite song: 6” Gold Blade
This is one of those albums that sounds like its cover. It has the atmosphere of walking down a back alley full of deranged bums at night, and I mean that in the best possible way. It's the saying "I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it" in musical form. It's the kind of thing that Lou Reed probably wished he had made. That being said, it's a bit too wacky to go in my regular rotation, although I'd definitely bring it out on Halloween, or after a Fearnet binge if Fearnet still existed. Best song: Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow), which reminds me of the "The killer awoke before dawn" part of The End.
I respect Nick Cave but this ain't it chief. A really angry and worse Joy Division. Almost unlistenable as a whole.
4.7 + hits you like an ice pick to the temple or oozes on like a bucket of swamp sludge.
Never listened before and I loved it!
Very dark and noisy. Not sure if the timeline is correct to guess that Cave was influenced by Tom Waits, but that was what I was hearing. I have difficulty hearing the blues roots here, except on a rare few songs. Favorite song was She's Hit, least favorite is Kewpie Doll.
Jangly discordant post-punk! Young Nick Cave tries to emulate Tom Waits. I really liked this, but can see why it scores low, I guess. "Pere Ubu" have a similarly low scoring album, so jangly discordant post-punk obviously rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Fave track - "She's Hit"
This album is naaaasty, its rude, mean, loud, and just weird. Pretty cool listen, will definitely come back
The Party's second and final full studio album, also the final release with the five-person lineup, was perhaps its scuzzy masterpiece, its art/psych/blues/punk fusion taken to at times outrageous heights. Right from its start, nobody held back on anything, Cave's now-demonic vocals in full roar while the rest of the players revamped rhythm & blues and funk into a blood-soaked cabaret exorcism. Nearly every tune is a Party classic one way or another, from the opening slow, sexy grind of "She's Hit," Cave's freaked tale of death and destruction matched by clattering percussion and a perversely crisp guitar from Howard, to the ending title track's crawl toward a last gruesome ending. Tips of the hat to literary influences surface at points, notably "Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)," though the protagonist isn't so much the indecisive tragic figure of Shakespeare as a Romeo-quoting criminal on the loose. The ultimate Party song sits smack dab at the center -- "Big-Jesus-Trash-Can," a hilarious and blasphemous blues/jazz show tune with some great brass from Harvey to top it all off. Guest performers crop up at points; future Bad Seed Barry Adamson plays bass on "Kiss Me Black," while Anita Lane contributes two sets of lyrics if not her direct vocals. Later CD versions included three extra tracks. "Blast Off" and "Release the Bats" were originally issued as a single; both seethe with rage and fire in spades. The latter is at once powerful and a bit of a tongue-in-cheek goth goof, with Cave serving up lines like "Don't tell me that it doesn't hurt/A hundred fluttering in your skirt." The other bonus, a second version of the album's "Dead Joe" recorded in London, is if anything even more frenetically gone than the original, a car crash sample punctuating the lyrical reference to same all the more.
I'm glad I was baby in the 80's and couldn't listen to this music.
Post-punk has never been so weird. The thing to note about early post-punk is that the only unifying trait is the will to experiment on the punk genre. This leads to a wide range of different artist, with some experimenting more than others. The Birthday Party, in this case, leads more into the experimental side. Junkyard sounds like a junkyard. It's rusty, malformed, and a little dangerous. If punk rock were a Ford Model T, post-punk would be a T-Bucket. The Birthday Party wants you to feel kinda gross listening to this, like punk blues that's been dragged through the mud. this is accentuated by Nick Cave's wild personality; he's like a rabid dog throughout. This wild energy makes the abrasive guitars all the more interesting, as you can imagine the band tearing up a live performance with their hypnotic sounds. It's definitely not for everyone, but I think it's awesome.
Ah, Nick Cave - one of my all-time favourites. His work from the last couple of decades is peerless, and the two live performances of his I've been to established him firmly in my mind as an elder statesman of rock. Emotive, fierce, quietly devastating... "Skeleton Tree", "Push the Sky Away" and "CARNAGE" are some of my favourite records by any artist. But this? Bloody hard work. The world of "The Birthday Party" is a brutal kind of post-punk where nothing holds together: mangled and torn, the world has turned in on itself and cannibals roam the streets. There is no logic, reason or narrative, just distorted nightmare imagery: one hundred skirts bleeding uptown; a car smash mangling bodies beyond recognition; Jesus driving a trash can; a gold blade in the head of a girl; being kissed black by a dog-like woman who sleeps like a swastika. The lyrics are a deep dive into the warped, violent poeticism that Cave has demonstrated throughout his career, and are the best thing about this album: they present its world in a vivid, intense, horrifying way. I have to give credit to the music for complimenting this and sounding suitably horrific, but for me it was just no fun whatsoever to listen to. There's very limited range in dynamics or delivery in each song to accentuate the lyrics, or to build any sense of momentum. Everything's relentlessly at the same level of demonic howls and apocalyptic crashing. There's no skill in musicianship to appreciate, certainly no guitar tabs to start looking up or vocal lines to sing in the shower. It all gets old very quickly, and by the time we reach "Several Sins", it's a shock to actually hear sung-through vocals, a distinct bass groove and sleazy guitar line. Being able to actually pinpoint and latch onto a tune is about as much as a listener can hope for from this. On the more positive side, "Junkyard" sits firmly outside of the trappings of the 80s and still sounds like it could be made in 2021 by a band pushing against the grain. In the UK today, plenty of up and coming bands like Squid, Shame or IDLES (shared the same producer as this album, incidentally) seem to be reaching for a slice or two of the Birthday Party's cake. My rating is being really skewed here by my respect for Nick Cave as an artist: he certainly committed to a vision here, and I admire The Birthday Party for not pulling any punches. But it was a real challenge to get through, and I like my music a little more palatable. Listening to this album makes me feel like a miserable old man who just doesn't get it. If that's my problem rather than The Birthday Party's, so be it.
Kai tätäkin paskaa sit joku kuuntelee... minä en.
This is the first time this has felt like a challenge. This is like if primus actually sucked.
Couldn't make it past track 4
God, what a chore to get through. These guys don't give a damn about anything, even their music, and why should I? I'll admit that the end of Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow), which repeats the same line about fifty times, achieved a sort of kaleidoscopic beauty in its repetition... but that's all I got. Mike Patton does this schtick 20x better. I was going to write that this sounds uncannily like Nick Cave without any skill whatsoever, and then I looked it up... That's EXACTLY what it is! Good thing he got better with age and practice.
Que maluquice, achei uma delícia quase todas as músicas!!!
Pretty good I love it.
Fantastic album, not Cave’s best but still highly recommended. 8.5/10
I don't fully understand post-punk. But this album had a lot of cool elements to it.
Not on Spotify - tracked it down on YouTube. At first I was like .... what the hell is this? But as the album charged on I actually got excited wondering what was coming next. It felt like a live record with the amount of “urgency” in the instrumentation. I can tell they would have been fun to see live. I can definitely see more modern bands like Idles drawing a lot of influence from this. Fav tracks: “Big Jesus Trash Can” “Dead Joe”
A fun post punk album. It is clear to see where Nick Cave has come from, and I didn't even know this band existed.
Uh, en tiiä onko Nick Cave -bias, minkä takia tähän keskittyi paremmin, mutta olipas hyvä. Vähän kuten Fugazilla, aggressiiviseen menoon saatu kivasti musakoukkuja ja tunnelmaa. Aika paljon kans samaa mystistä vetovoimaa kuin Caven Bad Seeds -jutuissa, mikä varmaan herran itsensä ansiota. 3.5/5, joka nyt pyöristyy niukasti ylös.
Todella vaarallista ja arvaamatonta rockmusiikkia. <3 Cave 4/5
Some of the most depraved, diseased, disorienting pieces of Aussie rock and roll from what would eventually be one of the country's greatest bards of the last forty plus years. And you wonder why they named the band The Birthday Party..... a junkyard indeed. Favorites: Blast Off, She's Hit, Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow), Big Jesus Trash Can, Kiss Me Black, 6" Gold Blade, Kewpie Doll, Junkyard.
Dark and damp, noisy as hell, rather well organized chaos. Standout Tracks: She’s Hit, The Dim Locater, Big Jesus Trash Can, 6” Gold Blade, Release The Bats
I kinda dig it!
This was an uncomfortable listen as dischord and wild shouting coals feature heavily. That said the music was technically very interesting almost jazz like drum rhythms and even a 3/4 time structure in there just made it more interesting for me. I felt like it would have been a great soundtrack for a horror movie
Not bad, but probably wouldn't re-listen.
Nick Cave howls like a MADMAN, dawg. 5/10
Love me some Birthday Party but I prefer "Hee Haw" to this one. The drugs had caught up to them by this point, and I think you can hear it
So weird, couldn't stop listening becausenit was too weird
Unique and brutal sound. Not sure if I'll listen again.
Not everyone's cup of tea, and honestly I'm not sure if it's really mine! But it's invigorating and interesting, so props to Nick Cave and the boys.
This is wild as all fuck. Legitimately sounds like a band of demons from the depths of hell. I kinda dig parts of it? But mostly I just respect it for committing to being fuckin’ OUT THERE shit.
Не. Ну, не
Rob zombie precursor
I knew this was Nick Cave's old band but didn't expect it sound like this. A lot like The Fall which is a good thing to me
Sounds a lot like Nick Cave... oh. Cool!
It's really interesting for 1982?! I would have guessed it was contemporary! But not real easy listening.
I like this more than I thought. It was entertaining but not a must-play for me.
My induction to The Birthday Party. Slightly terrified but a little energised.
Nyt on bändillä osuva nimi, kunnon kaatismenoa. Melkein vois olla 4/5 multa, mut loppupuoli ei yhtä vahva ku alku ja Hamletin lopun hokeminen vähän rasautti (tarkoituksella? kenties.) Annetaan nyt 3/5.
Interesting but not my thing...some solid music but this would not be replayed by me anyday soon. But this is exactly the kind of album/education I expected to receive as I go through this list. Nick Cave is much older than I realized and his early efforts are completely unknown to me.
I'm not usually a Nick Cave fan, but I quite liked this.
This is my first listen to this album. I'm a little confused how this particular album seems to be so widely reviled, when there are way worse albums on here. It's fine, people. It's a little ramshackle and noisy, but it's also creative and weirdly fun. Musically, it has a gothic/post-punk/rockabilly sensibility, like Bauhaus and Cramps had a demon baby. I'll take this kind of snarling, high energy fun over Kid Rock any old day. Fave Songs: Dead Joe, Several Sins, The Dim Locator, Kewpie Doll, Junkyard
Chaotic and noisy. Quite likeable
That's a lot. Nick cave... A lot
It’s a mood.
The only reason I knew songs were different from the previous one is bc of the like 1 second silence in between.
Moins mon genre, mais intéressant.
Post-punk for me can be pretty hit-or-miss. There's a reason I had been missing this album until now. It just doesn't have it for me.
One word Wednesday: Nah
Not your best work Nick
idk how to feel about this one, I kind of like some of Nick Cave's other music but this is just chaotic
angry hangover Joy Division
This was aggressive. Not sure how I feel about it. Not really my thing.
Punk energy, swamp blues, joy Division production in places, but not my taste
This band is from the universe of Mad Max and you can't tell me otherwise.
Jedes zweite Lied ganz gut!
It’s pretty hard going to be honest. The noise tends to grate after A while. It’s interesting to see how Nick Cave started out. It’s interesting but not enjoyable.
Really not my cup of tea. Lots of noise, and not the good kind. (Despite usually liking most Nick Cave stuff)
Wow awful not for me yuck
First Listen. Good Sound. 2/5 This album will only get better with more listens. 2/5 for now, but I can see it being a 3/5 or 4/5 in the near future.
Not for me. 2 stars
I thought the first song "Blast Off" was ok. Had a White Zombie feel to it. Album fell off pretty quick after that though. Picked back up with "Several Sins" but didn't much like the rest of it. It was unique though, I'll give it that.
sounds very primitive and i can understand its unique appeal but its not really for me
An acquired taste
Perfectly gloomily violent post-Fall rasping from young Nick Cave. Rock out with your Goth out.
Challenging listen. Not awful. Not for me.
Too scuzzy for me
I get why this is here, there's a lot of layers here to unwind, and there's the semblance that the band doesn't really care what you think. Not for me. Maybe just don't have the patience today. Or maybe it's just not very good.
Something about Cave is unappealing. Not sure why I don't get his schtick but I don't. Interesting to hear this though as I've never consciously looked up any Birthday Party before. Basically, I'm hearing some sloppy garage rock that doesn't really match my mood today. Also, that cover art is repulsive. Maybe I need to return to this album sometime that I feel angry or at least angsty.
Hmmm. Is this music? Or just noise? I will say, it wasn't as bad as I expected from being the second lowest album on the global ratings list. However, its also not that good. 2
rappelons à Nick Cave que le harcèlement est passible d’un an de prison et de 7500€ d’amende
4/10 this had positive moments and cool energy at time, but damn was this hard to get through. I don't even like nick cave that much when he's being normal, let alone when he's shouting at me like this.
A bit samey throughout, didn't love it.
While I like Nick Cave’s output quite a lot through most of his journey, I never warmed to The Birthday Party. The punk, noise rock elements seem mannered and forced and the misogynistic lyrics were always problematic (although more so now). While a lot of great rock is created by bands seemingly on the edge of implosion, this always struck me as they were trying to hard to be in that state. There are elements that are derivative of Joy Division but can’t come close to that bar. Ultimately, it is most interesting to me as a historical note for the Nick Cave journey.
Idk man, if you played this at my birthday party I would probably not invite you next year
Self indulgent nonsense.. the sound of a band falling down the stairs!
Bad players, bad singer. They don't even play together.
I get that its groundbreaking yada yada, but it sounded like it was recorded by a highschoolband in a basement.
not to my liking
Mölyä ja meteliä, aivan kauheeta paskaa. Tämä pääsi ärsyttävyydessä jo kuninkuusluokkaan!
just noisy trash
Unlistenable. Like nails on a chalkboard to my ears. Hard to tell what is redeeming about this one.
Vaya mierda, no lo aguanto entero.
They have a lot inside, but the outside is toooo weird
Kolejny raz australijska banda pokazuje dlaczego australia to kolonia karna i ich muzyka nawiazuje bardzo do tych zacnych tradycji, bo takiego wyjcowania dawno juz nie bylo na liscie, dodatkowo glos znany i jak najbardziej nielubiany czyli nick cave, ale z inna banda juz sie pojawil na liscie, mianowicie bad seendami i pokazal sie on z calkiem innej strony, jesli poprzedni material byl tragicznie smutny do sluchania, tak tym razem nie ma nawet czego sluchac, bo jest to jak nazwa plyty glosi junkyardowe granie, walenie po instrumentach i jeszcze gorzej na wokalu, nick cave czlowiek kameleon, na jednej plycie slyszysz jak zawodzi o zyciu i jak ciezko w zyciu, smutno, a potem o gwaltach na smietniskach, wycinaniu czesci ciala i ogolnie horror corrowe klimaty, okraszone ostrym waleniem bandy, na plejke leci tytulowy trak, zeby zachowac gdzies info o tym w jakim stanie muzycznym jest australijska scena podoobno post punkowa, bo samemu bym nie odwazyl sie tak smieciowej muzyki zklasyfikowac w ten sposob, 47 minut hardkorowo ciezkiego odsluchu tylko mnie w tym jeszcze bardziej utwierdzilo
I can't. This album sounds approximately like a cat being run over by an alien person in a loud monster truck thing.
My ear stepped in something, and I can’t seem to scrape it off.
Should’ve left this as did-not-listen
Just cos an album is influential doesn't mean its entertaining to listen to.
nahhhhhh not for me fam
Trotz nick cave wirklich schwierig
Well, this is certainly interesting. What a mix of styles and sounds. Has some fun moments in there. Overall, a bit too cacophonic and jarring for my own personal listening choice, but it sure does seem original.
I have never heard of The Birthday Party or any of the music on the album. This was hard enough to get through that the album is getting 1 star.
lots of noise, did not enjoy.
This was just bad
The album cover art was already the first warning that this was going to be garbage. Horrendous singing and mashing of instruments. 1/10.
WTF did I just listen to?
Too grungy for me, not something I enjoyed listening to
Não está disponível no spotify
This just sucks. I don't even really need to go into more detail than that. Everything about it is like nails on a chalkboard for me.
Thirty bad therapy sessions wouldn’t be as painful as this album. Can’t think of a subtle redeeming quality of this clusterfuck of noise
not working for me.
Why? I don’t understand this as something musical.
Atrocious. That tinnie 80s cymbal sound is worse than the banjo
I'm sorry, no. Just no. Maybe the first one I've tapped out of. Not the Monday afternoon vibes we were looking for! Fav new track: She's Hit (as I didn't get much further)
Ugh, not for me - terrible low energy emo garbage
Ruido sin sentido.
Google started recommending therapists to me after I listened to this. Best track: She's Hit (??)
Fell like this was supposed to experimental or bad shit crazy but was really just bat shit.
Sometimes I wonder how these albums got picked and if this is just a random album generator... Fewer than 4M stream total for this 1982 album and it's easy to understand why. Turning it off. Unlistenable. Horrible. This is supposed to be music?
This was pretty terrible from my perspective. It just felt like some messy guitars and a very deep voice singing inaudibly. I skipped most of it and then actually had to force myself to listen since I skipped most of it. 1.7/10
It’s only getting a 1 because the album cover is great
Too abrasive for me. It’s a challenging listen.
¿Por qué nos habéis hecho escuchar esto? Es tan malo que da la risa, aunque sea de Nick Cave.
Ruido sin sentido.
Jesus, it is unlistenable.
Musicalement je comprends pas trop le projet, mais en plus la qualité sonore est déplorable.
Tu forces Robert
This album is too difficult for me to recommend it. Song structures, though not non-existent they are dissonant and unconventional and not very appealing to this listener. 1.5 🌟
Genuinely one of the worst 42 minutes I’ve sat through. Seriously. What. And I cannot emphasise this enough. The. Fuck?
2/10. This was painful to listen to, and it felt so long. Maybe even a 1.
OMG. Is this Music?
Pretty amazing awesome art, but WTF is this!?! Nick Cave has come quite a way from this. Give me the Peaky Blinders theme song on repeat 1000 times before listening to this again
Horrible. Like a birthday party in hell. Truly junk. Etc.
Australia's “most original band”? Maybe. “Least talented” seems a safer bet. Can you tell this book by its cover? You can.
God awful. I actually find it offensive that this is taking up a spot on this list while most hip hop artists do not have a single album on here and others only have 1. Horrendous.
Too horrible to make it through. Wish I could give it a 0.
I turned this off seconds into the first song. I tried skimming through a couple others. I don’t know why anyone would choose to listen to this. I would give it a 0 if I could.
Pretty unlistenable 1
Abscheulich. Konnte ich beim besten Willen nicht durchhören. Ich habe überhaupt nichts gegen naive Kunst oder selbstbewussten Dilettantismus, nur inspiriert sollten sie sein. Diese Platte ist nichts davon. Und so viel mehr nicht. Am liebsten kein Stern.