Hee Haw
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EP by
Released8 December 1979
LabelMissing Link Records (MLEP-3)
ProducerThe Boys Next Door
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Hee Haw is the second release and first EP by the Australian post-punk band the Boys Next Door (later renamed the Birthday Party). The Hee Haw EP was released in 1979 by the independent label, Missing Link Records.


By 1978-9, the Boys Next Door were making efforts to distinguish themselves from Melbourne's punk and post-punk bands. The core members – Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert and Tracy Pew – had been joined by Rowland S. Howard on guitar in 1978. The Boys Next Door released an album (Door, Door) on the Mushroom label in 1979 (recorded in separate sessions in mid-1978 and early 1979).

After the release of Door Door, the Boys Next Door transferred to the independent label, Missing Link Records, and took on label owner Keith Glass as their manager.[2] Cave said, "We played [Hee Haw] to Michael Gudinski of Mushroom Records and he wasn't really interested."[3] The tracks for the Hee Haw EP were recorded during July and August 1979 at Richmond Recorders in Melbourne, engineered by Tony Cohen. The five-track EP was released in December 1979. The artwork on the cover and insert sheet was done by Marcus Bergner.


The Hee Haw EP represents a musical departure from the relatively conventional punk/pop songs on Door Door. The EP introduces a more abrasive, rhythmic and exploratory sound that was further developed when the band re-located to the UK (and changed their name to the Birthday Party).

Two of the songs on the EP, "The Red Clock" and "The Hair Shirt", the former sung by Rowland S. Howard and the latter by Nick Cave, were included on the Boys Next Door's second album entitled The Birthday Party in 1980. The songs on the EP and The Birthday Party LP appeared on the 1989 Birthday Party compilation album, also titled Hee Haw.

Track listing

  1. "A Catholic Skin" (Nick Cave)
  2. "The Red Clock" (Rowland S. Howard)
  3. "Faint Heart" (Nick Cave)
  4. "Death by Drowning" (Rowland S. Howard)
  5. "The Hair Shirt" (Nick Cave)


The EP was reissued in Australia in December 1983 by Missing Link (ING008), credited to the Birthday Party.[4] It was also reissued by the same label in 1987 credited to Boys Next Door.[1]

Hee Haw (1989)

Hee Haw
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Compilation album by
Released7 August 1989
RecordedAugust 1979 – January 1980
StudioRichmond Recorders, Melbourne, Australia
ProducerThe Birthday Party
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Mutiny/The Bad Seed
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The tracks from the original Hee Haw EP were re-released on CD by 4AD on 7 August 1989 as part of a compilation of early recordings under the name of the Birthday Party; this album was also called Hee Haw.[6] It includes all the tracks from the original Hee Haw EP by the Boys Next Door and from their second album entitled The Birthday Party (before they changed the band name to the album title).

Track listing

1."Mr. Clarinet"Nick Cave3:47
2."Happy Birthday"Cave, Mick Harvey, Rowland S. Howard3:50
3."Hats on Wrong"Cave2:40
4."Guilt Parade"Howard2:52
5."The Friend Catcher"Cave4:22
6."Waving My Arms"Howard2:15
7."Catman"Gene Vincent, Sheriff Tex Davis2:27
8."Riddle House"Howard2:42
9."A Catholic Skin"Cave2:25
10."The Red Clock"Howard2:47
11."Faint Heart"Cave2:51
12."Death by Drowning"Howard3:10
13."The Hair Shirt"Cave4:05

Band members


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Dave (1987) "The Boys Next Door - Hee Haw", Underground, April 1987, p. 10
  2. ^ ‘Boys Next Door / Birthday Party’ (article) Archived 16 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine 'Howlspace' web-site.
  3. ^ Stapleton, John (December 1979). "The Boys Next Door". Roadrunner. Parkside, SA: 21.
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 25
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Hee Haw - The Birthday Party". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ Raggett, Ned "Hee Haw Review", AllMusic, retrieved 13 June 2010