The Birthday Party discography
Studio albums4
Live albums2
Compilation albums5
Video albums1
Music videos2
EPs6
Singles9
Box sets1
Other appearances16

The discography of The Birthday Party, an Australian post-punk band, consists of four studio albums, two live albums, six compilation albums, six extended plays and nine singles. The group began under various names in Melbourne in 1973; formed by vocalist Nick Cave, guitarist Mick Harvey, drummer Phill Calvert, guitarist John Cocivera, bassist Brett Purcell, and saxophonist Chris Coyne —all of whom were students at Caulfield Grammar School.[1] By 1978, following several membership changes, the band consisted of Cave, Harvey and Calvert with bassist Tracy Pew and guitarist Rowland S Howard.[2] Under the name The Boys Next Door, the band released several singles and two studio albums, Door, Door in 1979 on Mushroom Records and The Birthday Party in 1980 on Missing Link Records.

Despite moderate success in Australia, The Boys Next Door relocated to London, England in 1980 and changed their name to The Birthday Party. In London, the band experienced underground critical success with a series of singles and two further studio albums, Prayers on Fire (1981) and Junkyard (1982);[2] Junkyard was also a minor commercial success, peaking at number 72 on the UK Albums Chart upon its release.[3] In 1982, the band relocated to West Berlin, Germany and Calvert departed. The band, now featuring Harvey on dual guitar and drumming duties, released as two EPs, The Bad Seed and Mutiny!, in 1983 on 4AD and Mute Records. Featuring Einstürzende Neubauten member Blixa Bargeld as a guest musician, they were the band's final recordings prior to their disbandment in late 1983.[1]

Cave, Harvey, Barry Adamson and Bargeld formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in December 1983 and Howard joined Crime and the City Solution, as well as forming These Immortal Souls in the wake of The Birthday Party's break-up.[1][2] The band's back catalogue has been reissued several times, usually in the form of compilation albums such as Mutiny/The Bad Seed (1989) and Hits (1992), and several unreleased recordings and video albums have been released since their disbandment. Though the band did not experience commercial success during their career, they have been recognised as having a major impact on the gothic rock genre and influencing several subsequent bands,[4] including My Bloody Valentine,[5] Gogol Bordello[6] and LCD Soundsystem.[7]

Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[8]
UK
[3]
UK Indie
[9]
Door, Door 93
The Birthday Party
Prayers on Fire
  • Released: 6 April 1981 (UK)[12]
  • Labels: Missing Link (14), 4AD (104)
  • Formats: LP, CD
96 4
Junkyard
  • Released: 10 May 1982 (UK)[12]
  • Labels: Missing Link (21), 4AD (207)
  • Formats: LP, CD
72 1
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Live albums

List of live albums, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK Indie
[9]
It's Still Living
  • Released: May 1985 (AUS)[13]
  • Labels: Missing Link (009), Virgin (2048)
  • Formats: LP, CD
19
Live 1981–82
  • Released: 10 August 1999 (UK)[14]
  • Labels: 4AD (9005)
  • Formats: 2×LP, CD
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums
Title Album details
A Collection…
  • Released: 1985 (AUS)[15]
  • Labels: Missing Link (22), Suite Beat (2017)
  • Formats: LP, CD
Hee-Haw
  • Released: 1988 (UK)[16]
  • Labels: 4AD (307), Virgin (2037)
  • Formats: LP, CD
Mutiny/The Bad Seed
  • Released: 1989 (UK)[17]
  • Labels: 4AD (301)
Hits
  • Released: 12 October 1992 (UK)[12]
  • Labels: 4AD (2016), Warner Bros (9 45087)
  • Formats: 2×LP, CD, CS
The John Peel Sessions

Box sets

List of box sets
Title Album details
Definitive Missing Link Recordings 1979–1982
  • Released: 1994 (AUS)[19]
  • Labels: Missing Link (30)
  • Formats: 5×CD box set

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK Indie
[9]
Hee-Haw
  • Released: December 1979 (AUS)[note 3]
  • Labels: Missing Link (3)
  • Formats: 12"
Drunk on the Pope's Blood/The Agony Is the Ecstacy
(The Birthday Party/Lydia Lunch)
  • Released: 18 February 1982 (UK)[21]
  • Labels: 4AD (202), Missing Link (006)
  • Formats: 12", CS
2
Mutiny!
  • Released: November 1983 (UK)[21]
  • Labels: Mute (12 29)
  • Formats: 12"
3
The Bad Seed
  • Released: March 1983 (UK)[21]
  • Labels: 4AD (301)
  • Formats: 12"
3
The Peel Sessions
  • Released: January 1987 (UK)[21]
  • Labels: Strange Fruit (020)
  • Formats: 12", CD
7
The Peel Sessions II
  • Released: November 1988 (UK)[21]
  • Labels: Strange Fruit (058)
  • Formats: 12", CD
11
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Singles

Retail singles

List of retail singles, with chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions Album Notes
UK Indie
[9]
"These Boots Are Made for Walking" 1978 Non-LP single Released under The Boys Next Door
"Shivers" 1979 Door, Door
"Happy Birthday" 1980 The Birthday Party
"The Friend Catcher" 21 N/A
"Mr. Clarinet" 18
"Nick the Stripper" 1981 Prayers on Fire
"Release the Bats" 3 Non-LP single
"Dead Joe" 1982 Junkyard
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Split singles

List of split singles, with other artist
Single Year Other artist Notes
"Scatterbrain"/"Early Morning Brain" 1979 Models Released under The Boys Next Door

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors
Title Year Director Ref
"Nick the Stripper" 1981 Paul Goldman [22]
"Deep in the Woods" 1983 Glenn Auchinachie

Video releases

List of video albums
Title Album details
Pleasure Heads Must Burn

Other appearances

List of appearances on various artist compilation albums
Song Year Album Notes Ref
"Figure of Fun" (Demo)
"Yard"
1980 Fast Forward No 2 Released exclusively and issued free with Fast Forward magazine [24]
"Mr. Clarinet" 1981 Natures Mortes – Still Lives Originally released on The Birthday Party [25]
"Release the Bats" 1992 Indie Scene 1981: The Story of British Independent Music Originally released on Junkyard [26]
1996 Lost Property: An Alternative History 1979–1992 [27]
"Nick the Stripper" 1998 CMJ: The Year in Music 1982 Originally released on Junkyard [28]
1999 Rage: The Songs Most Chosen by Rage Guest Programmers [29]
"Mr. Clarinet" 2001 Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years Originally released on The Birthday Party [30]
"Release the Bats" Chopper: Original Soundtrack Originally released on Junkyard [31]
"Big Jesus Thrash Can" 2002 Rough Trade Shops: Rock and Roll [32]
"Happy Birthday" 2003 Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976-1989 Originally released on The Birthday Party [33]
"Sex Crimes"
"Release the Bats"
2005 Inner City Sound 1978 demo, exclusively released on this compilation, plus track released on Junkyard [34]
"Release the Bats" 2006 The Trip: Curated by Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey Originally released on Junkyard [35]
"Dive Position"
"Blast Off"
Tales from the Australian Underground, Vol 2: 1977-1990 Originally released on Door, Door and Junkyard [36]
"Release the Bats" Sleep with 4AD Originally released on Junkyard [37]
"Mutiny in Heaven" Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box Originally released on Mutiny! [38]
"Release the Bats" John Peel: Right Time, Wrong Speed 1977–1987 Originally released on Junkyard [39]
Inner City Sound: Australian Punk & Post-Punk [40]
"Big Jesus Thrash Can" 2010 Songs from the 100 Best Australian Albums [41]

Notes

  1. ^ Door, Door was released under The Boys Next Door. Some reissues do not alter the band's name on the release; others, including the 2011 Mushroom LP repressing, omit it from the album's sleeve.[10]
  2. ^ The Birthday Party was originally released under The Boys Next Door. The only repressing of the album from 1982 changed the band's name to The Birthday Party.[11]
  3. ^ Hee-Haw was originally released under The Boys Next Door. The only repressing of the EP from 1983 changed the band's name to The Birthday Party.[20]

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