Birthday Party

Melbourne 1980-1983

Discography

Albums

The Birthday Party                           1980   10

LP            AUS   Missing Link LINK-7 (Also released under the name "Boys Next Door")
              AUS   Missing Link LINK-7 (re-issue 1982, no mention of "Boys Next Door")

Prayers On Fire                              1981   11   Produced by Tony Cohen and The Birthday Party

CD            AUS   Missing Link LINK 14 CD (2 bonus tracks; "Blundertown" and "Kathy's Kisses")
              AUS   Shock CAKE 2 (re-issue 1996)
              UK    4AD CAD 104CD (2 bonus tracks; "Blundertown" and "Kathy's Kisses")

LP            AUS   Missing Link LINK-8
              AUS   Virgin VOZ 2038 (red vinyl, 2 bonus tracks; "Blundertown" and "Kathy's Kisses")
              GRE   Statik STAT 3103 (1 bonus track; "Release The Bats")
              NZL   Propellor
              UK    4AD CAD 104
              USA   Thermidor T-2

Release The Bats                             1981    2   Produced by The Birthday Party and Nick Launay

Single        UK    4AD AD 111

Maxi-Single   AUS   Missing Link MISS 37.12 (issued 1983)

Junkyard                                     1982   10   Produced by Tony Cohen and The Birthday Party

CD            AUS   Missing Link LINK 21 CD (2 bonus tracks; "Release The Bats" and "Blast Off")
              AUS   Shock CAKE 3 (re-issue 1996)
              UK    4AD CAD 207CD (3 bonus tracks; "Release The Bats", "Blast Off" and "Dead Joe, Second Version")

LP            AUS   Virgin VOZ 2049 (pink vinyl, 2 bonus tracks; "Release The Bats" and "Blast Off")
              UK    4AD CAD 207

Drunk on the Pope's Blood                    1982    4

CD            AUS   Missing Link LINK 29 CD (issued 1994, 7 bonus tracks)

LP            UK    4AD JAD 202

The Birthday Party (The Friend Catcher)      1983    5

EP            UK    4AD BAD 307

Hee-Haw                                      1983    5

CD            AUS   Missing Link LINK 7 CD (13 tracks) (issued 1988)
              AUS   Shock CAKE 1 (re-issue 1996)
              UK    4AD CAD 307 (13 tracks) (issued 1988)

EP            AUS   Missing Link ING 008 (same as Boys Next Door EP)
              UK    4AD BAD 307 (same as Boys Next Door EP)

The Bad Seed                                 1983    4   Produced by Tony Cohen and The Birthday Party

EP            AUS   Powderworks POWT 2007
              UK    4AD BAD 301

Mutiny!                                      1983    4   Produced by Tony Cohen and The Birthday Party

EP            AUS   Powderworks POWT 2011
              FRA   Vogue VG 311026
              FRA   Vogue VG 114
              UK    Mute 12MUTE29

It's Still Living                            1985   12

CD            AUS   Missing Link LINK 28 CD (issued 1991)

LP            AUS   Missing Link ING 009
              AUS   Virgin VOZ 2048 (green vinyl)

A Collection (Best and Rarest)               1985   12

LP            AUS   Missing Link LINK 22
              USA   Missing Link/Suite Beat LINK 22

A Collection                                 1987   12

CD            AUS   Missing Link SBCD 2017

The Peel Sessions (28/4 1981)                1987    4

CD-EP         UK    Strange Fruit SFPSCD020

EP            UK    Strange Fruit SFPS020

The Peel Sessions (10/12 1981)               1988    4

EP            UK    Strange Fruit SFPS 058

Mutiny/The Bad Seed                          1989   11

CD            AUS   Shock CAKE 4 (issued 1996)
              UK    4AD CAD 301 CD

Hits                                         1992   20

CD            AUS   Shock CAKE5 (issued 1996)
              UK    4AD DAD 2016 CD
              USA   4AD 9 45087-2 (1 track missing; "Six Inch Gold Blade")

LP            UK    4AD DAD 2016

MC            UK    4AD DADC2016

Definite Missing Link Recordings 1979-1982   1994

CDBOX         AUS   Missing Link LINK 30

Live 1981-82                                 1999   17

CD            UK    4AD CAD 9005 CD

John Peel Sessions 1980-82                   2001

CD

Members

Adamson Barry (b) 1982
Calvert Phillip (d) 1980-1982 Boys Next Door, Psychedelic Furs (UK), Blue Ruin
Cave Nick (v,sax) 1980-1983
Harvey Mick (g,d,k) 1980-1983
Heffner Des (d) 1983 The Scavengers, The Marquises, The Marching Girls, Permanent Press, Four Courners, The Slaughtermen, The Gospel According To St Kilda, The Great Temptation, The Black Sun, Barry Plankton, Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringos
Howard Rowland S. (g,bv) 1980-1983
Pew Tracey (b) 1980-1982,1982-1983 Boys Next Door, The Bad Seeds, The Saints
Wegener Jeffrey (d) 1982 Streetlife, Last Words, Out Of Nowhere, The Laughing Clowns, The Saints, The Young Charlatans, Immortal Souls

Sources of information: Sound Affects #16, Birthday Party 4AD Discography, Hands Up, Who Wants To Die?, Nick Cave Collector's Hell, From The Archives
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