7/23/2007

Nick Cave/Birthday Party ... Influential Uk/Aus


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Sometimes a young person hears a sound , and not knowing what it is , (or that they should perhaps fear that sound) , the young person allows that sound to become a part of them . Sometimes , as for me , that sound is transmitted from unseen places over signals and wires , and received in the form of left of the dial broadcasts . These broadcasts created sonic imaginary landscapes for my youthful soundtrack . Some of these sounds penetrated and became a constant , bands like ; Wire , Suicide , Bauhaus , Joy Division , The Jesus and Mary Chain , Tom Waits , Black Flag and the mysterious sounds of the Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds .
All of these would become a part of my soundtrack , and The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds continue to inspire and haunt the forefront of my musical life , and always seem to re emerge when I seem to need them the most ...
The Birthday Party , (Nick Cave's early band) , explored the dark side of the underground ; murder , drugs , mental torment ...The music was seemingly from another planet , taking cues from Iggy and the Stooges , and maybe William Faulkner . The band clawed a sonic noise into the Austrialian and Uk indies scenes , a noise , that most were simply not ready for ... As result , The Birthday Party lasted only 3 years after moving to London in 1980 . They however , left behind a short but great legacy of live mayhem and 'ahead of the times' angular post punk music .
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds was formed in 1984 by : Nick Cave (vocals, songwriter, keyboards, harmonica) and multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey. They were joined by Einst├╝rzende Neubauten member Blixa Bargeld (guitar), Hugo Race (guitar), and former Magazine member Barry Adamson (bass, piano). With this line-up, the band recorded and released their debut album, From Her to Eternity (1984). The group has been through many personnel changes, with Cave and Harvey remaining the constants. During their initial Australian tour, Birthday Party bass guitarist Tracy Pew also performed with the band.
Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey write, "With the Bad Seeds, Cave continued to explore his obsessions with religion, death, love, America, and violence with a bizarre, sometimes self-consciously eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and arty post-punk, although in a more subdued fashion than his work with the Birthday Party." Nick Cave continued to explore these themes , leaving great albums in the wake ; "Tender Prey"(1988) , "The Good Son"(1990) and "Let Love In"(1994) , among some of the best . Cave also collaborated with artists such as ; Pj Harvey and Kylie Monogue , and inspired countless artists from ; My Bloody Valentine to Jesus and Mary Chain to more recently Cat Power and The Horrors ...
Now Nick Cave , and some of the Bad Seeds with (extra)Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Teenage Jesus/Bad Seeds Drummer Jim Sclavunos, formed "Grinderman" , which harkens the old sound of the Birthday Party .Now with things coming round in a circular way , Nick Cave continues to inspire and invent underground sound !
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From Her to Eternity
The Ship Song
The Birthday Party "Nick the Stripper"

The Discography ;
The Boys Next Door - Birthday party..

Door Door, as "Boys Next Door" (LP, 1979)
Hee Haw (EP), as "Boys Next Door" (EP, 1979)
The Birthday Party/Boys Next Door:The Birthday Party/Boys Next Door (album with diff track listing)(MISSING LINK w/l rubber stamp catalog number MA 12 243)(LP 1980)
The Birthday Party/Boys Next Door (LP, 1980) - later released on CD with the band's early recordings, under the title Hee Haw EP
Prayers on Fire (LP, 1981)
Junkyard (LP, 1982)
It's Still Living (LP, 1985)
Best and Rarest (LP, 1985)
Hee Haw (full-length LP) (1988)
Mutiny/The Bad Seed (CD, 1989)
Hits (CD, 1992)
Live 1981–82 (CD, 1999)
Peel Sessions (CD)
Pleasure Heads Must Burn (DVD, 2003)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds..

Chart Positions are for the UK (and US)
From Her to Eternity (1984) #40
The Firstborn Is Dead (1985)
Kicking Against the Pricks (1986)
Your Funeral, My Trial (1986)
Tender Prey (1988)
The Good Son (1990)
Henry's Dream (1992) #29
Let Love In (1994) #12
Murder Ballads (1996) #8
The Boatman's Call (1997) #22 (#155)
And the Ass Saw the Angel (1999)
No More Shall We Part (2001) #15 (#180)
Songs For A November Night (2001)
Nocturama (2003) #20 (#182)
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2CD) (2004) #11 (#126)

Grinderman ..

Grinderman (Mute) (March 5, 2007)
Grinderman "No Pussy Blues"