The Birthday Party Discography

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The Birthday Party

LP      1980    "The Birthday Party"

                Originally credited to Boys Next Door. 1982 rerelease has a 
                different cover, and doesn't mention Boys Next Door anymore.

                Mr. Clarinet
                Hats On Wrong
                The Hair Shirt
                Guilt Parade
                Riddle House
                The Friend Catcher
                Waving My Arms
                The Red Clock
                Cat Man
                Happy Birthday

CA      1980    "Fast Forward #2"

                Aussie cassette: "Figure Of Fun", "Yard", (from 1st peel 
                session) plus interview. November 1980.

                Missing Link, Link 7
                Fast Forward

7"      1980    "The Friend Catcher"

                B-side: "Waving My Arms", "Catman"

                4AD, AD 12

7"      1980    "Mr. Clarinet"

                B-side: "Happy Birthday". Exists in two different labels: one 
                is brown, black and white, another is just black and white. A
                4AD white label promo exists as well.

                Missing Link MLS 18 (Australia, July 1980)
                4AD, AD 114 (UK, October 1981)

LP/CD   1981    "Prayers On Fire"

                The Virgin LP release on red vinyl also contains the extra
                tracks. The Greek issue of the LP contains "Release The Bats"
                as bonus track. The Statik Japanese LP version has both 
                "Release the Bats" and "BLast Off" as bonus tracks. A 4AD 
                white label promo exists as well.

                Zoo Music Girl
                Cry
                Capers
                Nick The Stripper
                Ho-Ho
                Figure Of Fun
                King Ink
                A Dead Song
                Yard
                Dull Day
                Just You And Me
                CD Blundertown
                CD Kathy's Kisses
                
                4AD, CAD 104
                Virgin, VOZ 2038
                Thermidor Records T-2 (USA)
                Propellor (New Zealand)
                Missing Link, LINK 14 CD
                Missing Link, LINK 14 (LP) distr. Powderworks / RCA
                Missing Link, LINK 14 (LP) distr. 7 Records
                Polygram/Statik STAT 3103 (Greek issue)
                Shock Records, CAKE 2
                STATIK/TRIO RECORDS, AW-23014 (Japanese LP version)
                2.13.61 Records, CD21318
                GeeBeeDee (Number: 0613) (LP 1981, Germany)

12"     1981    "Nick The Stripper"

                B-side: "Blundertown", "Kathy's Kisses". Exists with 2
                different sleeves: black/white and blue/pink.
                
                Missing Link, MSD 479

7"      1981    "Nick The Stripper""

                B-side: "Blundertown"
                
                Missing Link, MLS 32
                Missing Link, MISS 32 (this was misprint of the label)
                Propellor, K8424 (New Zealand)

7/12"   1981    "Release The Bats"

                B-side: "Blast Off"
                
                4AD, AD 111 (7")
                Missing Link, MISS 37.12 (12" - released in 1983)
                4AD, BAD 307 (4AD UK promo dated 26.05.1983)

CA      1982    "Kino Aus Der Kassette"

                German compilation cassette contains one Birthday Party live
                track with Lydia Lunch from Koln, Stollwerk, July 2, 1982.

LP/CD   1982    "Junkyard"

                The Virgin LP release on pink vinyl also contains the first two
                extra tracks. The Missing Link CD does not contain "Dead Joe, 
                second version".

                She's Hit
                Dead Joe
                The Dim Locator
                Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
                Several Sins
                Big-Jesus-Trash-Can
                Kiss Me Black
                Six Inch Gold Blade
                Kewpie Doll
                Junkyard
                CD Release The Bats
                CD Blast Off
                CD Dead Joe, second version
                        
                4AD, CAD 207
                Virgin, VOZ 2049
                Missing Link, LINK 21 CD
                Shock Records, CAKE 3
                GEE BEE DEE, GBD-0040 (Obscure German label, LP)
                2.13.61 Records, CD21317
                Expanded Music Bologna, EX 34 (made in Italy)

7"      1982    "Dead Joe"

                Single sided 7"-flexi, alternate take, UK

                Tactic Music, Masterbag BAG 005 

LP/CD   1982    "Drunk On The Pope's Blood"

                A-side only, (b-side: Lydia Lunch: "The Agony Is The Ecstacy")
                live 26 November 81, London, The Venue. The Missing Link CD 
                rerelease from 1994 contains interesting bonus tracks:
                
                Pleasure Heads
                King Ink
                Zoo Music Girl
                Loose
                CD Ho Ho (sung by Cave)
                CD The Plague
                CD Scatterbrain
                CD The Friend Catcher (alternate version)
                CD Dead Joe (alternate version)
                CD After The Fireworks (Tuff Monks)
                CD After, After The Fireworks (Tuff Monks)
                        
                4AD, JAD 202
                Missing Link, LINK 29 CD

CA      1982    "Fast Forward #10"

                Aussie cassette: "Release The Bats", plus interview. 
                January 1982.

                Fast Forward

EP      1983    "The Friend Catcher"
                        
                Release The Bats
                Blast Off
                The Friend Catcher
                Mr. Clarinet
                Happy Birthday
                
                4AD, BAD 307

EP      1983    "The Bad Seed"

                A 4AD white label promo release of this, dated 3.12.1982, 
                exists.
                
                Sonny's Burning
                Wild World
                Fears Of Gun
                Deep In The Woods
                
                4AD, BAD 301
                Powerworks, POWT 2007 (Australia)

EP      1983    "Mutiny"

                Both a 33 and a 45 rpm exist, contents:
                
                Jennifer's Veil
                Mutiny
                Swampland
                Say A Spell

                Mute Records, MUTE 29 (45 rpm)
                Vogue VG 114 (33 rpm)
                Vogue VG 311026 (France, 33 rpm)
                Powderworks POWT 2011 (Australia, 1983)

LP/CD   1985    "It's Still Living"

                Live album, Astor Theatre, Melbourne, 15 Jan. 82, almost the 
                complete show (one song is missing). Released on CD in 1991. 
                Aussie release on green vinyl exists. A promo of the Missing
                Link LP exists as well.

                King Ink
                Zoo Music Girl
                The Dim Locator
                She's Hit
                A Dead Song
                Pleasure Heads
                Junkyard
                Blast Off
                Release The Bats
                Nick The Stripper
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                Dead Joe

                Missing Link, ING 009 (LP)
                Missing Link, LINK 28 CD
                Virgin Records, VOZ 2048 

LP      1985    "A Collection"

                A.K.A. 'Best and Rarest', contents:

                Blast Off
                The Hair Shirt
                King Ink
                Junkyard
                Big Jesus Trashcan
                Release The Bats
                Blundertown
                Kathy's Kisses
                Ho Ho (here it is sung by Nick Cave)
                The Friend Catcher (alternate version)
                Scatterbrain
                The Plague

                Missing Link, Link 22
                Missing Link/Suite Beat, Link 22 (USA)

CD      1987    "A Collection"

                Contents is different from LP:
                
                Blast Off
                The Hair Shirt
                King Ink
                Junkyard
                Big Jesus Trashcan
                Release The Bats
                She's Hit
                Kathy's Kisses
                The Friend Catcher (not the alternate version?)
                Zoo Music Girl
                Nick The Stripper
                Hamlet
                
                Missing Link, SBCD 2017

EP/CD   1987    "The Peel Sessions: The Birthday Party"

                From 28/4/81
                
                Release The Bats
                Rowland Around In That Stuff
                Pleasure Heads
                Loose
                
                Strange Fruit Records, SFPS 020 (on CD: SFPSCD 020)

CD      1988    "Hee Haw"

                The song order on the 4AD and Missing Link CD's is different. 
                This is a compilation of the "Hee Haw" EP and the "Birthday 
                Party" LP.
                
                The Friend Catcher
                Waving My Arms
                Catman
                Mr. Clarinet
                Happy Birthday
                A Catholic Skin 
                The Red Clock 
                Faint Heart
                Death By Drowning
                The Hair Shirt
                Hats On Wrong
                Guilt Parade
                Riddle House
                
                4AD, CAD 307
                Missing Link, LINK 7 CD
                Shock Records, CAKE 1
                2.13.61 Records, CD21319

EP/CD   1988    "The Peel Sessions: The Birthday Party II"

                From 10/12/81
                
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                She's Hit
                Bully Bones 
                Six Inch Gold Blade
                    
                Strange Fruit Records, SFPS 058

Video   1988    "Pleasure Heads Must Burn"

                Live recordings from two gigs in Manchester, Hacienda, 22 July
                82 (1-6), and 24 Feb 83 (8-14), except for "Nick The Stripper"
                which is a video of the song. Colour, 60 minutes. Contents:
                
                Dead Joe
                A Dead Song
                Junkyard
                Release The Bats
                Pleasure Heads
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                Nick The Stripper
                Hamlet
                Pleasure Avalanche
                Six Inch Gold Blade
                Wild World
                Six Strings
                Sonny's Burning
                She's Hit
                
                IKON FCL IKON 7

CD      1989    "Mutiny/The Bad Seed"

                Plus two outtakes
                
                Sonny's Burning
                Wild World
                Fears Of Gun
                DeEP In The Woods
                Pleasure Avalanche
                Jennifer's Veil
                Mutiny In Heaven
                Swamp Land
                Say A Spell
                Pleasure Avalanche
                The Six Strings That Drew Blood
                
                4AD, CAD 301 CD
                Shock Records, CAKE 4 (Australia 1996)
                2.13.61 Records, CD21320

CD/LP   1992    "Hits"

                The track listing is from the US version. The UK version CD/LP 
                includes Six Inch Gold Blade.
                
                The Friend Catcher
                Happy Birthday
                Mr. Clarinet
                Nick The Stripper
                Zoo Music Girl
                King Ink
                Release The Bats
                Blast Off
                She's Hit
                Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
                Dead Joe
                Junkyard
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                Wild World
                Sonny's Burning
                DeEP In The Woods
                Swampland
                Jennifer's Veil
                Mutiny In Heaven
                
                4AD, 9 45087-2 (US version)
                4AD, DAD 2016 CD (UK CD)
                Shock Records, CAKE 5 (Australia, 1996)

CA      1992    "Hits"

                5-track USA promo cassette.

                Nick The Stripper
                Release The Bats
                Sonny's Burning
                DeEP In The Woods
                Jennifer's Veil
                
                4AD, no number

LP/CD   1993    "Dirty Pearl"

                Great album by Anita Lane. One Birthday Party song:
                
                The Fullness Of His Coming
                
                Mute Records, STUMM 81
                Pony Canyon, PCCY-00789

CDBOX   1994    "Definite Missing Link Recordings 1979-1982"

                A box with 5 CD's (LINK 7 CD, LINK 14 CD, LINK 21 CD, LINK 28
                CD, LINK 29 CD) and booklet.
                    
                Missing Link, LINK 30 

CD      1995    "213CD Sampler 1995"

                Henry Rollins preferences compilation disc contains:
                
                Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow) (live Bremen, 1/7/82)

CD      1999    "Live 1981-82"

                "Funhouse" with Jim Foetus Thirlwell on sax.
                1-10:  London, The Venue 26/11/81
                11-16: Bremen, Aladin 01/07/82
                17:    Athens, Sporting   17/09/82

                Junkyard
                A Dead Song
                The Dim Locator
                Zoo Music Girl
                Nick The Stripper
                Blast Off
                Release The Bats
                Bully Bones
                King Ink
                Pleasure Heads Must Burn
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                Dead Joe
                The Friend Catcher
                Six Inch Gold Blade
                Hamlet
                She's Hit
                Funhouse
                
                4AD CAD9005CD
                Shock Records, CAKE6CD

CD      2001    "The John Peel Sessions"

                All 4 sessions finally released.
                
                Cry
                Yard
                Figure Of Fun
                King Ink
                Release The Bats
                Rowland Around In That Stuff
                (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn
                Loose
                Big Jesus Trash Can
                She's Hit
                Bully Bones
                Six Inch Gold Blade
                Pleasure Avalanche
                Deep In The Woods
                Sonny's Burning
                Marry Me (Lie Lie)
                    
                Strange Fruit sfrsCD098

DVD     2003    "Pleasure Heads Must Burn"

                First DVD release to feature the band, and include some rare 
                promos, TV appearances and selections from two gigs.

                Promos and TV Appearances:
                    Nick The Stripper
                    Fears of Gun
                    Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
                    Deep in the Woods
                    Junkyard
                Hacienda 1982:
                    Dead Joe
                    A Dead Song
                    Junkyard
                    Release The Bats
                    (Sometimes) Please Heads Must Burn
                    Big Jesus Trashcan
                Hacienda 1983:
                    Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
                    Please Avalanche
                    Six Inch Gold Blade
                    Wild World
                    The Six Strings That Drew Blood
                    Sonny's Burning
                    She's Hit

Thank you to Maurice Maes for compiling this comprehensive discography of The Birthday Party.

The Boys Next Door

7"      1978    "These Boots Are Made For Walking"/"Boy Hero"

                March '78, 1000 - 1500 copies
                
                Suicide 103140

LP      1978    "Lethal Weapons"

                Compilation of Aussie punk bands. May 1978. The original 
                Suicide release exists in both black and white vinyl. A white
                label promo of the Mushroom re-release exists as well. Boys 
                Next Door tracks are:
                
                These Boots Are Made For Walking
                Masturbation Generation
                Boy Hero
                
                Suicide VXL 2407
                Suicide VXLI 4072
                Mushroom Records L27112 (White Label 1983 rerelease)

CA      1979    "From The Archives"

                Aussie cassette contains "Scatterbrain", as well as the track
                "Enemy Of State" by the Torn Ox Bodeys (anagram of Boys Next 
                Door). 1982 rerelease also contains "Ho Ho" (sung by Nick), 
                and "Pleasure Heads" (live 15/1/82).
                
                Missing Link

7"      1979    "Shivers"/"Dive Position"

                Exists with two different designs. Purple sleeve with Mushroom 
                printed on it, as well as on the label, or purple sleeve with 
                Festival on it, with mushrooms drawn on the label, as well as 
                the contour of Australia. Original copies have old Mushroom 
                beige label.
                
                Mushroom K7492

LP/CD   1979    "Door Door"

                The Nightwatchman
                Brave Exhibitions
                Friends Of My World
                The Voice
                Roman Roman
                Somebody's Watching
                After A Fashion
                Dive Position
                I Mistake Myself
                Shivers
                
                Mushroom Records, D 19227 (C 19227 for Cassette)
                Mushroom, L 36931
                Mute, DOORCD 1 (1993 rerelease)
                Alfa Records, (Japanese rerelease)
                IRS CD 971.281 (1993 rerelease)

EP      1979    "Hee Haw"

                1st pressing 500 copies included an insert sheet. Possible that 
                some of first pressing had labels on the wrong sides. December 
                1979. Later released as a Birthday Party EP.
                
                A Catholic Skin 
                The Red Clock 
                Faint Heart
                Death By Drowning
                The Hair Shirt
                
                Missing Link, MLEP-3 
                Missing Link, ING 008 (rerelease)

7"      1979    "Scatterbrain"

                Gig freebie at the Crystal Ballroom in St. Kilda. 500 copies 
                with band picture. November 1979.
                
                Crystal Ballroom CBR 1

7"      1980    "Happy Birthday"/"Riddle House"

                Also a gig give-away, 750 copies. February 1980.
                
                Missing Link, MLS 16 

LP      1980    "The Birthday Party"

                Originally credited to Boys Next Door. 1982 re-release has a 
                different cover, and doesn't mention Boys Next Door anymore.
                
                Mr. Clarinet
                Hats On Wrong
                The Hair Shirt
                Guilt Parade
                Riddle House
                The Friend Catcher
                Waving My Arms
                The Red Clock
                Cat Man
                Happy Birthday
                
                Missing Link, Link 7

Thank you to Maurice Maes for compiling this comprehensive discography of The Boys Next Door.

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