Make sure to visit The Birthday Party Chronology at From The Archives - an amazing list covering every show played by the band with loads of supplementary information.
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.
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.