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The Friend Catcher

7 AD12 (1980): The Friend Catcher [R CAD9005CD], Waving My Arms, Catman

The Birthday Party are Nick Cave, Rowland Howard, Mick Harvey, Phil Calvert and Tracy Pew. Engineered by Tony Cohen. Recorded at Richmond Recorders.

Hee Haw

12ep NONBP2 (1980): A Catholic Skin, The Red Clock, Faint Heart, Death By Drowning, The Hair Shirt

This EP was released by Missing Link. It was originally called «The Boys Next Door».

The Birthday Party LP

lp NONBP3 (1980): AD12, AD114, The Hair Shirt [NONBP2], The Red Clock [NONBP2], Hats On Wrong [CAD307CD], Guilt Parade [CAD307CD], Riddle House [CAD307CD]

This LP was issued by Missing Link as a US release.

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Prayers On Fire

lp CAD104 (1981): 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 CAD104CD (1981): CAD104, Blunder Town, Kathy's Kisses

The last two tracks on the CD are from the Australian Nick The Stripper single. Engineered by Tony Cohen. Sleeve by Jenny, Poly and Evan. «Capers» cowritten by Genevieve McGuckin. «Ho-Ho» cowritten by Genevieve McGuckin. «A Dead Song» cowritten by Anita Lane.

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Nick the Stripper

7 12 NONTBP1 (7"), NONTBP1 (12") (1981)

Single and EP released by Missing Link (MISS 32 & MSD 479). The single was also released by Propeller (K 8424 [REV 12]).

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Release The Bats

7 AD111 (1981): Release The Bats [R CAD9005CD], Blast Off [R CAD9005CD]

Coproduced by Nick Launey. The run-out grooves read «Dirtness is next to antigodliness» «Mister Pierre forvever».

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Mr. Clarinet

7 AD114 (1981): Mr. Clarinet, Happy Birthday

Various - Natures Mortes - Still Lives

lp CAD117 (1981) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Mr. Clarinet [AD114]

cd CAD117CD (1981): CAD117 (excerpt),

The Peel Sessions

12ep NONBP4 (1981): Release The Bats [Re CAD9005CD], Rowland Around In That Stuff, (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn [Re (*Pleasure Heads*)], Loose [Re JAD202]

Produced by Dale Griffin.

The Birthday Party / Lydia Lunch - Drunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstacy

lp JAD202 (1982) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Pleasure Heads [L], The Birthday Party: King Ink [L CAD104], The Birthday Party: Zoo-Music Girl [L CAD104], The Birthday Party: Loose [L]

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lp CAD207 (1982): She's Hit, Dead Joe, The Dim Locator, Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow), Several Sins, Big-Jesus-Trash-Can, Kiss Me Black, 6" Gold Blade, Kewpie Doll, Junk Yard

cd CAD207CD (1982): CAD207, AD111, Dead Joe [R CAD207]

Featuring Barry Adamson, Anita Lane, Harry Howard and Richard Mazda. Produced by Tony Cohen. Sleeve by Ed «Big Daddy» Roth. Richard Mazda says that he produced the album. The bulk of 'Junkyard' was recorded at Matrix Studios in Little Russell St, Bloomsbury, London. Barry Adamson plays most of the bass on this album because Tracy Pew was in jail in Australia.

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Dead Joe

7 NONTBP2 (1982)

Free with «Masterbag» magazine #15, August 1982 (BAG 005).

Various - An Hour of Eloquent Sounds

cas NONPS1 (1982) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: The Hairshirt (demo) [R NONBP2]

The Bad Seed

12ep BAD301 (1983): Sonnys Burning, Wild World, Fears Of The Gun, Deep In The Woods

Sleeve by Nick Cave and Bleddyn Butcher.

Mutiny / The Bad Seed

cd CAD301CD (1989): BAD301, NONBP1 (ep), Pleasure Avalanche, Six Strings That Drew Blood (original version)

«Pleasure Avalanche» and «Six Strings That Drew Blood» are unreleased tracks from the «Mutiny» sessions. The masters were lost. The tracks appear here as rough mixes.

The Friend Catcher

12ep BAD307 (1983): AD111, AD114, The Friend Catcher [AD12]

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Hee Haw

cd CAD307CD (1989): AD12, AD114, NONBP2 (ep), Hats On Wrong, Guilt Parade, Riddle House

This is the last Birtday Party release on 4AD. They left to sign to Mute Records and released «Mutiny» before breaking up. Most, if not all of them, stayed on at Mute in various permutations as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, These Immortal Souls and Crime And The City Solution.

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12ep NONBP1 (1983): Jennifer's Veil, Say A Spell, Swampland, Mutiny in Heaven

This EP was released by Mute Records, MUTE29. Featuring Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten). Sleeve by Anita Lane, Nick Cave and Bleddyn Butcher.

Pleasure Heads Must Burn

video NONTBP4 (1983): \live [DADD7011CD], Dead Joe [CAD207], A Dead Song [CAD104], Junkyard [CAD207], Release the Bats [AD111], Pleasure Heads [R JAD202], Big Jesus Trash Can [CAD207], Nick the Stripper [CAD104], Hamlet [R CAD9005CD], Pleasure Avalanche [CAD301CD], Six Inch Gold Blade [R CAD9005CD], Wild World [BAD301], Six Strings, Sonny's Burning [BAD301], She's Hit [CAD207]

The first six songs were recorded on 1982-07-22; «Nick The Stripper» is the promo video; the last seven songs were recorded on 1983-02-24. Released by ICON F.C.L. Video.

Various - Document: Pleasantly Surprised 82-85

cas NONPS12 (1985) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: The Hairshirt [R NONBP2]

It's Still Living

cd NONTBP5 (1991): \live [DADD7011CD], King Ink [CAD104], Zoo Music Girl [CAD104], The Dim Locator [CAD207], She's Hit [CAD207], A Dead Song [CAD104], Pleasure Heads [NONTBP4], Junkyard [CAD207], Blast Off [AD111], Release the Bats [AD111], Nick the Stripper [CAD104], Big Jesus Trash Can [CAD207], Dead Joe [CAD207]

Released by Virgin (VOZCD 2048). Recorded at the Astor Theatre, Melbourne, Australia in January 1982.

Various - Lilliput

cd Lilliput1&2 (1992) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Nick the Stripper [CAD104]

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lp cas cd DAD2016, DADC2016, DAD2016CD (Sep 28 1992): The Friend Catcher [AD12], Happy Birthday [AD114], Mr. Clarinet [AD114], Nick the Stripper [CAD104], Zoo Music Girl [CAD104], King Ink [CAD104], Release the Bats [AD111], Blast Off [AD111], She's Hit [CAD207], 6" Gold Blade [CAD207], Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow) [CAD207], Dead Joe [CAD207], Junkyard [CAD207], Big-Jesus-Trash-Can [CAD207], Wild World [BAD301], Sonny's Burning [BAD301], Deep in the Woods [BAD301], Swampland [NONBP1], Jennifer's Veil [NONBP1], Mutiny in Heaven [NONBP1]

The US version will have one track less because Brit CD manufacturers will guarantee the disc for 78min of play time, and WB will only guarantee 74.

5 CD Boxed Set

cd NONTBP3 (1992)

Cardboard slipcase box including booklet released in Australia by Missing Link/Shock Records (LINK 30).

Various - ...and dog bones, too

cas cd 21512 (cas), 21512 (cd) (1992) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Sonny's Burning [BAD301]

Various - Dust Distorts

cd NONVAR22 (1998) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Nick The Stripper [CAD104]

Various - Clustered and Clipped

cd 4ADCD1 (1998) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Nick The Stripper [CAD104]

Various - Uncut CD

cd NONVAR25 (Nov 1998) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Big Jesus Trash Can [CAD207]

Various - Kiddy's Got Four Fingers

cd PUP1 (1998) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: Nick The Stripper [CAD104]

Live 1981-82

cd CAD9005CD (Jul 5 1999): Junkyard [L CAD207], A Dead Song [L CAD104], The Dim Locator [L CAD207], Zoo Music Girl [L CAD104], Nick The Stripper [L CAD104], Blast Off [L], Release The Bats [L], Bully Bones [L], King Ink [L CAD104], Pleasure Heads Must Burn [L], Big Jesus Trash Can [L CAD207], Dead Joe [L CAD207], The Friend Catcher [L], Six Inch Gold Blade [L], Hamlet [L], She's Hit [L CAD207], Funhouse [L DAD3008]

Various - Breakdown

cd CAN001CD (1999) (excerpt): The Birthday Party: A Dead Song [CAD104]

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