The Birthday Party Discography

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 
                    Missing Link, Link 7

CA    1980 "Fast Forward #2", Aussie cassette: "Figure Of Fun", "Yard",
           (from 1st peel session) plus interview. November 1980.
                    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 &white, another is just black & 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)
                    2.13.61 records/Buddha Records 74465 99691 2 / Remastered (2000)

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)
                    2.13.61 records/Buddha Records 74465 99694 2 / Remasterd (2000)

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
                    Statik/Trio Records -AW-23019 (JP,1982)
                    Missing Link records -ING 006 (AU,Feb-82)
                    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 "Hee Haw", (same as the Boys Next Door release) contents:
                A Catholic Skin 
                The Red Clock 
                Faint Heart
                Death By Drowning
                The Hair Shirt
                    Missing Link, ING 008 

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)

video 1983 "Composite Signals", video compilation released in Australia,
           with 3 live Birthday Party songs recorded at the Melbourne Seaview ballroom in 1982 and 1983:
                Deep In The Woods           (Melbourne 09/06/83)
                Junkyard                    (Melbourne 19/02/82)
                Six Strings That Drew Blood (Melbourne 09/06/83)
                     Single Shot Video Production

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
                    2.13.61 records/Buddha Records 74465 99692 2 / Remasterd (2000)

LP/CD 1988 "Honeymoon In Red", by Lydia Lunch. Features Tracey Pew,
CA         Rowland S Howard, Mick Harvey, produced by Clint Ruin. 
           Nick and Mick appear with aliases because they didn't like the end product. Cave sings on 
                Done Dun
                Dead In The Head
                    Widowspeak WSP 12
                    Atavistic, Canada
                    Torso Records, TORSO 33064 (Netherlands)
                    Widowspeak/EFA/Torso Torso cd146 (Germany)

12"   1988 "The Crumb", by Lydia Lunch. b-side "Done Dun" with Cave.
CA                    Widowspeak WSP 13

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 
DVD        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. The DVD contains 4 extra tracks from promos and TV appearances. 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
                +DVD+ Fears Of Gun
                +DVD+ Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow)
                +DVD+ Deep In The Woods
                +DVD+ Junkyard
                    IKON F
                    CRDVD20CL 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
                    2.13.61 records/Buddha Records 74465 99693 2 / Remastered (2000)

CD/LP 1992  "Hits", a nice compilation. 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 an (uninteresting) 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
                    4AD records -79005.2, USA

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
                    Fuel 2000 Records -302-061-151, USA
                    Shock Records -CAKE 7, Australia
                    Varese Records -VAR061151, USA
                    MSIF Records -3859, Japan

DVD   2008 "Mutiny - The last Birthday Party", a film by Heiner Mühlenbrock
           Only available on the Birthday Party Website: www.thebirthdayparty.com.au
           Nice footage from the recording sessions for "Jennifer's Veil" and "Swampland" 
           from the "Mutiny!" EP.
                    BPDVD01

See also: Birthday Party Bootlegs .
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