Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Birthday Party - The Friend Catcher [single]

The Birthday Party

The Friend Catcher


Label: 4AD
Catalog#: AD 12
Format: Vinyl, 7", Single
Country: UK
Released: 11 Oct 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Punk

A The Friend Catcher 4:16
Written-By - N.Cave
B1 Waving My Arms 2:14
Written-By - R.Howard
B2 Cat Man 2:25
Written By - Gene Vincent/B.Davis

Bass - Tracy Pew
Drums - Phil Calvert
Engineer - Tony Cohen
Guitar - Mick Harvey , Rowland Howard
Producer - Birthday Party, The
Vocals - Nick Cave
Recorded at Richmond Recorders Melbourne, Australia January 1980. A Missing Link Production.

Friend Catcher HERE

Official Site

Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [all music]

The Birthday Party were one of the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early '80s, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes that provided the perfect setting for vocalist Nick Cave's difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence, and perversity. Under the direction of Cave and guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band tore through reams of blues and rockabilly licks, spitting out hellacious feedback and noise at an unrelenting pace. As the Birthday Party's career progressed, Cave's vision got darker and the band's songs alternated between dirges to blistering sonic assaults.

Originally, the Australian band was called the Boys Next Door, comprising Cave, Howard, Mick Harvey (guitar, drums, organ, piano), bassist Tracy Pew, and drummer Phill Calvert. After the Door Door album and Hee Haw EP under that name, the band moved to London and switched its name to the deceptively benign Birthday Party. Once they arrived in Britain, their demented, knotty post-punk began to gel. They released their first international album, Prayers on Fire, in 1981, earning critical praise in the U.K. and U.S. While the band was preparing to record the follow-up, Pew was jailed for drunk driving; former Magazine member Barry Adamson, Harry Howard, and Chris Walsh filled in for the absent Pew on 1982's Junkyard.

After the release of Junkyard, the Birthday Party fired Calvert and moved to Germany, where they began collaborating with such experimental post-punk acts like Lydia Lunch and Einsturzende Neubauten. Harvey left in the summer of 1983. The group briefly continued with drummer Des Heffner, but it soon disbanded after a final concert in Melbourne, Australia. Cave had the most successful solo career, recording a series of albums in the '80s and '90s that maintained his status as a popular cult figure; Harvey joined Cave's backing band, the Bad Seeds. Howard joined Crime & the City Solution, which also featured his brother Harry and Harvey.

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Δεν θυμάμαι ποιο αγόρασα πρώτο, τούτο το single ή το Drunk on the Pope's Blood/The Agony Is The Ecstasy LP.
Πρώτα άκουσα το Prayers on Fire LP, και τίποτε μετά από αυτήν την ακρόαση δεν ήταν το ίδιο...
Ένα από τα ποιο επιδραστικά σύνολα των 80'ς.
Χάρη σε αυτούς άλλωστε ανακάλυψα την Αυστραλία.

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