Drastic Plastic Records
140 / 150 Gram Vinyl Record
Also available on:
• 200 Gram Vinyl Record
Numbered Limited Edition
150-gram opaque red vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Limited to 1,500 copies, foil numbered
Mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Faithful reproduction of the original jacket art, printed at Stoughton Printing
A compilation of early recording, The Birthday Party's Hee-Haw is comprised of the bands first two U.K. singles, plus songs previously only released in Australia. Tracks include their 1979 EP with the same title and the 1980 LP The Birthday Party (originally released under their previous band name, The Boys Next Door).
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. Later the band moved to London and switched its name to the deceptively benign Birthday Party.
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.
|Hats On Wrong|
|The Friend Catcher|
|Waving My Arms|
|A Chatholic Skin|
|The Red Clock|
|Death By Drowning|
|The Hair Shirt|