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Nick Cave Boys Next Door

1980

February 28, 1980 Polaris Inn Hearts Club, Melbourne, AUS (last gig as Boys Next Door. They leave from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport for London, England the next day at 8.40pm)

Line-up #1 (March 1, 1980 - August 1982)

  • Nick Cave (vocals)
  • Mick Harvey (guitar/keyboard)
  • Rowland S.Howard (guitar)
  • Tracy Pew (bass)
  • Phillip Calvert (drums)

June 29, 1980 Rock Garden, London, ENG (supporting Temporary Title & The Dave. First concert as The Birthday Party. DJ John Peel is in attendance)

July 10, 1980 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (supporting DAF & The Lines. Ivo Watts-Russel of 4AD Records and Daniel Miller of Mute Records are in attendance)

Summer 1980. Fulham 39 Maxwell Road. Nick Cave and Rowland S.Howard write new songs: "King Ink" and "Figure Of Fun". Rowland writes "Zoo Music Girl" and Nick "Nick The Stripper", "Cry", "Yard" and "A Dead Song". Later the songs are further rehearsed at a rehearsal space in Battersea owned by 'Kevin'.

August 7, 1980 Rock Garden, London, ENG (supporting Blurt. Again attended by Ivo Watts-Russel of 4AD records)

August 28, 1980 Rock Garden, London, ENG (with The The. Again attended by Ivo Watts-Russel of 4AD records)

September 10, 1980 BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London, ENG (UK RADIO John Peel Session performing "Cry", "Yard", "Figure Of Fun" & "King Ink". Broadcast September 25th)

September 18, 1980 Hope & Anchor, London, ENG (Concert to celebrate their deal with of 4AD records)

October 8, 1980 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (supporting DAF)

October 23, 1980 Music Machine, London, ENG (with In Camera & Dance Chapter)

October 30, 1980 Clarendon Hotel, London, ENG (with In Camera & Mass)

November 3, 1980 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with End Games)

November 4, 1980 Snoopy's Disco, Richmond, ENG

Birthday Party Australian Tour 1980 (organised by Ken West ,then the Laughing Clowns manager, later Big Day Out promotor)

November 22, 1980 Seaview Hotel Crystal Ballroom, St.Kilda, AUS

November 26, 1980 Ainslie Hotel Backdoor, Canberra, AUS (with Young Docteurs & Framed)

November 27, 1980 Market Hotel, Prahran, AUS (cancelled)

November 27, 1980 Rock Garden, Sydney, AUS

November 28-29, 1980 Paris Theatre, Sydney, AUS (Broadcast live to air by 2JJ FM radio in Sydney, with Laughing Clowns & The Go-Betweens)

November 30, 1980 Brighton Hotel, Darlinghurst, AUS (with the Go-Betweens & Pel Mel)

December 4-6, 1980 National Hotel, Brisbane, AUS (One of the shows was organised by 4ZZZ FM from QLD, with The Go-Betweens & Ninja Skil)

December 7, 1980 Bayview Tavern, Gladesville, AUS

December 9, 1980 Macy's, South Yara, AUS (with The Go-Betweens)

December 12, 1980 Seaview Hotel Paradise Lounge, St.Kilda, AUS (with The Go-Betweens)

December 13, 1980 Martini's, Carlton, AUS (with The Go-Betweens)

December 20, 1980 Polaris Inn Hotel Hearts Club, North Carlton, AUS (with Equal Local)

December 30-31, 1980 Seaview Hotel Crystal Ballroom, St.Kilda, AUS (Benefit concert for the Crystal Ballroom, with Bleu Scooters, International Exiles, Peter Lillee & The Zorros. The Crystal Ballroom was going broke and promoter Laurie Richards asked them to help out. Because they had made him so much money in the past and he paid them so badly they decide not to play their own songs, but just a full set of Stooges covers. Phill Calvert refused to participate, so Mick took his place on drums)

Late-Dec-80 to Jan-81 Richmond Recorders Studios, Melbourne, AUS

"Prayers on Fire" album recording sessions. Armstrong's Audio Visual II Studios: "Prayers On Fire" and "Nick The Stripper" 12" recording sessions. All engineered by Tony Cohen. Songs recorded: "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", "Blundertown" and "Kathy's Kisses".

1981

Birthday Party Australian Tour 1981 (organised by Ken West)

January 22, 1981 Hotel Fantasia, Adelaide, AUS (with Dance Movie)

January 23-25, 1981 Tivoli Hotel, Adelaide, AUS (with (23rd) The Beat Detectives & Joyous Invasion, (24th) Fun Fun Fun & The Mutes & (25th) The Bad Poets & The Lounge)

January 31, 1981 Seaview Ballroom, St.Kilda, AUS (with Fabulous Marquises & Little Murders)

February 5, 1981 San Miguel, Cammerey, AUS (with Fabulous Marquises)

February 6, 1981 Cell Block Theatre, Sydney, AUS (with Fabulous Marquises & Wild West)

February 7, 1981 Bayview Tavern, Gladesville, AUS (with Fabulous Marquises & Moving Parts)

February 8, 1981 The Jam Factor, Canberra, AUS (with Fabulous Marquises)

February 14, 1981 Polaris Inn Hotel Hearts Club, North Carlton, AUS

February 21, 1981 Seaview Hotel Crystal Ballroom, St.Kilda, AUS (with Equal Local and International Exiles. Last concert before going back overseas. Nick invites an audience member to sing "Loose", but Tracy pushes him off stage)

February ?, 1981 Hawthorn tip, Camberwell, AUS (Evan English & Paul Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids) shoot the "Nick The Stripper" promo video (edited by John Hillcoat) the day before the band return to London)

March 11, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with My Captains)

March 18, 1981 Rock Garden, London, ENG

March 19, 1981 The Venue, London, ENG (with Colin Newman & Department S. with Barry Adamson (later to become a Bad Seeds member) and Bleddyn Butcher (later to become the band's 'house' photographer) in the audience)

March 29, 1981 Africa Centre, London, ENG (with Zeitgeist & The Apocalypse)

March 31, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with Mass)


Feb/Apr-81

UK West-London,Townhouse Studio II. "Release the Bats/Blast Off" single recording sessions. Engineered by Nick Launey.


Note: The Town House was built in 1978 by Richard Branson as part of his Virgin Studios Group.

"I first met them [The Birthday Party] when they turned up at the Townhouse Studio. I had managed to get cheap studio time in Studio Two, after midnight only, which suited them perfectly. They arrived with their gear at about eleven and I remember the receptionist calling me and saying 'I think your band has arrived - at least, they look like one of your bands. Can you get them out of reception? They are scaring the other clients'. I think Queen were in the other studio. The daytime session in Studio Two was Phil Collins, who had finished and gone home by now. They walked in looking like they hadn't slept in days, all smartly dressed in black like they had just come from church but maybe the church was a ruin with rats, and they hadn't washed in weeks. Being Australian they were actually very polite, but impatient to start - a trait that Cave has never lost. [..] "We recorded two songs, 'Release The Bats' and 'Blast Off', in one night. About halfway through I recognised the disappearing to the bathroom thing, but I'm glad to say it only added to the fuel and edginess of the night." Nick Launey interview by The Quietus, August 18, 2014

April 21, 1981 BBC Langham 1 Studio, London, ENG (UK RADIO John Peel Session performing "Release The Bats", "Rowland Around In That Stuff", "(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn" & "Loose". Broadcast April 28th)

April 24, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with Broadcast & The Balloons)

April 26, 1981 The Fire Escape, Acton, ENG (with Dif Juz)



01-May-81

UK London,University of London Union

[with Theatre of Hate & Modern English]


Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ Happy Birthday/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ The Friend Catcher/ Figure Of Fun/ Yard/ Rowland Around In That Stuff/ A Dead Song/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Cry/ Catman.



May 6, 1981 Rock Garden, London, ENG

May 15, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with Dr Mix & The Remix and Self Control)

May 16, 1981 ICA, London, ENG (with Blurt and Ivory Coasters)

May 18, 1981 The Venue, London, ENG (supporting The Lounge Lizards)

June ?, 1981 Pavillion, Hemel Hempstead, ENG

June 5, 1981 Bossard Hall, Leighton Buzzard, ENG (supported by This Dead Plaything & The Chronic Outbursts)

June 8, 1981 The Richmond, Brighton, ENG

June 12, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with The Parting Shots)

June 17, 1981 Newcastle University, Newcastle, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

June 18, 1981 Royal Court Pavilion, Liverpool, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

June 19, 1981 Rock City, Nottingham, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

Setlist: King Ink/ Blast Off/ Happy Birthday/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Cry/ Catman.

June 20, 1981 Maxwell Hall, Aylesbury, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

June 21, 1981 Jenkinsons, Brighton, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

June 23, 1981 Tiffanys, Leeds, ENG (supporting Bauhaus)

Setlist: Cry/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Friend Catcher/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ King Ink/ A Dead Song/ Catman/ Release The Bats/ Loose.

June 24, 1981 Top Rank Club, Reading, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

June 25, 1981 Lyceum, London, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

Setlist: King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Friend Catcher/ Blast Off/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ Catman/ Cry.

June 27, 1981 Corn Exchange, Cambridge, ENG (supporting Bauhaus & with Subway Sect)

Setlist: Release The Bats/ Nick The Stripper/ Happy Birthday/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Friend Catcher/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ King Ink/ A Dead Song/ Catman/ Cry.

Note: Birthday Party joins Bauhaus for their final encore- "Fever".

June 29, 1981 Heaven, London, ENG (with Dif Juz & Hugo Klang)

July 9, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with The Transmitters)

July 16, 1981 The Venue, London, ENG (supporting The Blue Orchids & with The Nightingales)

July 29, 1981 Rock Garden, London, ENG

August 1, 1981 Roadmenders Club, Northampton, ENG ('Special summer extravaganza' festival)

August 7, 1981 Moonlight Club, London, ENG (with Emotion Pictures)

2x-Aug-81

UK London-Kensington,Royal College Of Arts

[with Blurt]



23-Aug-81

UK London,Covent Garden,Africa Centre

[with Dancing Chapter and The Orange Cardigan]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Catman/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink/ A Dead Song/ Cry/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Figure Of Fun.



Note: "Welcome to The Birthday Party. 45 minutes of sheer hell" announces Nick Cave at the start of the show [as reviewed by Neil Norman in the NME 12-Sep-81].



25-Aug-81

UK Edinburgh,Nite Club

(Edinburgh festival '81)


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Catman/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink/ A Dead Song/ Figure Of Fun/ Release The Bats/ Cry/ Loose.


27-Aug-81

UK York,Territorial Army Centre

[with The Blue Orchids]



28-Aug-81

UK Manchester,DeVilles




03-Sep-81

UK Brighton,New Regent-Xtreems Club



10-Sep-81

UK London,The Venue

[with London Underground + King Trigger]


Setlist: Junkyard King/ Nick The Stripper/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Blast Off/ Dangerzone/ Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ King Ink/ Cry/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Figure Of Fun/ Loose.


Note: "A highpoint of the set was when one of the punters grabbed the mike and took over the vocals for the duration of a song" [as reviewed by Mike Nichols in Record Mirror 19-Sep-81].



18-Sep-81

UK London,Action Space

[with Drowning Craze]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Cry/ Dim Locator/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Junkyard King/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats/ A Dead Song/ Loose.




Sep-81

Denmark,København & other Scandinavian dates


1981

US Release of "Prayers on Fire" album on Thermidor records



23-Sep-81

US NY,New York City,The Underground (in Union Square)


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink.


Note: Start of first -10 date- tour of the USA. For their stay in New York City the band resides at the Iroquois Hotel, 44th Street.


The concert starts around midnight at this upmarket rock disco. The audience consists out of the disco's clientele and only 8 fans, four from Chicago. Nick Cave is wearing -Iggy Pop style- gold lame trousers, made by a UK fan. The trousers split during the first song. Tracy Pew sports a big black cowboy hat. Mick Harvey -who's screaming drunk- shouts insults at the audience, which does not want the band to be there. During the 15 minute version of "King Ink" Nick walks into the audience, wraps the mic lead around the throat of a woman and screams ' Express yourself!'. The 10 remaining people start leaving. The concert is then stopped by the management of the club (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").

Nick Cave had invited Iggy Pop to the gig, and he actually came.


Advertized as as The Birthday Boys because Ritz management didn't allow any shows prior the gig on 25-Sep-81. NME writer Barney Hoskins' article about the show, published on 17-Oct-81, triggered the whole image of The Birthday Party as a wild and dangerous band for which violence at gigs was the standard.




24-Sep-81

US NY,New York City,Chase Park Lounge


Note: Advertized as The Birthday Boys. Due to weather conditions only 1 (Polish) woman shows up. She was at the Underground show and had been put on this night's guest list. Gig cancelled.


25-Sep-81

US NY,New York City,The Ritz

[with Au Pairs]


Note: During "King Ink" Nick beat his head on the snare drum so hard it started bleeding upon which the club management decided to stop the concert (after only 35 min) (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").


27-Sep-81

US NY,New York City,The Ritz


Note: Gig cancelled by the club management due to Nick's behaviour on 25-Sep-81.



03-Oct-81

US NY,New York City,Chase Park Lounge

[with Malaria!]



04-Oct-81

US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Junkyard/ The Dim Locator/ Figure of Fun/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Pleasure Heads/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ A Dead Song/ Cry/ Catman.




05-Oct-81

US Washington DC,9:30 Club

[with Malaria!]


Note: The club is at 930 F St. in an apartment transformed into a club. The gig starts at midnight. Tracy Pew grabs a guy (a diplomat's son) in the front of the audience by his necktie and kicks him. The cops come in and end the show after 20 minutes.


06-Oct-81

US PA,Philadelphia,East Side Club

[with John Cooper Clarke, The Minimalics]


07-Oct-81

US MA,Boston,The Spit




10-Oct-81

US IL,Chicago,Club C.O.D.(Come on Down)

[with The Effigies]


Note: Last date of tour. Money and a bottle of drugs are thrown on stage. Nick & Rowland sample some pills from the bottle on the flight from Chicago to London. Read more in Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed".



12-Oct-81

UK Oxford,Scamps



14-Oct-81

UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club



16-Oct-81

UK London-Brixton,Lambeth Town Hall

[with Maximum Joy + Natural Scientist]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Cry/ Bully Bones/ Junkyard / Nick The Stripper/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ King Ink.



22-Oct-81

UK London-Kilburn,disused church



22-Oct-81

UK London-Kilburn,pub



23-Oct-81

UK London,Polytechnic of North London

[with The Pinkies + TC Matic]



24-Oct-81

UK Guildford,Surrey University

[with Sleep + Imperfect Hold]


Note: 16 year old James Johnston [now Gallon Drunk and for some time also The Bad Seeds] attends the gig. "The first time I saw The Birthday Party was at Guildford University when I was about 16. About 90% of the audience stood at the back, and there were about two rows at the front going mad. I went up to see them in London a few times after that, the last one being an amazing gig at the Lyceum, I think, supported by Einstürzende Neubauten. Just unbelievable. James Johnston interview The Quietus November 16, 2016.



26-Oct-81

UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club

[with Schlaflose Nächte]


27-Oct-81

UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club

[with UT]


Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ Dim Locator/ King Ink/ Bully Bones/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Little Doll.


Note: with Jessamy Calkin [Neubauten tour manager/fan club 1985-1990] in the audience.

First time "She's Hit" is performed.




03-Nov-81

DE Berlin,Music Hall


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Nick The Stripper/ Release The Bats(*)/ Junkyard/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Cry(*)/ Little Doll(*).


Note: first ever concert on the continent. (*):released on "Devil In A Bottle" Bootleg LP.



04-Nov-81

NL Amsterdam,Melkweg



06-Nov-81

NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

[with Baader Pop Gruppe]


Setlist: Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Bully Bones/ Big Jesus Trash Can.



07-Nov-81

NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje



08-Nov-81

NL Amsterdam,Posthoornkerk

[with Puber Kristus]


Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Bully Bones/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ Blast Off/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats.


Note: Broadcast by Dutch VPRO radio. "Nick The Stripper", A Dead Song" & "Big Jesus Trash Can" released on Cremation" bootleg LP.




09-Nov-81

CH Zürich,Kino Walche


Setlist: Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Bully Bones/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ Blast Off/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats.


10-Nov-81

IT Imola-Toscanella,Piro Piro-New Disco Circus


Note: At a disco. The PA was unearthed which resulted in both band and audience getting electrical shocks.


12-Nov-81

IT Genova,-


13-Nov-81

IT Firenze-Certaldo,Teatro Tenda


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Cry/ Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats.


Note: Free concert in a tent organized by communist party. Chaos erupts after Tracy hits an audience member. People throw everyting on stage and try to get on it, but security beats the hell out of them (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").



14-Nov-81

IT Gabicce Mare,Aleph Club


Setlist: Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Nick The Stripper/ She's Hit/ Blast Off/ Junkyard/ Bully Bones/ King Ink/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Loose/ Cry.




1x-Nov-81

IT Napoli,-



17-Nov-81

DE Köln,Stollwerck,Halle

[with Jimmy,Jenny & Jonny]


Setlist: Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Nick The Stripper/ She's Hit/ Blast Off/ Junkyard/ Bully Bones/ King Ink/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Figure Of Fun/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Loose.


Note: They were advertised as 'The toughest live band from London'. A drunken audience member pisses on stage. Tracy punches the guy in the face (from Sounds article 19-Dec-81 and Steve Sutherlands' MM article "Fear On The Autobahn" 17-Jul-82).



20-Nov-81

UK London,City Polytechnic

[with Death In June]




21-Nov-81

UK Leicester,Polytechnic



26-Nov-81

UK London,The Venue

[with Lydia Lunch]


Setlist: Junkyard/ A Dead Song/ Dim Locator/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Release The Bats/ Bully Bones/ King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Loose /She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can.


Note: Lydia's first concert with The Birthday Party. Lydia Lunch was touring the UK with 13.13 (as support for The Cure). All but last 3 songs released on "Live 81-82" CD (4AD records 1999). "Loose" available on "Drunk On The Pope's Blood" 12" (4AD records 1982).



27-Nov-81

UK Manchester,Eden club @ Rafters

[with Lydia Lunch]


Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Bully Bones/ Junkyard/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Dim Locator/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Jackson.


Note: Lydia joins on "Jackson" [by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood].


30-Nov-81

UK Oxford,Scamps


Setlist: (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Nick The Stripper/ Cry/ Junkyard/ Bully Bones/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Dim Locator/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Loose.


02-Dec-81

UK London,BBC Maida Vale Studios,Studio 4

recording John Peel Radio Session III


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ She's Hit/ Bully Bones/ Six Inch Gold Blade.


Note: First broadcast by BBC Radio One on 10-Dec-81.

Also released on "The John Peel Sessions" CD (Strange Fruit UK-2001).


Dec-81

UK London, Nick Cave writes with Lydia Lunch about 10 of "50 one-page-plays"



11-Dec-81

UK London,Polytechnic of Central London

[with Malaria! and Death In June]


Setlist: Junkyard/ A Dead Song/ Six Inch Gold Blade/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ She's Hit/ Nick The Stripper/ Dim Locator/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink/ Release The Bats.


Note: last concert before returning to Melbourne. The band is in total shambles. Nick attempts to climb the P.A. on numerous occasions and Tracy keeps falling over backwards. Fights erupt on and off stage. Nick beats up a heckler during "She's Hit" and subsequently forgets the song for which Mick punches him in the mouth. Tracy overdoses before the concert, Nick after (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").




Mid-Dec-81

AU Melbourne,Armstrong's Audio Visual Studios

start of the "Junkyard" album recording sessions and mixing the "Drunk On The Pope's Blood" live 12". Tony Cohen engineering & mixing.


xx-Dec-81

AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock

[with Dead Can Dance]



24-Dec-81

AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Ballroom

[with Equal Local, Scapa Flow and The Go-Betweens]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Blast Off/ Nick The Stripper/ A Dead Song/ Bully Bones/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Six Inch Gold Blade/ Cry.


Note: Filmed by Evan English & Paul Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids). Start of Australian tour organised by Ken West.




26-Dec-81

AU Cammeray,San Miguel

[with The Same]


27-Dec-81

AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club

[with Out Of Nowhere and With A Lie]


Note: Both dates cancelled and moved to 04/05-Jan-82.



31-Dec-81

AU Melbourne,The Jump Club

[with The Moodists]


Setlist: (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Junkyard/ A Dead Song/ Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Nick The Stripper/ Release The Bats/ King Ink/ Six Inch Gold Blade/ Blast Off/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Loose.



1982

The year in which they record and release their second album, "Junkyard". Touring in Australia, UK and Europe. Phill Calvert quits the band, which then relocates to Berlin where they the "Bad Seed" EP.


Jan-82

AU Melbourne,Armstrong's Audio Visual Studios,continuing the "Junkyard" album sessions and mixing the "Drunk On The Pope's Blood" live 12". Tony Cohen engineering & mixing.



03-Jan-82

AU Sydney, Surrey Hills,Trade Union Club

[with Out Of Nowhere and With A Lie]




04-Jan-82

AU Sydney, Surrey Hills,Trade Union Club


05-Jan-82

AU Sydney, Cammeray,San Miguel



06-Jan-82

AU Sydney,University-Refectory

[with Hunters & Collectors and Pel Mel]


Setlist: Cry/ She's Hit/ The Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Nick The Stripper/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Bully Bones/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Loose.


Note: In front of 1,600 people. Tracks from "Nick The Stripper" to "Pleasure Heads" were broadcast by 2JJJ FM



08-Jan-82

AU Brisbane,-



09-Jan-82

AU Brisbane,South's Leagues Club

[with The End, The Seven Ballerinas]




10-Jan-82

AU Brisbane,New York Hotel



15-Jan-82

AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Astor Theatre

[with The Laughing Clowns & The Go-Betweens]


Setlist: King Ink/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Junkyard/ Blast Off/ Release The Bats/ Nick The Stripper/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Dead Joe.


Note: All but "6" Gold Blade" released -without consent of the band- on "It's Still Living" album on Missing Link records. Filmed by Evan English & Paul Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids).




16-Jan-82

AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel

[with Sunburnt Pharaohs and Precious Little]


Setlist: New Age/ Downtown Swinging Town/ I Don't Care, Yeah/ Dead Joe/ Ring Of Fire [Johnny Cash].


Note: A private Missing Link Records party. The Birthday Party (without Phill Calvert) with members of The Go-Betweens and others. They perform as The Cavemen.


Jan-82

AU Melbourne,Armstrong's Audio Visual Studios,Tony Cohen mixes the "It's Still Living" live album


22-Jan-82

AU Adelaide,The Stagedoor

[with The Go-Betweens]


Setlist: Encore: Jackson (with Lindy Morrison from The Go-Betweens drumming and Jade Adrenalin from Adelaide band The Bad Poets as guest vocalist,duetting with Nick).


23-Jan-82

AU Adelaide,The Stagedoor

[with The Go-Betweens]


24-Jan-82

AU Adelaide,Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

[with The Go-Betweens]


Setlist: King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Zoo-Music Girl/ 6" Gold Blade/ The Dim Locator/ Junkyard/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Release The Bats/ Nick The Stripper/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Loose.


Note: Despite the worst heat wave in 30 years they put on 3 manic shows in Adelaide.



29-Jan-82

AU Sydney,Manly Vale Hotel



30-Jan-82

AU Sydney-Newcastle,North Leagues Club

[with The Laughing Clowns]



31-Jan-82

AU Sydney-Paddington,Town Hall


Setlist: King Ink/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Zoo-Music Girl/ 6" Gold Blade/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ Dead Joe/ Nick The Stripper/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Loose.




01-Feb-82

AU Brisbane,-



05-Feb-82

AU Melbourne,The Chevron Club

[with the Moodists and People With Chairs Up Their Noses]


Setlist: The Dim Locator/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ King Ink/ Loose/ The Friend Catcher.




Note: Jim White [later of the Dirty Three] is the drummer of PWCUTN.


Feb-82

AU Melbourne,AAV Studios,recording a track which would later be released -without consent of the band- as "After The Fireworks" by the Tuff Monks (without Tracy Pew & Phill Calvert), with Grant McLennan, Robert Forster & Lindy Morrison [all of The Go-Betweens]. Engineered by Tony Cohen.



10-Feb-82

AU Melbourne,The Longford Cinema.


Screening of footage filmed by Evan English & Paul Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids) of The Birthday Party live at The Seaview Ballroom on 24-Dec-81 and The Astor Theatre 15-Jan-82.



16-Feb-82

AU Melbourne,Tracy Pew was arrested for drunk driving on 17-Jan-82. For this and several other outstanding offences (theft of a sewing machine, rice and frankfurts sausages in 1979) he is sentenced to 8 months imprisonement (serving only 2.5 months) at (the C-Division for short term prisoners at) H.M. Pentridge Prison , at the same place Mark "Chopper" Read was imprisoned in the late 70s. As a consequence live dates in New Zealand, California and Germany had to be cancelled.




18-Feb-82

UK Release of 'Drunk On The Pope's Blood' 12" EP on 4AD records



19-Feb-82

AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,The Seaview Ballroom

[with Safehouse and Plays With Marionettes]


Setlist: She's Hit/ The Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard(*)/ Release The Bats/ Nick The Stripper/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse/ The Hair Shirt.




Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Chris Walsh [The Moodists]. Plays With Marionettes is Hugo Race and Edward Clayton-Jones' band. Hugo would join Nick Cave's band for 6 months in 1983/1984 and Edward replaced Blixa Bargeld for Nick Cave's tour of Europe in May 1984. (*) released on "Composite Signals" VHS video compilation.


20-Feb-82

AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,The Seaview Ballroom

[with the Moodists and Plays With Marionettes]


Setlist: Junkyard/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Nick The Stripper/ Release The Bats/ A Dead Song/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ King Ink/ Funhouse/ Catman.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Chris Walsh [The Moodists].



24-Feb-82

NZ Auckland,Windsor Park


Note: Cancelled, due to Tracy Pew's arrest.



27-Feb-82

US San Francisco,Canon Kip

[with Minimal Man, The Meat Puppets]


28-Feb-82

US Berkeley,Keystone

[with Minimal Man, The Meat Puppets]




Note: Both shows cancelled, because Tracy Pew had just started serving time at H.M. Pentridge Prison.



05-Mar-82

UK London,The Venue

[with The Fall and The Cocteau Twins]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Junkyard/ Zoo-Music Girl/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 6" Gold Blade/ Release The Bats/ King Ink/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse/ Nick The Stripper.




Note: First UK show after their return from Australia. Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson (then of Magazine), because he's still serving time at Pentridge Prison . Barry only had been through one rehearsal with the band, but was "clearly in complete control" [as reviewed by Barney Hoskyns in the NME 13-Mar-82].


Mar-82

UK London,Matrix Studios,re-recording (with Barry Adamson replacing Tracy) "Dead Joe","Kiss Me Black" & "Kewpie Doll" from the "Junkyard" album session. Engineered by Richard Mazda.


Mar-82

UK London,Hammersmith,Riverside Studios,Rowland S.Howard & Mick Harvey record "Some Velvet Morning" 12" (with Lydia Lunch, Barry Adamson & Genevieve McGuckin). Engineered by Peter Williams.


London 15-Mar-82

15-Mar-82

UK London,Hammersmith,Riverside Studios,concert for BBC 2 TV program "Riverside"


Setlist: Dead Joe/ Big Jesus Trash Can.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson [then of Magazine, later Bad Seeds].




Germany Mar-82

16-Mar-82

DE Braunschweig, Jugendheim Nord


18-Mar-82

DE Berlin, Music Hall


20-Mar-82

DE Hamburg, Versuchsfeld




Note: All 3 were cancelled due to Tracy Pew's imprisonement.



25-Mar-82

UK London,Hammersmith Palais

[with The Fall, The Room]


Setlist: (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Dead Joe/ Junkyard/ Kewpie Doll/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ The Dim Locator/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Release The Bats/ King Ink/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson [then of Magazine, later Bad Seeds].

No.1 fan 'Bingo' is breathing fire at the band.



27-Mar-82

UK Liverpool,Warehouse


Setlist: Dead Joe/ King Ink/ Zoo-Music Girl/ 6" Gold Blade/ The Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ She's Hit/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.



Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson [then of Magazine, later Bad Seeds].



21-Apr-82

UK Sheffield,Hoffenbrauhaus

[with The Surface Mutants]


Setlist: King Ink/ Dead Joe/ The Dim Locator/ 6" Gold Blade/ Zoo-Music Girl/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ Big Jesus Trash Can.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard (Rowland's brother).



22-Apr-82

UK Glasgow,Night Moves

[with Cocteau Twins]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ Junkyard/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard.




23-Apr-82

UK Edinburgh,The Nite Club

[with Cocteau Twins]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ King Ink/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Zoo-Music Girl/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard.



25-Apr-82

UK Reading,Top Rank

[with The Fall]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Junkyard/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit/ Zoo-Music Girl/ 6" Gold Blade/ A Dead Song/ King Ink/ Release The Bats/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard.



06-May-82

UK Leeds,The Warehouse club


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ She's Hit/ Zoo-Music Girl/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard.



08-May-82

UK London,Zig Zag Club

[with UT and The Cravats]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Several Sins/ Zoo-Music Girl/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Release The Bats/ Funhouse/ Sad Dark Eyes/ A Dead Song.


Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Harry Howard.



26-May-82

UK London,Hammersmith,Clarendon Ballroom

[with The Go-Betweens]



Setlist: The Friend Catcher/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ 6" Gold Blade/ Dead Joe/ Sad Dark Eyes/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Nick The Stripper.


Note: Tracy Pew is back! (from a 2.5 months sentence at Melbourne's Pentridge Prison.) Tracy had flown over from Melbourne to London with The Go-Betweens, after been released earlier from jail due to good behaviour. The Go-Betweens' debut London show.


27-May-82

UK London,Hammersmith,Clarendon Ballroom

[with James King and the Lone Wolves]


Setlist: The Friend Catcher/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ Sad Dark Eyes/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ 6" Gold Blade/ Kewpie Doll/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink.



03-Jun-82

NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Note: start of the 'This is the last day of the rest of your life'-tour.

Lydia's & Rowland's 10 minute set uses a specially prepared backing tape by Einstürzende Neubauten. Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head". Lydia's presence exacerbates the rift growing between Cave and Howard. Die Haut and The Birthday Party meet for the first time.



04-Jun-82

NL Amsterdam,Paradiso

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head".

That day Nick is introduced by Gudrun Gut (of Malaria!) to Blixa Bargeld (of Einstürzende Neubauten) who are in Amsterdam for their concert at the Meervaart on 06-Jun-82.




05-Jun-82

NL Groningen,Vera

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ Junkyard(*)/ The Friend Catcher/ Big Jesus Trash Can(*)/ Sad Dark Eyes/ A Dead Song(*)/ Dead In The Head(*)/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)(*)/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn(*)/ She's Hit(*)/ Release The Bats/ Catman/ Loose.


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head".

(*): Broadcast by Dutch VARA FM radio on 18-Jan-83. All but the last 4 tracks also available on the (fair quality) "The Front Row Is Not For The Fragile" bootleg LP.



06-Jun-82

NL Den Haag,Paard Van Troje

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: The Friend Catcher/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Sad Dark Eyes/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Dead In The Head/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Dead Joe/ Funhouse/ Nick The Stripper.


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head". Rowland vocals on " A Dead Song".


07-Jun-82

NL Rotterdam-Kralingen,Utopia-Hal 4

[Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head".


08-Jun-82

FR Paris,Bains Douches

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Sad Dark Eyes/ Release The Bats/ Dead In The Head/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ She's Hit.


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head". Fights erupt on and off stage. Their only concert ever in France.


Jun-82

DE Berlin-Kreuzberg,Game Studio or Thomas Funk studios,sessions for the 'Honeymoon in Red' album (with Lydia Lunch, Genevieve McGuckin & Murray Mitchell. Without Phill Calvert.)



25-Jun-82

DE Berlin,Tiergarten,Ballhaus

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Dead In The Head/ 99 Ways/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Release The Bats/ Sad Dark Eyes/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Junkyard/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ She's Hit.




Note: start of the by Rowland christened 'Oops!, I've got blood on the end of my boot'-tour. All tracks available on "Live In Berlin" bootleg tape. Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Dead In The Head" and "99 Ways".



26-Jun-82

DE Hamburg,Versuchsfeld

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Dead Joe/ The Friend Catcher/ Release The Bats/ 6" Gold Blade/ Sad Dark Eyes/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can.



27-Jun-82

DE Bochum,Zeche

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]



Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Funhouse".


29-Jun-82

DE München,Alabamahalle

[Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Funhouse".


Bremen 01-Jul-83

01-Jul-82

DE Bremen,Aladin

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can(*)/ Dead Joe(*)/ The Friend Catcher(*)/ A Dead Song/ 6" Gold Blade(*)/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)(*)/ She's Hit(*)/ (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Funhouse.


Note: Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Funhouse" (see photo). Broadcast by Radio Bremen FM. All but "Release The Bats" & "She's Hit" released on bootleg LP "A Social Gathering For the Celebration Of The Anniversary Of Someones Birth". (*)Released on "Live 81-82" CD on 4AD records. Complete concert also available on the "Funhouse" bootleg LP.




Jul-82

UK Release of 'Junkyard' album on 4AD records.


Köln 02-Jul-82

02-Jul-82

DE Köln,Stollwerck,Maschinenhalle

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ The Friend Catcher/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ Kiss Me Black/ 6" Gold Blade/ Dead Joe/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.




Note : Lydia joins The Birthday Party on "Funhouse".

"Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)" and "Funhouse" released on "Kino Aus Der Kassette" German cassette-zine(1982). During "Kiss Me Black" Nick inavertedly kicks a girl in the face. Bingo saves Nick from being hit by a skinhead with an iron bar. Bedlam with bouncers and audience erupts. Also captured on a private video tape.




03-Jul-82

DE Frankfurt,Batschkapp

[with Die Haut and Lydia Lunch & Rowland S.Howard]


Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ Junkyard/ Dead Joe/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ The Friend Catcher/ Release The Bats/ 6" Gold Blade/ Zoo-Music Girl/ She's Hit/ (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Funhouse (with Lydia Lunch)/ Nick The Stripper.

Jul-82

DE Berlin-Kreuzberg,Game Studio,Rowland S.Howard records for Einstürzende Neubauten's "Durstiges Tier/Thirsty Animal" 12" (with Lydia Lunch & Alex Hacke)


Jul-82

DE Berlin-Kreuzberg,Game Studio,sessions for the 'Honeymoon in Red' album (with Lydia Lunch, Genevieve McGuckin &Murray Mitchell. Without Phill Calvert)


Jul-82

UK South London-Brixton,Cold Storage Studios (an old meat storage/processing facility),Nick Cave & Lydia Lunch record "Der Karibische Western" 12" with Die Haut. Engineer Charles Bullen [ex- This Heat].



July 10, 1982 Zig Zag Club, London, ENG (with Sisters of Mercy & Play School)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Dead Joe/ The Friend Catcher/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes) Pleasure heads Must Burn/ Kiss Me Black/ She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse/ Nick The Stripper.

July 1?, 1982 VPRO TV Studios, Hilversum, NED (DUTCH TV "Götterdömmerung 2000" performing "Junkyard" & "Big Jesus Trash Can". Broadcast July 21st. Due to complaints from viewers after the broadcast of "Junkyard", "Big Jesus Trash Can" is not shown)

Note 1: Program directed by Bram van Splunteren. Full program details as follows. Live in the studio: 02:05 Theatre of Hate: "The Hop"/"Americanos"; 09:01 The Birthday Party: "Junkyard"; 14:31 Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Voodoo Dolly"; 35:35 Comsat Angels: "Ju-Ju Money"; 38:37 Theatre of Hate: "Do You Believe In The Westworld"; Video clips: 21:07 Cabaret Voltaire: "No escape"; 24:48 Toyah: "Brave new world"; 28:19 A Certain Ratio: "Cripple child"; 30:54 Joy Division: "Shadowplay".

July 22, 1982 Hacienda, Manchester, ENG

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ A Dead Song/ The Dim Locator/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ She's Hit/ (Sometimes) Pleasure heads Must Burn/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.

July 23, 1982 Warehouse, Liverpool, ENG

Setlist: Big Jesus Trash Can/ The Friend Catcher/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 6" Gold Blade/ The Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ (Sometimes) Pleasure heads Must Burn/ Nick The Stripper.

July 24, 1982 Porterhouse, Retford, ENG

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Dead Joe/ The Friend Catcher/ Release The Bats/ Junkyard/ The Dim Locator/ 6" Gold Blade/ (Sometimes) Pleasure heads Must Burn/ She's Hit/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Funhouse.

August 5, 1982 The Venue, London, ENG (with The Laughing Clowns. Last concert with Phill Calvert. The Laughing Clowns flew over to the UK, to make UK live debut)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ (Sometimes) Pleasure heads Must Burn/ 6" Gold Blade/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ The Friend Catcher/ The Dim Locator/ A Dead Song/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Zoo-Music Girl/ King Ink.

Aug-82

UK London,Cold Storage Studios(?),final sessions for the 'Honeymoon in Red' album (with Lydia Lunch, Genevieve McGuckin &Murray Mitchell. Without Phill Calvert). Engineered by Steve Montgomery.


London Aug-82

Aug-82

The song writing was drying up and a scapegoat had to be found, which was Phill. Mick Harvey moves from rhythm guitar to drums.The band, sick of London, leaves and moves to Berlin (DE). First at Mark Reeder's [Die Unbekannten] place then later when Anita Lane arrives all move to Dresdener Strasse 11 (Christophe Dreher's [Die Haut] place).


Phill Calvert joins The Psychedelic Furs (1982-84) and then Blue Ruin (1985-91). Later he forms The Sunday Kind (1992-93), The Sugarhips (1998) and In Vovo (2002). In 2006 he produced (the Birthday Party influenced) Witch Hats first EP and album. These days Phill runs a wholesale accessory/jewellery company with his wife, Julia.


Line-up #2 (DE, Berlin August,1982-August,1983):

Nick Cave (vocals)/ Rowland S.Howard (guitar)/ Tracy Pew (bass) & Mick Harvey (drums)

Aug-82

DE Berlin,a studio,recording "The Fullness Of His Coming" & "I Killed It With A Shoe" with Anita Lane (Nick's muse). None were ever released.



17-Sep-82

GR Athina,Sporting

"First Ever Festival of Independent Rock 'n' Roll."

[with The Fall & New Order]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Sonny's Burning/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ The Dim Locator/ Fears Of Gun/ Still Burning/ Release The Bats/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Funhouse/ Junkyard/ Loose.



Note: Three day festival, taking place in a basketball stadium and organised by Petros Moustakas.

Jim G. Thirlwell [Foetus] on sax during last 3 songs. First concert with Line-up#2. Nick pushes the 6 bouncers off stage. Audience storms the stage (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed"). "Funhouse" released on "Live 81-82" CD on 4AD records.


23-Sep-82

DE Berlin,Music Hall

[with Malaria!]


Setlist: Sonny's Burning/ 6" Gold Blade/ Dead Joe/ Deep In The Woods/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/She's Hit.


Note: Nick joins Malaria! on vocals for their encore "We Are The Famous Men". Nick Cave: "Shut up! This is our concert, not yours." Released on the (poor quality) "Drunk on Deutschen Blood" bootleg album.



Oct-82

DE Berlin,The Sector/Music Hall

[with Einstürzende Neubauten]


Note: Weeks in advance both bands had been offered unlimited supply of free drinks to attract customers to this new club. The concert was cancelled by the club owners (2 Turkish arms dealers) when they found out they would never be able to recoup these expenses and certainly after they saw the flyer -with a photo of Nick & Rowland- to advertise the concert. The club closed soon after.



07-09/Oct-82

DE Berlin,Hansa Ton studios,sessions for the "Bad Seed" EP. Engineered by Tony Cohen. The sessions suffered from a shortage of material, since Cave had ceased writing with Howard, instead he started writing with Harvey.



14-Oct-82

NL Rotterdam-Kralingen,Utopia-Hal 4

[with Het Laatste]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Release The Bats/ Sonny's Burning.



15-Oct-82

BE Brussel,Plan K

[with Isolation Ward]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ The Dim Locator/ She's Hit/ Release The Bats/ Sonny's Burning/ 16 Tons/ Funhouse.



16-Oct-82

BE Hasselt-Kuringen,Ontmoetingscentrum

[with MDC Co.]


Setlist: Sonny's Burning/ 6" Gold Blade/ Wild World/ Dead Joe/ The Dim Locator/ Deep In The Woods/ Fears Of Gun/ Release The Bats/ She's Hit/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!).



15-Nov-82

UK London,BBC Studios

recording John Peel Radio Session IV


Setlist: Deep In The Woods/ Marry Me(Lie!Lie!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Sonny's Burning.


Note: First broadcast by BBC Radio One on 22-Nov-82.

Also released on "The John Peel Sessions" CD (Strange Fruit UK-2001).


22-Nov-82

UK Edinburgh,Coasters

[with The Laughing Clowns]


Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Deep In The Woods/ 6" Gold Blade/ Dead Joe/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Sonny's Burning/ Loose.



23-Nov-82

UK Glasgow,Night Moves

[with The Laughing Clowns]


Note: The gig descended into chaos with Nick Cave jumping from the low stage to fight with a member of the audience. "If you want us to play for more than one minute then fucking behave" says Cave [as reviewed by Andrea Miller for Sounds 01-Jan-83]. The concert was filmed by the venue.



November 25, 1982 Ace Cinema, London, ENG (with Virgin Prunes)

Setlist: Sonny's Burning/ Deep In The Woods/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ 6" Gold Blade/ Pleasure Avalanche/ She's Hit/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Release The Bats (aborted).



Note 1: "We were having a big argument about the encore (..) and we couldn't decide what to do (..) and we were all screaming at each other in the dressing room, and finally we said, Well, let's just do 'Release The Bats'. Mick and Nick didn't want to, but they said alright, and the cameras were rolling, all the audience was screaming and shouting and then, 'Tracy forgot how to play it!'. I was playing 'Six Inch Gold Blade', I had a mental block (..) So we tried it again,(..) I still couldn't do it, and I think we had a third go, then Mick just hurled his sticks down and launched himself off stage. Nick left. Rowland went and hid behind his amp or something. And I was left on the stage alone looking -deservedly- like an arsehole."

Tracy Pew quoted in "Stranded" a book by Clinton Walker.


Note 2: "On leaving, I was not alone in thinking that The Birthday Party are, maybe the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band in the World" [as reviewed by Mat Snow for the NME 04-Dec-82]. The concert was filmed by Channel 4 TV. Last 2 songs broadcast by BBC TV on "Whatever You Want" and later released on "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" DVD (Cherry Red UK 2003). Released on the (fair quality) "Slum Church" bootleg album.

December 1982 Studio West, Aachen, GER (Nick Cave records "Burnin the Ice" album with Die Haut in 2 days. Engineered by Rainer Rutow. Mixed by Klaus Krüger @ Studio Funk,Berlin in Mar-83)

December ?, 1982 Effenaar, Eindhoven, NED (Nick Cave's first live guest appearance with Die Haut. They perform songs from the "Burnin' The Ice" album)

1983

January 18, 1983 Vara's Moondogs, Hilversum, NED (Vara FM Radio. Nick and Tracy host the 3 hour program and are interviewed by Bram Van Splunteren (who in 1987 would make the TV documentary "Stranger in a strange land" about Nick Cave). Their selection includes songs by The Stooges, Archie Shepp, Hank Williams, Tennessee E. Ford, Kris Kristofferson, Captain Beefheart, The Walker Brothers, Van Morrison, Alex Harvey, The Saints, Red Crayola, etc.. Also broadcast are 7 tracks from their concert at the Vera, Groningen on 05-Jun-82)

January 19, 1983 Tivoli, Utrecht, NED (As Ed Kuepper had broken up The Laughing Clowns in London in December 1982, Jeffrey Wegener was asked to play drums on this short 5 date Dutch tour. He plays drums for half of the set on songs where Mick Harvey switches back to guitar)

January 20, 1983 Stokvishal, Arnhem, NED (With Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of the set)

Setlist: Six String That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning/ She's Hit/ 6" Gold Blade/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Big Jesus Trash Can.

January 21, 1983 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NED (supported by Exploiting The Profits, with Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of the set)

January 22, 1983 Arena, Rotterdam, NED (supported by Exploiting The Profits, with Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of the set)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Fears Of Gun/ Deep In The Woods/ Wild World/ Dead Joe/ She's Hit/ Sonny's Burning/ The Friend Catcher/ Six Strings That Drew Blood.

January 23, 1983 Effenaar, Eindhoven, NED (supported by Isolation Ward, last show with Jeffrey Wegener on drums)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Fears Of Gun/ Deep In The Woods/ 6" Gold Blade/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ She's Hit/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning/ The Friend Catcher.

February 24, 1983 Hacienda, Manchester, ENG (with Mick Harvey back on drums)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Say A Spell/ Fears Of Gun/ Pleasure Avalanche/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning/ Swampland/ She's Hit.

February 25, 1983 Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, ENG

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Say A Spell/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Deep In The Woods/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ 6" Gold Blade/ Sonny's Burning/ Swampland.

February 26, 1983 City Hall, St. Albans, ENG (with Crown of Thorns)

February 27, 1983 Jenkinson's, Brighton, ENG

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Say A Spell/ Fears Of Gun/ Pleasure Avalanche/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning.

March 5, 1983 Saltlageret, Copenhagen, DEN (Nosferatu Festival Nosferatu Festival 2)

March 7, 1983 Lyceum, London, ENG (with Malaria! & Einstürzende Neubaute)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Say A Spell/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ Fears Of Gun/ Deep In The Woods/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Swampland/ Sonny's Burning/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ She's Hit.

March 1983 Band changes labels (from 4AD) to Mute Records. Mick Harvey announces his departure from the group, but agrees to do the American tour.

March 24, 1983 The Channel Club, Boston, MA (with Dangerous Birds)

March 25, 1983 Traxx, Detroit, MI (with L-Seven and Laughing Hyenas)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Say A Spell/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning.

March 26, 1983 Peppermint Lounge, New York City, NY

March 28, 1983 I Beam, San Francisco, CA

Setlist: Sonny's Burning/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ Swampland/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!).

March 30, 1983 Roxy, Los Angeles, CA (2 shows 9.00 & 11.00 supported by Lydia Lunch (spoken word) with Jim Sclavunos on keyboards and sax.

Setlist (9pm): Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Say A Spell/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ Swampland/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning.

Setlist (11pm): Sonny's Burning/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ 6" Gold Blade/ Swampland/ Wild World/ Pleasure Avalanche/ She's Hit.

April 1, 1983 Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO

Setlist: Sonny's Burning/ Swampland/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ 6" Gold Blade/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ She's Hit/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!).

April ?, 1983 Dallas, TX

April 3, 1983 Tuts, Chicago, IL

April ?, 1983 Toronto, ON

April 6, 1983 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (with Timbuktu)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Swampland/ Fears Of Gun/ Wild World/ Big Jesus Trash Can/ Sonny's Burning/ She's Hit/ 6" Inch Gold Blade/ Pleasure Avalanche.

April 8, 1983 Dancetaria, New York City, NY (with Die Haut)

April 9, 1983 East Side Club, Philadelphia, PA (with Swans)

April 10, 1983 9:30 Club, Washington DC (with Social Suicide)

Setlist: Swampland/ Sonny's Burning/ 6" Gold Blade/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit.

April 1983 Hansa Ton studios, Berlin, GER (sessions for "Mutiny!" EP and recording "Six Strings That Drew Blood", "Pleasure Avalanche" & "Wings Off Flies". Engineered by Tony Cohen)

April 26, 1983 Electric Ballroom, London, ENG (with S.P.K. Mick Harvey's last concert after announcing his departure from the band in March 1983)

Setlist: Swampland/ 6" Gold Blade/ Sonny's Burning/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Jennifer's Veil.

Line-up #3 (May 1983 till June 9, 1983)

  • Nick Cave (vocals)
  • Rowland S.Howard (guitar)
  • Tracy Pew (bass)
  • Des Hefner (drums)

May 1, 1983 Trade Union Club, Sydney, AUS (Cancelled, rescheduled for the 15th, with Idiom Flesh & Kill The King)

May 2, 1983 Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland, NZ (Rehearsing. New Zealander, Des Hefner (real name Simon Monroe) [of Marching Girls and Dead Can Dance] replaces Mick Harvey on drums for the NZ/AU tour after being enlisted for the tour via a phonecall from the Hansa Ton studios in Berlin, when the band were recording the "Mutiny!" EP. The band rehearses 7 songs with him in 10 hours: Deep In The Woods/ Sonny's Burning/ Jennifer's Veil/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit)

May 3, 1983 Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland, NZ (with The Marching Girls and Fishschool)

Setlist: Deep In The Woods/ Sonny's Burning/ Jennifer's Veil/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit.

May 5, 1983 Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ (with The Skeptics, The Marching Girls and Kevin Hawkins)

Setlist: Dead Joe/ Deep In The Woods/ Sonny's Burning/ Jennifer's Veil/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit.

May 6, 1983 Victoria University Union Hall, Wellington, NZ (with Fish School and The Marching Girls)

Setlist: Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Jennifer's Veil/ Sonny's Burning/ She's Hit/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!).

May 7, 1983 Sandridge Hotel, Christchurch, NZ (Moved to Gladstone hotel on the 9th, with The Marching Girls)

May 9, 1983 Gladstone Hotel, Christchurch, NZ (Moved from Sandridge hotel on the 7th, with The Marching Girls)

Setlist: Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Wild World/ Jennifer's Veil/ Sonny's Burning/ She's Hit/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!).

May 13, 1983 U.N.S.W. Roundhouse, Sydney, AUS (with The Scientists & The Same)

Setlist: Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Wild World/ Junkyard/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Sonny's Burning/ Jennifer's Veil/ Dead Joe/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit.

May 14-15, 1983 Trade Union Club, Sydney, AUS (with (14th) The Reels & (15th) Idiom Flesh & Kill The King. The 15th was rescheduled from the 1st, the 14th was broadcast by 2JJJ-FM)

Setlist (14th): Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Deep In The Woods/ Wild World/ Sonny's Burning/ Junkyard/ She's Hit.

May 18, 1983 The Red Parrot, Perth, AUS (with The Scientists & The Same. Show was cut short when Nick was bitten on the leg by a hospital clerk named Sarah, and knocked to the ground by the former lead singer of The Shuffling Hungarians Ray Brown)

May 20, 1983 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Storey Hall, Melbourne, AUS (with The Scientists)

May 21, 1983 The Venue, Melbourne, AUS (with The Moodists & The Scientists. Filmed by Jurgis (George) Maleckas, and shown as "She's Hit-The Last Birthday Party" (38mins) at the Melbourne 2009 International Film Festival)

Setlist: Junkyard/ Sonny's Burning/ Wild World/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Fears Of Gun/ Dead Joe/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit/ Jennifer's Veil.

June 9, 1983 Seaview Ballroom, St.Kilda, AUS (Last ever Birthday Party concert, done to get some money to return to the UK, with The Moodists & Tall Dark and Handsome)

Setlist: Junkyard/ Sonny's Burning/ Wild World/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Deep In The Woods/ Dead Joe/ Fears Of Gun/ She's Hit/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Jennifer's Veil.

August 1983 Britannia Row Studios, London, ENG (Re-working of the "Mutiny!" EP. Towards the end of the sessions Blixa Bargeld (of Einstürzende Neubauten) replaced Rowland S.Howard on "Mutiny In Heaven". Mick Harvey also assists in finalising the recording session. Mutiny was released in the UK in November)

Aftermath

After the Birthday Party's "Mutiny!" EP sessions in London Tracy Pew returns to Melbourne, where he resumes studying art at Melbourne University. He joins Nick Cave on his short Australian "Man or Myth ?"-tour in Dec-83/Jan-84 and later he joins The Saints European touring band in Fall/Autumn 1984. He also guested on Nick Cave's "Kicking Against The Pricks" album in Nov/Dec 1985. He died on November 7, 1986.

Rowland S. Howard (together with Mick Harvey) joined Crime & The City Solution in January 1985 and later formed his own band These Immortal Souls (1987-98). In 1994 he permanently returns to Melbourne where he ocassionally does solo (acoustic) concerts. In 1999 he recorded his first solo album "Teenage Snuff Film" and in 2008 his second, and final, "Pop Crimes" album. He died on December 30, 2009.

Mick Harvey briefly joined Plays With Marionettes (Hugo Race's band) and later Nick Cave in the Bad Seeds (1983-2009).

During September/October 1983 Nick Cave entered the Garden Studios, London with Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Jim G.Thirlwell and later Barry Adamson to start the recording of his then titled "Man Or Myth" solo EP which in February/March 1984 at Trident studios expanded into the first Bad Seeds album "From Her To Eternity".

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