Live 1981-82

The Birthday Party - Live 1981-82
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July 5, 1999 / Release Date
Live / Format
4AD / Label
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If I had to describe this live album in brief, it would be "absolutely unhinged", what an absolute beast of a record! It beats over the head till you're nothing but a puddle of blood and giblets and then keeps going. Some of the most brutal post-punk you will ever be subjected to, all culminating by the end into a truly apocalyptic cover of the stooges' funhouse, whereupon all hell breaks loose as the album just implodes on itself, creating such a cathartic climax it felt like I had ... read more


a stolen description, but this album is the equivalent of a puddle of milk left out in the hot, hot sun.


I suppose "Unhinged" would be the perfect single word description of this album. This is chaotic to an extent that very few albums dare to even approach, every instrument sounds like it's about to explode from the sheer force they're extending them to and Nick himself genuinely sounds like he's out of his damn mind. This is just disgusting. Blood and bile soaked filth. I am fucking mystified by it.

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Track List

  1. Junkyard
  2. A Dead Song
  3. The Dim Locator
  4. Zoo - Music - Girl
  5. Nick The Stripper
  6. Blast Off!
  7. Release The Bats
  8. Bully Bones
  9. King Ink
  10. (Sometimes) Please Heads Must Burn
  11. Big - Jesus - Trash - Can
  12. Dead Joe
  13. The Friend Catcher
  14. 6 Inch Gold Blade
  15. Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
  16. She's Hit
  17. Funhouse

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Added on: February 19, 2020