THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
A1: BLAST OFF (2:18); A2: SHE’S HIT (6:06); A3: DEAD JOE (3:09); A4: THE DIM LOCATOR (2:50); A5: HAMLET (POW, POW, POW) (5:33); A6: SEVERAL SINS (2:56).
B1: BIG-JESUS-TRASH-CAN (3:00); B2: KISS ME BLACK (2:48); B3: 6″ GOLD BLADE (3:35); B4: KEWPIE DOLL (3:32); B5: JUNKYARD (5:49); B6: RELEASE THE BATS (2:29).
CATEGORY: CHAOS-ROCK | DURATION: 39 MINUTES
Junkyard is where the Birthday Party’s vision of music as a violent conflagration of the senses was finally matched by its execution. Emerging from the shadow of the Pop Group, the Birthday Party eschewed that band’s rabid political agenda in favour of dark and gothic lyrical themes conjuring images of axe-attacks, stabbings, bloody bites, mayhem and insanity from society’s accursed and derelict nocturnal underbelly. Junkyard set the standard for a kind of molten chaos-rock which American bands like Scratch Acid would emulate throughout the 80s. This is the 1988 CD version, resequenced to include the defining 1981 7-inch single “Release The Bats”/“Blast Off”.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT YOUNG (1964-2014)
“ÆTERNUM VORTICE LACRIMARUM SOMNIAT”