The Birthday Party, article and audio recalling New Zealand debut, 30 years ago

0219Jonathan Ganley on The Birthday Party at Mainstreet Cabaret (Aukland Neww Zealand), 3rd May1983.

Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour.

Showtime.  Nick Cave looked out at the crowd and spoke. “You can turn off the disco. The rock stars have arrived.”

The brief, loud, and ramshackle performance that followed would have been barely memorable if this had been a lesser band, or one without the image of wasted nihilism and a reputation for confrontation and debauchery that the Birthday Party possessed in 1983.

The set lasted barely half an hour, and they played seven songs, the four songs off the Bad Seed EP, Jennifer’s Veil and two more from Junkyard. Nick rolled across the stage, stood up, bent over double, and screamed into the mike.

Read the ARTICLE here > > > Jonathan Ganley on The Birthday Party at Mainstreet,1983 | Nick Cave Fixes.

And from the magnificent “Nick Cave Fixes” website, the audio from a gig just two nights later (downloadable).

Folks, I don’t have the Mainstreet show but I do have the bootleg audio from two nights later, May 5, 1983, when the band played Palmerston. Here’s an audio fix celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Birthday Party’s NZ tour. Enjoy!

Hear the AUDIO here > > >   Nick Cave Fixes

The Birthday Party – May 5, 1983 – Palmerston North, Massey University, NZ

Lineup: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Tracey Pew, Des Hefner (replacing Mick Harvey)

  1. Deep in the Woods
  2. Sonny’s Burning 
  3. Jennifer’s Veil 
  4. Wild World 
  5. Fears Of Gun
  6. Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow) 
  7. She’s Hit

Read the ARTICLE here > > > Jonathan Ganley on The Birthday Party at Mainstreet,1983 | Nick Cave Fixes.

Hear the AUDIO here > > >   Nick Cave Fixes

One thought on “The Birthday Party, article and audio recalling New Zealand debut, 30 years ago

  1. HEY G&A, You are doing such a fantastic job here. Just wanted to give you a heads up that The Birthday Party’s May 9th 1983 gig at Gladstone Hotel is coming up. 🙂

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