Boys Next Door were the first band of one Mr. Nick Cave. Door, Door was their debut album. It was recorded at two different recording studios in Melbourne between June 1978 and January 1979. The band relocated to London in 1980 and changed their name to The Birthday Party. The rest, as they say, is history!
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Before Nick Cave’s Birthday Party were the Birthday Party they were the Boys Next Door, and they lived in Melbourne, not London. Are there any other differences to spot? Kinda: ‘Door, Door’ might be the most jangly thing Sir Goth Collar has ever put his name to, a record that rolls in with the gleeful spirit of proto and then dances around the place with Bowie’s glee. There’s less mirth here than your average heathen Birthday Party cut; there are more handclaps. Are you not entertained?
These songs are some of Cave’s quickest and most accessible, at times, with “Brave Exhibitions” riding on the back of a simplistic chord sequence and a boisterous sax solo. Cave’s voice is perhaps more suited for a punk disco than ever, not yet burrowed deep into an existential malaise, instead perky and happy to flirt with high notes. “Friends of My World”, the slimiest cut here, takes guitar both muted and chunky, and lets Cave do his thing over it -- rolling his tongue, delivering gravelly bits, doing Bowie chants where the “O” in “Oh” is quadrupled.
“After a Fashion” has notes groan out of a guitar before it goes on a riff the Strokes have probably heard a few times; its vibe feels more punks in a waiting lounge than post-punk, a slick and far less frantic tune than one the Birthday Party would fixate on. And while there are certainly signs of a looser, more thrilled Cave in “Drive Position” and the Talking Heads-esque “I Mistake Myself”, there’s not much here to suggest the cold-blooded, abstract punk who would arrive. Maybe it's just chiller in Melbourne?
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