The Birthday Party

(London 1st March 1980 - August 1983)

Chronology

Birthday Party (Los Angeles - March 1983). From left: Mick Harvey - Rowland S.Howard - Nick Cave - Tracy Pew
The band @ the Tropicana Motel in LA, late March 1983. Photo credit: © David Arnoff (used with kind permission).


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads),
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the Australian band The Birthday Party
-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


1980

The band played their last show as the Boys Next Door on 28-Feb-80 in Melbourne,Australia at the Hearts club at the Polaris Inn. They leave for London the next day and change their name to The Birthday Party. They live in poor circumstances and have to take day jobs to support themselves. They will end up playing only 10 shows (on borrowed equipment) in the UK in 1980. Despite the name change they continue to perform mainly Boys Next Door songs during their live sets. Only as of the spring of 1981 their sets will consist mainly out of Birthday Party material.


Line-up #1 (UK, London: 01-Mar-80 - Aug-82):
Nick Cave (vocals)/ Mick Harvey (guitar)/ Rowland S.Howard (guitar)/ Tracy Pew (bass) & Phillip Calvert (drums)

London 29-Jun-80

29-Jun-80
UK London,Covent Garden,Rock Garden
[with Temporary Title and The Dave]

Note: first concert as The Birthday Party, 4 months after arriving in the UK.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 28-Jun-80.


London 10-Jul-80

10-Jul-80
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with DAF and The Lines]

Note: 2nd concert as The Birthday Party. Ivo Watts-Russel of 4AD records attends show. Shambolic performance due to the fact that the band had consumed their 'rider' of free alcohol only 10 minutes before taking the stage (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 28-Jun-80.


Jul-80
AU Release of 'Mr. Clarinet/Happy Birthday' 7"
on Missing Link records (Australia)

Note: These are in fact still Boys Next Door songs recorded in Melbourne in Jan/Feb-80


London 07-Aug-80

07-Aug-80
UK London,Covent Garden,Rock Garden
[with Blurt]

Ad: Taken from UK mag Aug-80

Note: Ivo Watts-Russel of 4AD records again attends the show.


London 28-Aug-80

28-Aug-80
UK London,Covent Garden,Rock Garden
4AD Records' night
[with The The]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 23-Aug-80


10-Sep-80
UK London,BBC Maida Vale Studios,Studio 4,
recording John Peel Radio Session I

Setlist: Cry/ Yard/ Figure Of Fun/ King Ink

Note: First broadcast by BBC Radio One on 25-Sep-80.
Also released on "The John Peel Sessions" CD(Strange Fruit UK-2001)


London 18-Sep-80

18-Sep-80
UK London,Islington,Hope and Anchor Hotel

Note: Concert to celebrate their deal with of 4AD records.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 20-Sep-80.


London 08-Oct-80

08-Oct-80
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Cluba
[with DAF]

Setlist: Amongst others: Figure Of Fun & The Friend Catcher.

Ad: Scan of xerox taken from UK mag Oct-80.

Review: See review by Terri Sanai taken from Sounds mag 25-Oct-80 in the Bibliography's articles section.


11-Oct-80
UK Release of 'The Friend Catcher/Waving my arms/Catman'7"
on 4AD records (UK)

Note: These are in fact still Boys Next Door songs recorded in Melbourne in Jan/Feb-80


London 23-Oct-80

23-Oct-80
UK London,Camden,Music Machine
[with In Camera & Dance Chapter]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 25-Oct-80.


London 30-Oct-80

30-Oct-80
UK London,Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel
[with In Camera & Mass]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 25-Oct-80

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


London 03-Nov-80

03-Nov-80
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with End Games]

Ad: Scan of xerox taken from UK mag Oct-80.


London 04-Nov-80

04-Nov-80
UK London,Richmond,Snoopy's

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 18-Oct-80


Nov-80
AU Release of 'Boys Next Door/Birthday Party' compilation album
on Missing Link records (Australia)


Tour Nov-Dec-80

22-Nov-80
AU Melbourne,Crystal Ballroom

Note: First concert after their return from London and start of their first Australian tour as The Birthday Party.

Poster: Original poster.


26-Nov-80
AU Canberra-Woden,Carousello disco

Note: According to Arthur C. "There was almost nobody there".


27-Nov-80
AU Sydney,Rockgarden

Note: During the tour in Sydney Nick and Tracy get their first tattoos.


Sydney 28-Nov-80 28-Nov-80
AU Sydney,Paris Theatre
[with Laughing Clowns & The Go-Betweens]

Setlist: King Ink/ Happy Birthday/ Guilt Parade/ Yard/ Mr. Clarinet/ Figure Of Fun/ The Friend Catcher/ Waving My Arms/ Nick The Stripper/ Safehouse/ Catman/ Cry/ The Hair Shirt/ Riddle House.

Note: Broadcast live to air by Australian radio.
"Cry" released on "Cremation" bootleg LP (listed as Melbourne,Hearts 9-Apr-81).

Poster: Taken from the inside cover of "Inner City Sound", a book by Clinton Walker


29-Nov-80
AU Sydney,Paris Theatre
[with Laughing Clowns & The Go-Betweens]


Brisbane 30-Nov-80

30-Nov-80
AU Brisbane,Brighton Hotel
[with the Go-Betweens and Pel Mel]

Poster: Photo of poster.


Brisbane 04-05-06-Dec-80

04-Dec-80
AU Brisbane,-

05-Dec-80
AU Brisbane,-

06-Dec-80
AU Brisbane,-

Note: One of the above shows was organised by 4ZZZ FM from QLD.

Poster: Original handwritten poster.


07-Dec-80
AU Sydney,Gladesville,Bayview Tavern


09-Dec-80
AU Melbourne-South Yara,Macy's
[with The Go-Betweens]

Note: Last date of the first Australian tour.


12-Dec-80
AU Melbourne,Paradise Lounge (below Crystal Ballroom)
[with The Go-Betweens]


13-Dec-80
AU Melbourne,Crystal Ballroom

Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ Happy Birthday/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Yard/ Mr. Clarinet/ Let's Talk About Art/ The Friend Catcher/ Waving My Arms/ King Ink/ Guilt Parade/ The Hair Shirt.


20-Dec-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Equal Local]

Setlist: The Friend Catcher/ Guilt Parade/ Safehouse/ King Ink/ Waving My Arms/ Yard/ Mr. Clarinet/ Nick The Stripper/ Let's Talk About Art/ Happy Birthday/ Figure Of Fun/ The Hair Shirt/ Cry/ Catman/ Cracked Portrait/ Riddle House.


Melbourne 30-Dec-80

30-Dec-80
AU Melbourne,Crystal Ballroom
(Benefit concert for the Crystal Ballroom)

Note: without Phil. Only doing Stooges covers.


Photo: Credit Steve Gleeson.


31-Dec-80
AU Melbourne,Crystal Ballroom
[with Blue Scooters + International Exiles]

Note: One of the stage-divers was kicked off stage by Tracy Pew (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").


Late-Dec-80 to Jan-81
AU Melbourne, Richmond Recorders studios: "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

22-Jan-81
AU Adelaide,Hotel Fantasia
[with Dance Movie]

Note: Start of the 2nd Australian tour.


Adelaide 23/25-Jan-81

23-Jan-81
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with The Beat Detectives & Joyous Invasion]

Setlist: Encore: Loose


24-Jan-81
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with Fun Fun Fun & The Mutes]

Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ Mr Clarinet/ Zoo Music Girl/ The Friend Catcher/ Happy Birthday/ Yard/ Guilt Parade/ Let's Talk About Art /King Ink/ Waving My Arms/ Cry/ Catman/ Hair Shirt/ Safehouse.


Photo: Credit Alison Lea.


Adelaide 23/25-Jan-81

25-Jan-81
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with The Bad Poets & The Lounge]

Photo: Credit Alison Lea. Another of Alison's photos is on the cover of the "Nick The Stripper" 12".


31-Jan-81
AU Melbourne-St. Kilda, Seaview Hotel
[with Fabulous Marquises + Little Murders]


Australia 05/07-Feb-81

05-Feb-81
AU Sydney,Cammerey,San Miguel
[with Fabulous Marquises]

Poster: Taken from the inside cover of "Inner City Sound" book by C.Walker.


Sydney 06-Feb-81

06-Feb-81
AU Sydney,Cell Block Theatre
[with Fabulous Marquises + Wild West]

Poster: Scan of poster. Scan of another poster courtesy of Edvin S.

Flyer : Scan of flyer .


Gladesville 07-Feb-81

07-Feb-81
AU Sydney,Gladesville,Bayview Tavern
[with Fabulous Marquises + Moving Parts]

Poster: Scan of poster.


14-Feb-81
AU Melbourne-Carlton, Polaris Inn Hotel


21-Feb-81
AU Melbourne,Crystal Ballroom
[with Equal Local]

Setlist: Happy Birthday/ Nick The Stripper/ Guilt Parade/ Zoo-Music Girl/ Yard/ Mr. Clarinet/ The Friend Catcher/ Let's Talk About Art/ Waving My Arms/ King Ink/ Figure Of Fun/ The Hair Shirt/ Catman/ Cry/ Loose.

Note: Last concert before going back overseas. Nick invites an audience member to sing "Loose". Tracy pushes him off stage.

Evan English & Paul Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids) shoot the 'Nick The Stripper' promo video (edited by John Hillcoat) in Melbourne-Camberwell the same week, the day before the band return to London.


London 11-Mar-81

11-Mar-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with My Captains]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 14-Mar-81. Scan from another ad.


London 18-Mar-81

18-Mar-81
UK London,Covent Garden,Rock Garden

Ad: Taken from NME mag 14-Mar-81.


19-Mar-81
UK London,The Venue
[with Colin Newman]

Note: with Barry Adamson (later to become a Bad Seeds member) and Bleddyn Butcher (later to become the band's 'house' photographer) in the audience.


London 29-Mar-81

29-Mar-81
UK London,Covent Garden,Africa Centre
[with Zeitgeist and The Apocalypse]

Flyer: Original flyer.

Ad: Scan of xerox of ad from UK mag.


30-Mar-81
UK Release of "Prayers on Fire" album on 4AD records


London 31-Mar-81

31-Mar-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with Mass]

Photo: Credit Harry Papadopoulos.

Ad: Scan of xerox of ad from UK mag.


Apr-81
UK London,Townhouse Studio. "Release the Bats/Blast Off" 7" recording sessions. Engineered by Nick Launey.


21-Apr-81
UK London,BBC Langham 1 Studio
recording John Peel Radio Session II

Setlist: Release The Bats/ Rowland Around In That Stuff/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Loose

Note: First broadcast by BBC Radio One on 28-Apr-81.
Also released on "The John Peel Sessions" CD(Strange Fruit UK-2001)


London 24-Apr-81

24-Apr-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with Broadcast & The Balloons]

Ad: Taken from UK mag Apr-81.


London 26-Apr-81

26-Apr-81
UK London-Acton,The Fire Escape (above The Kings Head)
[with Dif Juz]

Setlist: Nick The Stripper/ Happy Birthday/ Release The Bats/ Yard/ Waving My Arms/ Figure Of Fun/ The Friend Catcher.

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 25-Apr-81.


London 01-May-81

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.

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 02-May-81.


London 06-May-81

06-May-81
UK London,Covent Garden,The Rock Garden

Ad: Taken from NME mag 02-May-81.


London 15-May-81

15-May-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with Dr Mix & The Remix and Self Control]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 16-May-81. Scan from another ad.


London 16-May-81

16-May-81
UK London,The Mall,ICA,Rock Week
[with Blurt and Ivory Coasters]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 16-May-81.


London 18-May-81

18-May-81
UK London,The Venue
[with The Lounge Lizards]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 16-May-81.


0x-Jun-81
UK Hemel Hempstead,Pavillion

Note: Their first UK gig outside of London (28 miles).


05-Jun-81
UK Leighton Buzzard,Bossard Hall
[with This Dead Plaything and The Chronic Outbursts]

Setlist: A Dead Song/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Nick The Stripper/ Cry/ Release The Bats.

Note: Their second UK gig (45 miles) outside of London. They only played a really short set because of the 2 other (local) bands on the bill, who played before them, and because they had to get back to London to catch the last tube. Which meant they must have been playing largely on borrowed equipment.


Jun-81
AU Release of 'Nick the stripper/Kathy's Kisses/Blundertown' 12" on Missing Link records


Brighton 08-Jun-81

08-Jun-81
UK Brighton,The Richmond

Ad: Taken from NME mag 06-Jun-81.


West Hampstead 12-Jun-81

12-Jun-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with The Parting Shots]

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

Ad: Taken from NME mag 13-Jun-81.


UK tour Jun-81

17-Jun-81
UK Newcastle,University
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

Ad: Scan of xerox taken from UK mag June 1981.

Note: Start of first (8 date) tour of the UK in which they do the support for Bauhaus.


18-Jun-81
UK Liverpool,Royal Court Pavilion
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]


Nottingham 19-Jun-81

19-Jun-81
UK Nottingham,Rock City
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

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.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 06-Jun-81.


Aylesbury 20-Jun-81

20-Jun-81
UK Aylesbury,Friars-Maxwell Hall,
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

Setlist: (not in this order:) Figure Of Fun/ Cry/ Nick The Stripper/ Blast Off/ Zoo-Music Girl/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ King Ink/ A Dead Song/ Release The Bats.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 20-Jun-81.


21-Jun-81
UK Brighton,Jenkinsons
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]


Leeds 23-Jun-81

23-Jun-81
UK Leeds,Tiffanys
[with 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.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Reading 24-Jun-81

24-Jun-81
UK Reading,Top Rank Club
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 13-Jun-81.


London 25-Jun-81

25-Jun-81
UK London,Lyceum
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

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.

Note: "Release The Bats" released on "Devil In A Bottle" bootleg LP.

Ad: Taken from UK mag 13-Jun-81.


27-Jun-81
UK Cambridge,Corn Exchange
[with Subway Sect & Bauhaus]

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".


London 29-Jun-81

29-Jun-81
UK London,Heaven
[with Dif Juz & Hugo Klang]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


London 09-Jul-81

09-Jul-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with The Transmitters]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 11-Jul-81.


London 16-Jul-81

16-Jul-81
UK London,The Venue
[support for The Blue Orchids and with The Nightingales]

Photo: Credit Harold Schellinx at SoundBlog.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 18-Jul-81 .

Flyer: Scan from flyer.


London 29-Jul-81

29-Jul-81
UK London,Covent Garden,Rock Garden

Ad: Taken from NME mag 25-Jul-81.

Note: Day of the Charles & Dianna wedding.


31-Jul-81
UK Release of 'Release the Bats/Blast Off' 7" on 4AD records


London 01-Aug-81

01-Aug-81
UK Northampton,Roadmenders Club
'Special summer extravaganza' festival

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag Jul-81.


West Hampstead 07-Aug-81

07-Aug-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club
[with Emotion Pictures]

Ad: Taken from NME mag 08-Aug-81.


London 2x-Aug-81

2x-Aug-81
UK London-Kensington,Royal College Of Arts
[with Blurt]

Photo: Credit Chris Slane. Used with kind permission.


London 23-Aug-81

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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag Aug-81.

Flyer: Photo of flyer .

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].


Edinburgh 25-Aug-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.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 15-Aug-81


York 27-Aug-81

27-Aug-81
UK York,Territorial Army Centre
[with The Blue Orchids]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


Manchester 28-Aug-81

28-Aug-81
UK Manchester,De Ville's

Ad: Taken from UK mag Aug-81.


Brighton 03-Sep-81

03-Sep-81
UK Brighton,New Regent-Xtreems Club

Ad: Taken from UK mag Sep-81.


London 10-Sep-81

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].

Ad: Taken from NME mag 05-Sep-81.


London 18-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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag Sep-81.


Sep-81
Denmark,København & other Scandinavian dates


1981
US Release of "Prayers on Fire" album on Thermidor records


New York 23-Sep-81

New York 23-Sep-81

23-Sep-81
US NY,NYC,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.

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 to the gig, and he actually came.

They performed 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.

Photo: Both photos credit Helena Glass (one of the Missing Link Records label owners). Used with kind permission.


24-Sep-81
US NY,New York City,Chase Park Lounge

Note: as The Birthday Boys. Due to weather conditions only 1 woman shows up. 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.


New York 03-Oct-81

03-Oct-81
US NY,New York City,Chase Park Lounge
[with Malaria!]

Setlist: Zoo-Music Girl/ Release The Bats .. and more.

Note: About 20-30 people show up including Lydia Lunch.

Review: Taken from New York Rocker #45, December 1981.


New York 04-Oct-81

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.

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice September 1981, courtesy of Jonathan L.


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?

07-Oct-81
US MA,Boston,The Spit


0x-Oct-81
UK Re-release of 'Mr. Clarinet/Happy Birthday' 7" in U.K. on 4AD records

Note: These are in fact still Boys Next Door songs recorded in Melbourne in Jan/Feb-80


Chicago 10-Oct-81

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".

Photo: Taken outstide of C.O.D.'s club. Credit Brian Shanley.


Oxford 12-Oct-81

12-Oct-81
UK Oxford,Scamps

Ad: Taken from NME mag 03-Oct-81.


West Hampstead 14-Oct-81

14-Oct-81
UK London,West Hampstead,Moonlight Club

Ad: Taken from NME mag 10-Oct-81.


London-Brixton 16-Oct-81

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.

Note: In front of an audience of over 1,000. Their largest so far in the UK.

Ticket: Courtesy of David G.


Nick Cave 23-Oct-81

23-Oct-81
UK London,Polytechnic of North London
[with The Pinkies + TC Matic]

Photo: Credit by Steve Makin.


Guildford 24-Oct-81

24-Oct-81
UK Guildford,Surrey University
[with Sleep + Imperfect Hold]

Note: 15 year old James Johnston (now in Gallon Drunk and for some time also The Bad Seeds) attends the gig.

Ad: Taken from UK mag Oct-81.


London 26/27-Oct-81

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.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 24-Oct-81.


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.


Amsterdam 04-Nov-81

04-Nov-81
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg

Setlist: amongst others: Release The Bats.

Photo: Screencapture from Dutch TV broadcast.

Poster: Scan of poster.

Note: First concert in the Netherlands.


06-Nov-81
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

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


Amsterdam 08-Nov-81

08-Nov-81
NL Amsterdam,Posthoornkerk

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.

Photo: Credit Laboratori!Kooos, as published in Muziekkrant Oor 04-Nov-81.


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,Discoteca Piro Piro

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


13-Nov-81
IT 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 shit 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.


Köln 17-Nov-81

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 hardest 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).

Poster: Photo of poster.

Photo: Photo of the pissing incident by Gernot Huber.


London 20-Nov-81

20-Nov-81
UK London,City Polytechnic
[with Death In June]

Ad: Taken from UK mag 21-Nov-81


21-Nov-81
UK Leicester,Polytechnic


London 26-Nov-81

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).

Ad: Taken from UK mag 28-Nov-81


27-Nov-81
UK Manchester,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" (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"


London 11-Dec-81

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").

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from UK mag Dec-81.

Anounce: Taken from NME mag 12-Dec-81.


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.


Melbourne 24-Dec-81

24-Dec-81
AU Melbourne,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).

Poster: Taken from "Inner City Sound", a book by C.Walker. Scan of another poster courtesy of Edvin S.


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.






Birthday Party (July 1982): Mick Harvey - Nick Cave - Phillip Calvert - Tracy Pew - Rowland S.Howard (credit:Tom Sheehan)

1982

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.


Sydney 03-Jan-82

03-Jan-82
AU Sydney, Surrey Hills, Trade Union Club

Ticket: Scan of ticket, courtesy of Leigh A.


Sydney/Brisbane Jan-82

04-Jan-82
AU Sydney, Surrey Hills, Trade Union Club

05-Jan-82
AU Sydney, Cammeray, San Miguel

Ad: Scan of ad.


Sydney 06-Jan-82

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

Ticket: Reproduction taken from "Fanatic!", a book by Henry Rollins.


Sydney/Brisbane Jan-82

08-Jan-82
AU Brisbane,-

Ad: Scan of ad.


Brisbane 09-Jan-82

09-Jan-82
AU Brisbane,South's Leagues Club
[with The End, The Seven Ballerinas]

Flyer: Scan of flyer, courtesy of Chuck.


10-Jan-82
AU Brisbane,New York Hotel


Melbourne 15-Jan-82

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).

Flyer: Original flyer.


16-Jan-82
AU Melbourne,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with Sunburnt Pharaohs and Precious Little]

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

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


Newcastle 30-Jan-82

30-Jan-82
AU Newcastle,North Leagues Club
[with The Laughing Clowns]

Flyer: Photo courtesy of Helen Britton.


31-Jan-82
AU Sydney-Paddington,Town Hall

01-Feb-82
AU Brisbane,-


Melbourne 05-Feb-82

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.

Ad: Scan taken from The Age 05-Feb-82.

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 (of The Go-Betweens). Engineered by Tony Cohen.


Melbourne 10-Feb-82

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.

Flyer: Taken from Definitive Missing Link Recordings 1979-1982 CD box set booklet.


16-Feb-82
AU Melbourne,Tracy Pew is arrested for drunk driving. For this and several other outstanding offences he serves 2.5 months in Pentridge Jail (a labour camp)


18-Feb-82
UK Release of 'Drunk On The Pope's Blood' 12" EP on 4AD records


19-Feb-82
AU Melbourne,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 (then of 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,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 (then of The Moodists).


Melbourne 10-Feb-82

24-Feb-82
NZ Auckland,Windsor Park

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

Ad: Scan from Rip It Up magazine, courtesy of Michael Canning.


San Francisco 27-Feb-82

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]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .

Note: Both shows cancelled, most likely because Tracy Pew is still locked up at Pentridge Jail (labour camp).


London 05-Mar-82

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.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Ticket: Scan of ticket .

Note: First UK show after their return from Australia. Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson (then of Magazine), because he's still serving a labour camp sentence. 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,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 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).

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 03-Mar-82.


Germany Mar-82

16-Mar-82
DE Braunschweig, Jugendheim Nord

18-Mar-82
DE Berlin, Music Hall

20-Mar-82
DE Hamburg, Versuchsfeld

Ad: Taken from Sounds (German) March 1982.

Note: All 3 were cancelled.


London 25-Mar-82

25-Mar-82
UK London,Hammersmith Palais
[with The Fall]

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

Ad: Taken from UK mag 20-Mar-82


Liverpool 27-Mar-82

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.

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .

Note: Tracy Pew is replaced by Barry Adamson (then of Magazine, later The Bad Seeds).


Sheffield 21-Apr-82

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).

Poster: Reproduction taken from "Beats Working For A Living - Sheffield popular music 1973-1984", a book by Martin Lilleker.


Glasgow 22-Apr-82

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.

Setlist: Photo of setlist.


23-Apr-82
UK Edinburgh,The Nite Club

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.


Reading 25-Apr-82

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.

Ad: Taken from Sounds mag 24-Apr-82


06-May-82
UK Leeds,Warehouse

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.


London 08-May-82

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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag 08-May-82


London 26-May-82

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 in an Australian labour camp)


Ad: Taken from MM mag 15-May-82


London 26-27-May-82

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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag May-82


Europe Jun-82

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". Die Haut and The Birthday Party meet for the first time.

Poster: Photo of poster.


Amsterdam 04-Jun-82

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.

Poster: Photo of a Martyn Kaye poster.


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. All but the last 4 tracks also available on the (fair quality) "The Front Row Is Not For The Fragile" bootleg LP.


Den Haag 06-Jun-82

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.

Ad: Taken from Oor magazine 02-Jun-82.

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


07-Jun-82
NL Rotterdam,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,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.

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


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.

Photo: Credit Wolfgang Wiggers. Used with kind permission.


Jul-82
UK Release of 'Junkyard' album on 4AD records.


Köln 02-Jul-82

02-Jul-82
DE Köln,Stollwerck (Palazzoschokko)
[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.

Photo: Credit Tom Sheehan.


Frankfurt 03-Jul-82

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/ Nick The Stripper.

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

Photo: Credit Peter Weiss. Used with kind permission.


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,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).


Jul-82
UK London,Nick Cave writes about 40 of "50 one-page plays"


London 10-Jul-82

10-Jul-82
UK London,Zig Zag Club
[with Sisters of Mercy and 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.

Flyer: Scan of flyer


VPRO TV studios 1x-Jul-82

1x-Jul-82
NL Hilversum,VPRO TV studios,"Götterdämmerung 2000" TV show

Setlist: Junkyard(*)/ Big Jesus Trash Can.

Photo: Screen capture from DVD.

Note: Broadcast 21-Jul-82. Live vocals over playback music. Due to complaints from viewers after the broadcast of "Junkyard", "Big Jesus Trash Can" is not shown on Dutch TV. (*)Released on "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" DVD (Cherry Red UK 2003).


Manchester 22-Jul-82

22-Jul-82
UK Manchester,Hacienda

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.

Note: (*)Released on "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" video (Icon F.C.L. UK 1983)/DVD (Cherry Red UK 2003).

Ad: Taken from NME mag 10-Jul-82


23-Jul-82
UK Liverpool,Warehouse

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.


Retford 24-Jul-82

24-Jul-82
UK Retford,Porterhouse

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.

Note: Next to last concert with Phill Calvert.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 17-Jul-82.


London 05-Aug-82

05-Aug-82
UK London,The Venue
[with The Laughing Clowns]

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.

Note: Last concert with Phill Calvert.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 07-Aug-82.


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.


The band leaves London and moves to Berlin. 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 quits and 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). Mick Harvey moves from rhythm guitar to drums.

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).


Athina 17-Sep-82

17-Sep-82
GR Athina,Sporting,festival
[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: With 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 stage (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed"). "Funhouse" released on "Live 81-82" CD on 4AD records.

Photo: Taken from Greek Hi-Fi mag Oct-82


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.


Berlin Oct-82

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.(From Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed").

Photo: Credit Rainer Berson


07-09/Oct-82
DE Berlin,Hansa Ton studios,sessions for the "Bad Seed" EP. Engineered by Tony Cohen.


Rotterdam 14-Oct-82

14-Oct-82
NL Rotterdam,Hal 4

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.

Photo: Credit John Groot, as published in Muziekkrant Oor 20-Oct-82. John drowned near his boat in Rotterdam on 26-Feb-07 at the age of 45. He was allowed to photograph Nick Cave because they had the same hair style.


Brussel 15-Oct-82

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.

Poster: Photo of poster courtesy of Etienne Vernaeve (of Isolation Ward).


Hasselt 16-Oct-82

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!).

Photo: Credit Erik L. (Drone Chapparal). Used with kind permission.


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)


UK Nov-82

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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag Nov-82


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 f***ing behave" says Cave [as reviewed by Andrea Miller for Sounds 01-Jan-83]. The concert was filmed by the venue.


Brixton 25-Nov-82

25-Nov-82
UK Brixton,The Ace Cinema
[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!).

Photo: Screen capture from DVD.

Note: "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.


Dec-82
DE Aachen,Studio West,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.


Dec-82
NL Eindhoven,
Effenaar (Die Haut with Nick Cave)

Note: Nick Cave's first live guest appearance with Die Haut. They perform songs from the "Burnin' The Ice" album.






1983

Netherlands Jan-83

18-Jan-83
NL Hilversum,Vara FM Radio,Moondogs

Note: 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.
"That drunken interview ... it wound up in excess": Mick Harvey quoted in Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed".

Ad: Taken from Oor mag 12-Jan-83


19-Jan-83
NL Utrecht,Tivoli

Note: Jeffrey Wegener (ex- Laughing Clowns) joins for Dutch 5 dates tour only. Plays drums half of set.


Arnhem 20-Jan-83

20-Jan-83
NL Arnhem,Stokvishal

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.

Photo: Credit unknown.

Note: With Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of set. All except last 2 tracks available on the fair quality "Fuckin' Rotten Business This! bootleg LP.


Amsterdam 21-Jan-83

21-Jan-83
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Exploiting The Profits]

Note: With Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of set.

Photo: Credit John Groot, as published in Muziekkrant Oor 09-Feb-83.


Rotterdam 22-Jan-83

22-Jan-83
NL Rotterdam,Arena
[with Exploiting The Profits]

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.

Note: With Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of set.

Ad: Taken from Oor mag 12-Jan-83


23-Jan-83
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar
[with Isolation Ward]

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.

Note: Last show with Jeffrey Wegener on drums for half of set..


Feb-83
UK Release of "The Bad Seed" 12" EP on 4AD records.


t_Manchester 24-Feb-83

24-Feb-83
UK Manchester,Hacienda

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(*).

Note: (*)Released on "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" video (Icon F.C.L. UK 1983)/DVD (Cherry Red UK 2003).

Ad: Taken from NME 19-Feb-83


Leeds 25-Feb-83

25-Feb-83
UK Leeds,Polytechnic

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.

Poster: Photo of poster.


UK Feb-83

26-Feb-83
UK St. Albans,City Hall
[with Crown of Thorns]

Ad: Taken from UK mag Feb-83


UK Feb-83

27-Feb-83
UK Brighton,Jenkinson's Bar

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.

Ad: Taken from UK mag Feb-83


København 05-Mar-83

05-Mar-83
DK København,Saltlageret,Nosferatu Festival 2
[with Tom Cats, Under For, etc..]

Poster: Scan of poster.


London 07-Mar-83

07-Mar-83
UK London,Lyceum
[with Malaria! and Einstürzende Neubauten]

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.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 19-Feb-83.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Mar-83
Band changes labels (from 4AD) to Mute.


Boston 24-Mar-83

24-Mar-83
US MA,Boston,The Channel Club

Note: Start of 2nd tour of the U.S.A. "We're not here to be entertaining": from a review taken from Boston Rock mag 27-Apr-83 in the Bibliography's articles section.

Photo: Taken from Forced Exposure #6.


Detroit 25-Mar-83

25-Mar-83
US MI,Detroit,Traxx
[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.

Flyer: Scan courtesy of smudge wedgin.


New York 26-Mar-83

26-Mar-83
US NY,New York City,The Peppermint Lounge

Photo: Credit Catherine Ceresole, as taken from the Italian booklet on Stampa Alternativa (1995/1998).


28-Mar-83
US CA,San Francisco,I Beam

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!).


Los Angeles 30-Mar-83

30-Mar-83
US CA,Los Angeles,Roxy
(1st show 9PM)
[with Lydia Lunch]

Setlist: 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.

Photo: Credit: © David Arnoff (used with kind permission).


Los Angeles 30-Mar-83

30-Mar-83
US CA,Los Angeles,Roxy
(2nd show 11PM)
[with Lydia Lunch]

Setlist: 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.

Flyer: Scan of flyer. Photo of alternative flyer.

Article: Scan of review taken from the Los Angeles Times 01-Apr-83.

Note: Henry Rollins (then of Black Flag) attends the show.


31-Mar-83
US CA,Los Angeles,Roxy
(a Minutemen show)

Note: Nick Cave and Henry Rollins attend this concert by the Minutemen and meet for the first time.


Denver 01-Apr-83

01-Apr-83
US CO,Denver,Mercury Cafe

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!).

Photo: Credit Duane Davis.

Flyer: Scan of calendar .


xx-Apr-83
US TX,Dallas,-

03-Apr-83
US IL,Chicago,Tuts (on 959 W.Belmont)


Minneapolis 06-Apr-83

06-Apr-83
US MN,Minneapolis,1st Avenue
[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.

Photo: Screen capture from private video. Credit Gary Smith.


New York 08-Apr-83

08-Apr-83
US NY,New York City,Dancetaria
[with Die Haut]

Photo: Credit Catherine Ceresole, as taken from the Italian booklet on Stampa Alternativa (1995/1998).


Philadelphia 09-Apr-83

09-Apr-83
US PA,Philadelphia,East Side Club
[with Swans]

Flyer: Scan of calendar courtesy of Phil G.


Washington 10-Apr-83

10-Apr-83
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club
[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.

Photo: Credit Suzy Sputnik. Used with kind permission.

Note: Last ever concert in the U.S.A.

Girl in the audience: "They're evil!", boy in the audience: "Yeah, they're really evil!"


Berlin April 1983

Apr-83
DE Berlin,Hansa Ton studios,sessions for "Mutiny!" EP and also recording "Six Strings That Drew Blood", "Pleasure Avalanche" & "Wings Off Flies". Engineered by Tony Cohen.

Note: Blixa Bargeld (of Einstürzende Neubauten) visits the band in the studio. Footage from these sessions was used by Heiner Mühlenbrock for his film "Die Stadt" ("The City"). In 2008 a DVD-R, "Mutiny! - The Last Birthday Party", containing this film was released through The Birthday Party website.

Photo: Screen capture from the "Mutiny!" DVD-R.


London 26-Apr-83

26-Apr-83
UK London,Camden,Electric Ballroom
[with S.P.K.]

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.

Note: Last concert with Mick Harvey who had announced his departure from the band earlier that month.

Ad: Taken from NME mag 16-Apr-83


The band goes to New Zealand & Australia for a final string of concerts. Mick Harvey stays in London.

Line-up #3(Live only) (AU/NZ May-83 to 09-Jun-83):
Nick Cave (vocals)/ Rowland S.Howard (guitar)/ Tracy Pew (bass) & Des Heffner (drums)

Sydney 01-May-83

01-May-83
AU Sydney,Trade Union Club
[with Idiom Flesh and Kill The King]

Note: Moved to 15-May-83.

Flyer: Scan of flyer


02-May-83
NZ Auckland,Mainstreet Cabaret,rehearsing

Note: Des Heffner (from Marching Girls) replaces Mick on drums for the NZ/AU tour. The band rehearses 7 songs with him for 10 hours: Deep In The Woods/ Sonny's Burning/ Jennifer's Veil/ Wild World/ Fears Of Gun/ Hamlet(Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ She's Hit.


Auckland 02-May-83

03-May-83
AU Auckland,Auckland motel

Note: Nick Cave and Rowland S.Howard are interviewed by Russell Brown for Rip It Up magazine.

Photo: Credit Kerry Brown. Scan taken from Rip It Up magazine, courtesy of Michael Canning.


Auckland 03-May-83

03-May-83
NZ Auckland,Mainstreet Cabaret
[with Kevin Hawkins and The Marching Girls]

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

Note: Start of last tour, arranged by concert promoter Ken West (now Big Day Out organizer). Concert was broadcast. "Sonny's Burning" released on "Cremation" bootleg LP. "Fears Of Gun" released on "Devil In A Bottle" bootleg LP.

Poster: Scan of poster.

Photo: Credit Kerry Brown. Scan taken from Rip It Up magazine, courtesy of Michael Canning.


Palmerston North 05-May-83

05-May-83
NZ Palmerston North,Massey University
[with The Skeptics and The Marching Girls]

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.

Note: "Hamlet" and "She's Hit" released on "Cremation" bootleg LP. "Jennifer's Veil" released on "Devil In A Bottle" bootleg LP.

Photo: Credit Bruce Maunsell. Used with kind permission.


06-May-83
NZ Wellington,Victoria University,Union Hall
[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!).

Note: Concert was recorded by Radio Active, but it's uncertain whether it was also broadcast.


New Zealand May 1983

07-May-83
NZ Christchurch,Sandridge Hotel
[with The Marching Girls]

Ad: Ad for 4-date tour. Scan taken from Rip It Up magazine, courtesy of Michael Canning.

Note: Concert moved to Gladstone hotel on the 9th.


Christchurch 09-May-83

09-May-83
NZ Christchurch,Gladstone Hotel
[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!).

Ad: Scan of ad taken from Rip It Up magazine, courtesy of Michael Canning.


Sydney 13-May-83

13-May-83
AU Sydney,U.N.S.W. Roundhouse
[with The Scientists and 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.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Sydney 14-May-83

14-May-83
AU Sydney,Trade Union Club
[with The Reels]

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

Photo: Screen capture taken from DVD.

Note: Above tracks were recorded and broadcast by 2JJJ-FM. All tracks available on "God Gave Them Sex Appeal" bootleg tape. All but "Sonny's Burning" and "She's Hit" released on "Devil In A Bottle" bootleg LP.
Filmed by Glen Auchinachie. "Deep In The Woods" from his footage is still regularly broadcast on Australian TV and also released on the "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" DVD (Cherry Red UK 2003). The audio section from his clip is taken from another concert (T.U.C. 01-May-83?).


15-May-83
AU Sydney,Trade Union Club
[with Idiom Flesh and Kill The King]

Note: Moved from 01-May-83. Paul W. recollects that the band came on really late (about 1AM) and Nick Cave was at his most cathartic.


Australia May-83

18-May-83
AU Perth,The Red Parrot

Note: Nick was bitten on the leg by a hospital clerk named Sarah, and knocked to the ground by Ray Brown, the former lead singer of The Shuffling Hungarians (from Ian Johnston's biography "Bad Seed"). Ray Brown got on stage to give Nick a hug and a kick cos he thought Nick was a pussy, and Nick fell over/under Ray, and got a blood nose, and that was the end of a very short set.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Melbourne 20/21-May-83

20-May-83
AU Melbourne,RMIT-Storey Hall
[with The Scientists]

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

Note: (*) were recorded and broadcast by 3RRR-FM.

21-May-83
AU Melbourne,The Venue
[with The Moodists & The Scientists]

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.

Note: Next to last concert! Filmed by Jurgis (George) Maleckas (38 mins) and shown at the Melbourne 2009 International Film Festival.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Melbourne 09-Jun-83

09-Jun-83
AU Melbourne,The Seaview Ballroom
[with The Moodists and 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.

Note: Last ever Birthday Party concert! Done to get some money to return to the UK. (*) released on "Composite Signals" VHS video V/A compilation. In August Nick, Rowland and Tracy return to London to recommence work on the "Mutiny!" EP.

Handbill: Original handbill.


Aug-83
UK London,Britannia Row Studios,re-working of the "Mutiny!" EP

Note: Towards the end of the sessions Blixa Bargeld (of Einstürzende Neubauten and then recording in London) replaces Rowland S.Howard on "Mutiny In Heaven". Mick Harvey also participates.


After the "Mutiny!" EP sessions Tracy Pew returns to Melbourne, where he resumes studying. He joins Nick Cave on his short Australian "Man or Myth ?"-tour in Dec-83/Jan-84 and later he joins the Saints touring band of 1984. He also guests on Nick Cave's "Kicking Against The Pricks" album in Nov/Dec 1985. He died on 07-Nov-86.

Rowland S.Howard joins (together with Mick Harvey) Crime & The City Solution in January 1985 and later forms These Immortal Souls (1987-98). In 1994 he permanently returns to Melbourne where he ocassionally does solo (acoustic) concerts. In 1999 he records his first solo album "Teenage Snuff Film" and in 2008 his second, and final, "Pop Crimes" album. He died on 30-Dec-09.

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

During September/October 1983 Nick Cave enters 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 expands into the first Bad Seeds album "From Her To Eternity". That story can be read here.

Nov-83
UK Release of the "Mutiny!" 12" EP on Mute records.



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