The Boys Next Door - Door, Door (1978-79)
The Boys Next Door went on to become The Birthday Party when they changed their name and moved to the UK. But the story begins in Melbourne, Australia, in 1975, when the young school mates Nick Cave, Tracey Pew, Mick Harvey, and Phill Calvert formed a band.
The initial influence was 60s pop and 70s glam rock, but the band developed a much darker side, which was cemented with the addition of Roland S. Howard to band.The band's main haunt became St. Kilda, a suburb then known for its prostitutes, junkies and general seediness. By 1978, they had already become one of the best punk/post-punk outfits around. The recklessness of their live shows and apparent lifestyle garnered them a substantial following. They recorded and released one album, Door, Door. This album is very much a transitional album, which the band dismissed as sounding too poppy, and the band around this time was moving the more abrasive sounds of contemporary post-punk. The album's final song and single, "Shivers", was refused air play for its mention of suicide in the first line and served as an indication of the more sinister, dark direction the band was headed.
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