The Birthday Party - Mutiny / Bad Seed

2019 RSD Limited 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Records Reissue

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Mutiny / The Bad Seed is a compilation album by Australian post-punk band The Birthday Party, originally released in 1989 via 4AD Records.

Consisting of Nick Cave (vocals, saxophone), Mick Harvey (guitar, vocals, drums, keyboards), Tracy Pew (bass, vocals), Phill Calvert (drums), and Rowland S. Howard (guitar, vocals), The Birthday Party were formed during the group's years at Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne, during the early seventies (with the exception of Howard who joined the group later). The band was initially called The Boys Next Door and changed their name to The Birthday Party in 1980.

Greatly affected by the punk explosion of 1976, The Boys Next Door began performing punk and proto-punk cover versions, such as "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Gloria", as well as original songs. By the end of 1977, their set was dominated by fast original new wave material, such as "Sex Crimes" and "Masturbation Generation". The band's second guitarist, Rowland S. Howard, joined in 1978.

In 1980, The Birthday Party moved from Melbourne to London, where they were championed by broadcaster John Peel. Disillusioned by their stay in London, the band's sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and shortly after relocating to Berlin in 1983, the group broke up.

Despite limited commercial success, The Birthday Party's influence has been far-reaching, and they have been called "one of the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early '80s". The group's "bleak and noisy soundscapes," which drew irreverently on blues, free jazz, and rockabilly, provided the setting for vocalist Nick Cave's disturbing tales of violence and perversion, and their single "Release the Bats" was particularly influential on the emerging gothic scene.

The Mutiny / The Bad Seed EP contains the band’s final studio recordings, compiled as a two EP set. After the extreme sounds of 1981’s Junkyard, the band relocated to Berlin in August 1982. Now an intense and tightly focused four piece, the band recorded two extraordinary EPs – The Bad Seed and the posthumously released Mutiny. The Bad Seed remains the band’s most fully realised and enduring recording.

This 2LP record set is a 2019 Record Store Day limited edition on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a single outer sleeve with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Australia via Bloodlines.

(09341004058224)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

Mutiny!

A1

Jennifers Veil

4:58

A2

Mutiny In Heaven

4:17

A3

Swampland

3:31

B1

Say A Spell

3:41

B2

Six Strings That Drew Blood

3:32

B3

Pleasure Avalanche

4:23

The Bad Seed

C1

Sonny's Burning

3:20

C2

Wild World

3:27

D1

Fears Of Gun

3:54

D2

Deep In The Woods

4:50

SKU 09341004058224
Record Label Bloodlines
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number BLOODLP21
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 13 April 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 01 January 1989
Barcode # 09341004058224
Shipping Weight 0.5100kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Single Outer Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, 2019 Record Store Day Release
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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