My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
(Original album is tracks 1-11)
Brief Background: Junkyard is the third album by Austrailian post-punk band The Birthday Party, which featured Nick Cave on vocals. The album was recorded during 1981 and 1982 and was released in May of the later.
What I think: From the first note… I take that back from the cover this album gave me a headache. That cover looks like a bad eighties t-shirt. Well, it turns out I was right, it was done by Ed Roth who did all of those cheesy eighties Rat Fink shirts.
So maybe the music is a little better. Nope. What you have are about five musicians whom all seem to be slamming away and playing or singing a different song. I’m not a huge fan of Cave’s later work, but I was surprised at the discordant nature of this. It’s like the members of Public Image Limited got together, everyone got completely wasted on whatever they could get and then recorded. I suspect the truth is probably not really that far off.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Brilliant noise rock is one thing and can be argued for. I don’t think this has any redeeming qualities.
Rating (Out of 5) 0
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (395/517)