1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

484. Junkyard – The Birthday Party

(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

Amazon Rating of Junkyard 3.8/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (395/518)

 

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