The Birthday Party

(London 1st March 1980 - August 1983)

Videography


Videography: a chronological overview of videos. 
Official and unauthorized recordings of the Australian band The Birthday Party. 
Compilations with non-exclusive tracks are not listed.
-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


Regular releases

PLEASURE HEADS MUST BURN - VIDEO (Jan-84/2003)

Pleasure Heads video-front PLEASURE HEADS MUST BURN (VIDEO)

Tracklist: Dead Joe/ A Dead Song/ Junkyard/ Release The Bats/ (Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ Big Jesus Trash Can// Nick The Stripper// Hamlet (Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ Pleasure Avalanche/ Six Inch Gold Blade/ Wild World/ Six Strings That Drew Blood/ Sonny's Burning/ She's Hit

Recording info: First 6 tracks recorded live @ The Hacienda in Manchester on 22-Jul-82, tracks 8-14 recorded live @ The Hacienda in Manchester on 24-Feb-83. "Nick The Stripper" is a promo video shot by English & Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids) (edited by John Hillcoat) in Melbourne-Camberwell on 2?-Feb-81.

  • IKON F.C.L. -IKON 7 (UK,Jan-1984) (VHS-PAL)
  • IKON F.C.L. -IKON 7 (UK,Jan-1984) (BETA-PAL)
  • Factory US/Of Factory New York Ltd -IKON/OF-1 (US,1984) (VHS-NTSC)
  • Factory US/Of Factory New York Ltd -IKON/OF-1 (US,1984) (BETA-NTSC)
  • Visonary Communications -IKON 7 (UK,1992) (VHS-PAL)
  • Cleopatra Records (US,27-Feb-1997) (VHS-NTSC)

Pleasure Heads video-back

Pleasure Heads DVD-front PLEASURE HEADS MUST BURN (DVD)

Tracklist: 1. Nick The Stripper/ 2. Fears Of Gun/ 3. Hamlet (Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 4. Deep In The Woods/ 5. Junkyard// 6.Dead Joe/ 7.A Dead Song/ 8.Junkyard/ 9.Release The Bats/ 10.(Sometimes)Pleasure Heads Must Burn/ 11. Big Jesus Trash Can// 12.Hamlet (Pow!Pow!Pow!)/ 13.Pleasure Avalanche/ 14.Six Inch Gold Blade/ 15.Wild World/ 16.Six Strings That Drew Blood/ 17.Sonny's Burning/ 18.She's Hit

Recording info: Track 1 is a promo video shot by English & Goldman (a.k.a. The Rich Kids) (edited by John Hillcoat) in Melbourne-Camberwell on 2?-Feb-81, tracks 2-3 recorded live @ The Ace Cinema in Brixton on 25-Nov-82, track 4 recorded live @ the Trade Union Club in Sydney on 14-May-83 [audio from the 01-May-93 show], track 5 recorded @ VPRO TV studios for "Götterdämmerung 2000" TV show om 1x-Jul-82, tracks 6-11 recorded live @ The Hacienda in Manchester on 22-Jul-82 and tracks 12-18 recorded live @ The Hacienda in Manchester on 24-Feb-83.

Note: Poor transfer of the original video + 4 bonus tracks (2-5).

  • Cherry Red -CRDVD20 (UK,27-Jan-03) DVD-PAL
  • Music Video Distributors -CRDVD20 (US,14-Feb-03) DVD-NTSC

Pleasure Heads DVD-back

MUTINY! - THE LAST BIRTHDAY PARTY - VIDEO (30-Apr-08)

The Last Birthday Party-front MUTINY! - THE LAST BIRTHDAY PARTY (DVD-R)

Tracklist: The drudgery of the recording sessions for "Jennifer's Veil" and "Swampland" from the "Mutiny!" EP.

Recording info: Hansa Ton studios, Berlin during April 1983. Engineered by Tony Cohen.

Note: 25 mins filmed by Heiner Mühlenbrock. Some of this footage was used for his (50 mins) film "Die Stadt" ("The City"), released in 1985. Only available in limited quantities from The Birthday Party website.

  • The Birthday Party -BPDVD01 (AU,30-Apr-08)

The Last Birthday Party-back





Compilations

COMPOSITE SIGNALS - VIDEO (1983)

Composite Signals front COMPOSITE SIGNALS (VHS-VIDEO)

Tracklist: The Birthday Party: 1.Deep In the Woods/ 2.Junkyard/ 3.Six String That Drew Blood. Also including tracks by Plays With Marionettes, The Scientists, Sacred Cowboys, Equal Local, Hunters & Collectors and 7 more Australian bands.

Recording info: Tracks 1. & 3. recorded @ The Seaview Ballroom, Melbourne 09-Jun-83. Track 2. recorded @ The Seaview Ballroom, Melbourne 19-Feb-82.

Note: The first independent compilation video to be released in Australia.

  • Single shot video production (AU,1983)

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Unofficial releases

BIRTHDAY PARTY - LIVE - VIDEO (198?)

Live video-front BIRTHDAY PARTY - LIVE (VHS-VIDEO)

Tracklist: Birthday Party: 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
Die Haut: ?/ Der Karibische Western/ ?
Rowland S. Howard & Lydia Lunch: Thirsty Animal

Recording info: Recorded in Köln @ the Stollwerck (Palazzoschokko) on 02-Jul-82.

Note: For reasons unknown to mankind this tape circulates in Europe as "Bochum -Zeche- 27-Jun-82". In the USA this tape is labeled correctly.
Filmed on stage. Quality is just acceptable.

  • No label (GE,198?)
  • No label (US,199?)

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