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 IKON video-front PLEASURE HEADS MUST BURN (VHS/BETA)

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 2x-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)

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Pleasure Heads - Cherry Red 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 2x-Feb-81, tracks 2-3 recorded live @ The Ace Cinema in Brixton-London 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 on 21-Jul-82 (and broadcast on 26-Sep-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 VHS 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

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Pleasure Heads - Possum 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 2x-Feb-81, tracks 2-3 recorded live @ The Ace Cinema in Brixton-London 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 on 21-Jul-82 (and broadcast on 26-Sep-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 VHS video + 4 bonus tracks (2-5). Not remastered.

  • Possum Remastered -Possum1949 (AU,29-Oct-21) DVD-NTSC

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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)

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MUTINY IN HEAVEN - VIDEO (14-Mar-24)

Mutiny In Heaven DVD -front MUTINY IN HEAVEN - Directed by Ian White (VOD/2DVD)

Info: A chronologically linear and straightforward documentary, narrated entirely by members of the band (minus Tracy Pew who died in 1986), covering the history of The Birthday Party from their beginnings as The Boys Next Door in 1977, their move to London and later Berlin, until their split in August 1983.

Recording info: Disc 1. Boys Next Door (live footage) 28-Apr-78 Melbourne-Preston,Preston Institute of Technology Alternative Animals festival/ 09-Jun-78 Melbourne-Hawthorn,Swinburne College of Technology,Ethel Hall New Wave Night; Birthday Party (live footage): 04-Nov-81 Amsterdam,Melkweg/ 17-Nov-81 Köln,Bürgerhaus Stollwerck,Machinenhalle/ 19-Feb-82 Melbourne-St.Kilda,The Seaview Ballroom/ 27-Jun-82 Bochum,Zeche/ 21-Jul-82 Hilversum,VPRO TV studios "Götterdämmerung 2000" TV show/ 22-Jul-82 Manchester,Hacienda/ 25-Nov-82 London-Brixton,The Ace Cinema/ 06-Apr-83 MN,Minneapolis,First Avenue/ April-83 Berlin,Hansa Ton studios,sessions for "Mutiny!" EP/ 14-May-83 Sydney,Trade Union Club/ 21-May-83 Melbourne,The Venue.

Disc 2. Interviews with Phill Calvert (23:42)/ Henry Rollins (5:53)/ Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley [Sonic Youth] (12:10)/ Clinton Walker [writer] (8:20)/ Mick Harvey (22:41)/ Paul Goldman (13:19)/ Chris Hasket [Rollins Band] (6:05)/ Christoph Dreher [Die Haut] (9:02)/ David Yow [The Jesus Lizard] (5:28).

Note 1: Disc 1 (main feature): 99mins and Disc 2 (interviews): 105mins. Executive producers Wim Wenders, Mick Harvey, etc..; Producers Greg Blakey and Ian White; Co-Producer Lindsay Gravina. Music Producer: Mick Harvey.

Note 2: The project started in 2005-2007 when record producer Lindsay Gravina and Rowland S.Howard started collecting material for a documentary. Most interviews filmed by Lindsay Gravina during 2003-2007 and another with Rowland shortly before his passing in 2009. Mid 2020, Mick Harvey and Lindsay Gravina approached Australian director Ian White to continue the project. World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival 12-Aug-23, US/CA on 01-Sep-23 and in UK on 28-Oct-23.

  • Streaming (14-Mar-24) VOD
  • Madman -MMA7633 (AU,11-Apr-24) DVD-PAL
  • Cargo Film (US,11-Apr-24) DVD-NTSC

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Compilations

COMPOSITE SIGNALS - VIDEO (1983)

Composite Signals front COMPOSITE SIGNALS (VHS)

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) VHS-PAL

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Unofficial releases

BIRTHDAY PARTY - LIVE - VIDEO (198?)

Live video-front BIRTHDAY PARTY - LIVE (VHS)

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 on 27-Jun-82". In the USA this tape is labeled correctly.
Filmed on stage. Quality is just acceptable.

  • No label (GE,198x) VHS-PAL
  • No label (US,199x) VHS-NTSC

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