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John Peel Sessions Live


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00005OW5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cry
2. Yard
3. Figure of Fun
4. King Ink
5. Release the Bats
6. Roland Around in That Stuff
7. (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Most Burn
8. Loose
9. Big Jesus Trash Can
10. She's Hit
11. Bully Bones
12. Six Inch Gold Blade
13. Pleasure Avalanche
14. Deep in the Woods
15. Sonny's Burning
16. Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)

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It's often been bemoaned that the Birthday Party, Nick Cave's postpunk outfit, never managed to capture on record the confrontational frenzy of their live performances. These four sessions, recorded for the John Peel radio show between September 1980 and November 1982, arguably form the most accurate portrayal of the band ever released, as they were under severe time constraints on each occasion. The 16 tracks survey their finest work--"She's Hit," "Big Jesus Trash Can," "King Ink"--all with simple, portentous bass lines and Rowland Howard's vicious stabs of reverberating guitar. The juddering rockabilly of "Release the Bats" (which, much to Cave's disgust, became an anthem for Goths worldwide) is also featured, along with the seldom heard "Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)" and a churning cover of the Stooges' "Loose." As the tracks (and the years) pass, one can see Cave's progression toward writing somber murder ballads, such as "Deep in the Woods." And there is undeniable evidence that he was a tremendously funny man from the start: "Even my dog kicks me!" he howls during "Figure of Fun." --Dominic Wills

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Sneaker on April 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Bully Bones" is my favorite BP song of all time, and unless I'm greatly mistaken, it's not available on any of their other studio releases. The way this band combines aggressively pounding rhythms, jarring guitar noises, and inescapably catchy basslines/melodies is best represented here, as far as I'm concerned. And Nick actually doesn't scream! He sings like one of those Jazz guys from the 40's, except really bitter and drunk. The band rides along on a monstrous surf/secret agent man rock riff, the lyrics deal with the consequences of hedonistic decadence in the most cruel and unforgiving manner possible, and the whole thing smashes to it's close in under 3 minutes, without even hinting at a chorus or a chance to catch your breath.
The other songs follow in a similar vein, just not as perfect. The swinging tempos and cacophonous instrument eruptions in songs like "Big Jesus Trash Can," "(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn," and "Figure Of Fun" kick up a huge, filthy, dark, ungodly racket that pleases your brain with it's creativity just as much as they beat your eardrums into a messy, unrecognizable pulp. Cave is the only guy who could've ever sang lead for this music, roaring like a deranged serial killer whose victim has just made a narrow escape, bloodstains all over his shirt and face. And if all that's not great enough, the BBC production gives the songs a very raw, live feel while simultaneously keeping the overall sound crisp and mean.
If you're a fan, you should already own this. If not, give it a chance. It might sound like the band's just thrashing about like they've never touched instruments in their lives at first, but the closer you listen, the more their style makes sense. They do know what they're doing. It's just that "what they're doing" is a completely different approach from any band before, from, or after it's time. Anyone that considers themselves a fan of innovative post-punk needs this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flawless Sean Black on May 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Only have heard "HO HO HO" on the local college station, I was relatively unsure of what to expect on this album. I had already owned an album by Nick Cave, LET LOVE IN. This is an incredible collection songs. Every instrument has it's moments to shine, mainly guitar and drums, but each instrument has exceptional work. Nick Cave shows his great experimental song writing skills and his unique voice. Without a doubt, the best thing this band had going for it was it's blend and timing. To the casual listener, this would sound like randomly placed noise, but to musicians it is pure genious. Stand-out tracks are "Deep in the woods," "Big Jesus Trashcan," "(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn," and my favourite track, "Figure of Fun." So if you have an appreciation for GOOD punk like early Bauhaus and Joy Division, or love experimental/ avante garde jazz, give any Birthday Party release a spin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monster on October 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's simply another album of collected songs from the greatest band in the 80's or any time before it, The Birthday Party. And so, simply put, it's an album of fantastic quality and electrifying fun from Nick Cave and his group of rebel musicians that will get your blood bumping and jumping if you are a fan of old, rough and original rock from the creators of such masterpieces as Dead Joe, The Six Strings that Drew Blood, and Sonny's Buring. This album is the greatest collection of The Birthday Party's songs yet to be released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Moore on January 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first release I heard by the Birthday Party was actually their Peel EP (the old ones with the grey cover) that I picked up while in high school years ago. I really dug it -- at the time, it was possibly the most horrifying thing I'd ever heard -- and I really enjoyed tracks like "Sometimes Pleasure Heads Must Burn," probably my favorite BP song. Anyway, this Peel session brings the EP back, along with a lot of other material. Generally, Peel sessions don't disappoint, and neither does this. Play it loud for someone you love.
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