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Editorial Reviews


1. Blast Off!
2. She's Hit
3. Dead Joe
4. Dim Locator
5. Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
6. Several Sins
7. Big-Jesus-Trash-Can
8. Kiss Me Black
9. 6" Gold Blade
10. Kewpie Doll
11. Junkyard
12. Dead Joe
13. Release the Bats

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00004T0NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A bit of b-movie horror with the Goth Anthem Release The Bats as well.
Crypt
As a warning, the sound is very raw, like some of the older 80's punk like old Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, or Husker Du.
Melkor
I can't defend their stuff very well to those who don't get it, but man... I love it.
Jonathan Dedward

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Crypt on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Birthday party, to put it vulgarly, could rip off anyone's face and chew on their brains then, now and tomorrow as well. The Party emerged from the post punk movement that also spawned Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cure and Christian Death, and which would later be called Goth. (Deathrock in the states) The Birthday Party, however would prove to be one of the most extreme and "hardcore" of lot. While Joy Division and The Cure prefered melancholy and gloom, and Bauhaus and Christian Death - boho artsiness, Nick Cave and his fellow loons gave us a bastard hybrid of garage rock, punk, rockabilly, blues and a bit of lounge as well. The thing that really set them apart was the all out fury and abandon found in their music. Even the fastest and loudest Thrash Metal and Hardcore Punk bands could never dream of creating the atmosphere of raw, unadulterated anger, rage, and tension found on this album. It's almost murderous. Very fitting for songs like Six Inch Gold Blade and Dead Joe. (Probably the greatest Death Rock song ever recorded) One has to wonder what Nick Cave was doing while recording the vocals. Torturing himself with a branding iron maybe? The production values on this recording are almost non-exsistant. The sound is hollow. Low bass end, and ear piercing high end. No middle tone. The vocals sound like they were recorded in a bathroom, the guitar sounds out of tune, and the drums sound... well... broken! But all of these shortcomings add to the experimental nature of this album. And the lyrics... anyone familiar with Nick Cave can expect only some of his best here. Strange characters in ridiculous situations, tons of poetic metaphors and of course Death and Murder. A bit of b-movie horror with the Goth Anthem Release The Bats as well. Essential listening to anyone who thinks today's popular poseur artists are "extreme."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Dedward on June 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Birthday Party were an angry, spiteful band. After recording bluesy, experimental punkish dirges on their first album, they birthed Junkyard into the world. As important as it is, Junkyard is a hard album to really like. As stated before, the production values are non-existent. Junkyard is a nightmare... not in some elegant Gothic way, but in a very Lo Fi anti-music, piss-off the fans kind of way.

For one thing, throughout Junkyard the guitars sound all wrong. Very often in editorial reviews hard guitar riffs are described as "metallic" and sometimes critics wax poetic, describing a particularly punishing guitar as being "strung with barbed wire." Here, however, the guitar sound is so tinny and metallic and pitched so high that those cliched descriptions actually apply... it's a horrid squealing sound, especially on songs like Hamlet(Pow Pow Pow) where the guitars actually blend with brass horns. Disconcerting is the only way to describe it. Nick Cave's powerful voice, the focal point of the band, is a mostly yammering, roaring, snarling, brainless mess. The lyrics, (example: "yack..yack...yackyackyack yack goes junkface") are rambing, drug addled nonsense. Nonsense! There is scarcely a hint of melody to be found anywhere on the album. The songs rhythms are unconventional. You like music catchy? Move aside, grandma.

The only thing, and I mean ONLY thing grounding these "songs" is the bass, played by the incredible gyrating showman Tracy Pew. If you pay attention to the low end, the rumbling bass provides the arresting appeal of songs like the title track... especially its cataclysmic ending. Songs like "She's hit" "Blast off!" and "Dead Joe" rumble powerfully, but I have to admit, none of them are particularly appealing in any musical sense.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melkor VINE VOICE on September 21, 2001
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I'm new to the world of Nick Cave. I got into his "Bad Seeds" stuff recently, because I remember seeing him at Lollapalooza in 1994, under a tent reciting some crazy poetry. For years I've been meaning to pick up some of his music, and I'm finally doing it. I noticed that Henry Rollins' record label re-issued this CD and thought I'd give it a shot. The closest comparison that I can think of for this CD is some sort of middle ground between The Stooges and The Cramps. It sounds very crazy, fun, and uninhibited. If you like aggressive, wild noise experimentation, then this is a CD for you. As a warning, the sound is very raw, like some of the older 80's punk like old Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, or Husker Du. I really like that "garage" sound, but if you're not into that kind of thing then you should avoid this....
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....No you souldn't. This is really great music!! Treat your ears to something nice and get this CD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1998
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This is one of the greatest records ever, if your taste runs toward the dark side of (in)human experience. "Dead Joe" is a classic romp of decayed junkie nihilism, and "Hamlet (Pow Pow Pow)" is a gothic tour de force, a precursor of the types of songs Cave went on to do with the Bad Seeds. Throw in the bonus track "Release the Bats", and you've got a near perfect album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yorgos dalman on July 2, 2006
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This Birthday Party's third and most notoir album literaly "Blasts off" with total noise, psychotic drums and screaming guitar terror; but then again, it's an LP that is made by a no-holds-barred punk act that's more of a crazed, insane lost-in-the-jungle war ensemble on the loose.

The songs TBP produces can be described best as "well structured chaos". It's fullblown punky mess, but with a mind behind it. Songs like "Six inch gold blade" and "Kwepie doll" are thunder without much point and probably will do nice on stage during cheap, messy, smokey, claustrophobic late night gigs.

"Dead Joe" and "Dead Joe (2nd version)" tell about a car crash and the songs sound just like one. "Hamlet (Pow pow pow)" takes on the graveyard scene from Shakespeare's legendary theatre play and "Several sins" stands out as a kind of eerie but beautiful "punk ballad".

The title track "Junkyard" is maybe the best song TBP ever cried out, with sneering guitars, up and down tempo, and singer Cave's dark voice, sometimes lowkey, sometimes highpitched screaming, perfectly in place. "Release the bats" is more of the same well-formulated chaos but with a catchy base drum by Mick Harvey that's really on a role.

I confess that TBP's first to albums "Hee-haw" and "Prayers on fire" didn't really got to me. Fifty percent of "Junkyard" did in a main way, just as the following (and last) TBP album "Mutiny / The Bad Seed" did.

In some ways, even more. TBP was really growing and maturing (which is really some kind of paradox: I always felt that punk music was mainly created to rage against maturity and the world of oppressing adults) and one would be curious what should have become of this nasty little Party had they not fall apart soon after release of "Mutiny / The Bad Seed".
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