Video: The Birthday Party – Nick The Stripper

Nick Cave fronting The Birthday Party, back in the day. Gothic yet kitsch.
Edition: August 11, 2010Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: SIMON GRIGGExtended Play:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and some of the photos, written and handpicked by Simon Himself :: As a kid growing up in suburban Auckland in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s good music was very hard to find. The commercial radio was awful, dominated by mainstream pap with a couple of hours of harder edged rock’n’roll late at night. Then came pirate radio and the underground and it opened a whole new world of adventure to me. Radio didn’t have to be pap. I starting hunting out the sounds I was hearing on my radio under the blankets late at night when I was supposed to be asleep, most especially the bands that were making the sorts of raw garage rock’n’roll in my hometown. By age 16 I was sneaking out and was a regular, under-aged, fixture at the various clubs and bars where bands, most of whom were never recorded, played. It was a short step from there to the forming my own band and then my own label. It set me on a journey I’m still enjoying. I’ve always liked to be challenged by music and almost everything here pushed the boundaries of contemporary music at the time they were released. And they are tunes…every last one of them.


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