Friday, January 28, 2011


The Birthday Party- Mutiny EP/The Bad Seed EP (1983) MP3 & FLAC


"Deep in the woods, a funeral is swinging."

This collection, comprised of two EPs released in 1983 by The Birthday Party on the eve of their acrimonious, drug-fueled dissolution, begins unforgettably with Nick Cave's backwoods-preacher exhortation, "Hands up! Who wants to die!?!," and only gets more apocalyptic from there. While offering, once again, their sleazy Post-Punk take on the Country-Blues mixed with a liberal dose of The Stooges, The Birthday Party's swan-song bears some marks of a transitional work. For example, while Cave's vocals still exude his familiar over-the-top morbidity, there seems to be a greater quotient of seriousness on these EPs, which contrasts with earlier recordings, where Cave, Rowland & co. often served up their blood-soaked sermons with a subtle wink of the eye. This and the more polished production cause songs such as "Deep in the Woods" and "Sonny's Burning" to sound like something of a blueprint for Cave's next venture, The Bad Seeds, a name nicked, incidentally, from the title of one of these EPs. In fact, many of these songs sound like an early precursor to Murder Ballads, which, come to think of it, isn't a bad thing at all.

The Bad Seed EP (2000 Remastered Edition)
 1. Sonny's Burning  (3:20)
 2. Wildworld  (3:27)
 3. Fears of Gun  (3:54)
 4. Deep in the Woods  (4:50)

The Mutiny Sessions (2000 Remastered Edition)
 5. Jennifer's Veil  (4:58)
 6. Six Strings That Drew Blood  (3:32)
 7. Say a Spell  (3:41)
 8. Swampland  (3:31)
 9. Pleasure Avalanche  (4:23)
10. Mutiny in Heaven  (4:17)



14 comments:

  1. I have an idea! How about a series based on bands who did NOT break up via the common "acrimonious, drug-fueled dissolution"? There has to be as least two.

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  2. or a series on "acrimonious, drug-fueled institutions? Post #1: "Exile on Main Street"

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  3. *Gasp* There is a svastikle on the cover! It must be flushed down the memory hole with Dire Straits. Eye am so offended, I'm calling oprah and dr. phil right now to set up a group hug.

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  4. I have Let It Bleed on vinyl but no way to rip it to the pc. Could I hook the pc up to the stereo? Hmm. A neighbor has the usb turntable I should see if it is borrowable. All of those Rolling Stones albums from 1969-1974 are absolutely essential.

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  5. Winston, maybe an hour on Oprah's couch would cure me of the compulsion to post such inappropriate material. Can you put me in touch?

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  6. Vinnie, posting The Stones would guarantee me a shit-storm of DMCA threats

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  7. These old geezer bands with billions should lighten up but it is probably the band ripping off record companies with their obsolete business models that use these laws to step on people's fun. Hopefully some year the Puritan punishment gene will exit the gene pool so we can all have fun and enjoy life. I'll find a way to rip that Let It Bleed probably borrow the neighbors usb turntable and all the alphabet soup agencies and porky gestapo wannabe shitbags can suck me and they better not get any on em.

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  8. Gardy/Vinnie/Jo Jo?, we can only hope, but I think it might be the capitalist greed gene, and I doubt that leaves the gene-pool for quite some time. Incidently, in the past 12 years or so (roughly starting in the Napster era), record industry profits have skyrocketed. What this suggests (to me at least) is that the P2P era has helped not hindered their beloved profit margins. Personally, I buy far more CDs now than I ever did in 1997. Sharing is caring, but it's also free publicity for these labels and their "units." They are just too fascistic (I know-hyperbole, but it sounds good!) to figure this out. So rip your Stones vinyl, if only as an act of resistance in an era of oppression!

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  9. Do you also have 'Hee-Haw'?

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  10. Pieter, I do. I've been planning on posting some of the Birthday Party remasters, so I'll get on that soon

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  11. Yes! This blog is more than great!

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  12. Hi, I'll try to get "Hee-Haw" up this weekend

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  13. Hai Voixautre, I've got Hee-Haw already, but put it on your blog (for the others)

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  14. Pieter, I have the remastered edition, so you still may want to check out the version I post if the one you acquired is the original issue

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