Friday, October 23, 2009

The Birthday Party - Friend Catcher/ Waving Arms/Catman, single

Released in this month in 1980 its hard to explain how
ground breaking Nick and his band of misfits were at
the time. Originally released by the Boys next door and
on the Album that I have posted here called the Birthday
Party, the Boys became the Birthday Party and went on
to become one of the most influential bands of the 1980s,
certainly in Brisbane.



It seemed within two years the place was over run by
Birthday Party inspired bands. This is a great place to
start if you don't know this band, 3 tracks of pure brilliance.
Is there anyone much pushing the boundaries of music
like this these days?
I can't remember when I first heard this, but I did rush
out and buy the album, I think I had "Door Door"
first, but this is an incredible shift from that.
These are the records of my later teen years,
I made the punk to post punk move easily.
To me these guys were at the forefront.

Thanks Chuck for ripping and scanning this wonderful 7"


The Friend Catcher - Birthday Party

I, cigarette fingers
Puff and poke
Puff and poking the smoke
Touches the ground

You, your lungs and your wrists
They throb like trains
Choo choo choo
It's a prison of sound

Of sound

She, by my chinny chin chin
Hee - Haw,Hee - Haw,
Like a zippo smokes the way
Hope, around

You, your lungs and your wrists
They throb like trains
Choo choo choo
It's a prison of sound

A prison of sound

She, by the hair of my chinny chin chin
Hee - Haw,Hee - Haw,Hee - Haw,Hee - Haw
Like a zippo smokes the way
Hope, around

You, your lungs and your wrists
They throb like trains
Choo choo choo
It's a prison of sound

I poke around...

Download Here


The Friend Catcher Live

3 comments:

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Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

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