- Face of the Band: Nick Cave was the attention-grabbing frontman from the beginning, and his solo success only made him moreso in retrospect. Downplayed in that listeners recognize the importance of all the members to the band's sound and quality, not just Cave.
- Funny Moments:
She, by the hair of my chinny chin chin
- "The Friend Catcher" is considered one of Rowland S. Howard's greatest achievements in guitar feedback and one of the seminal moments of the band becoming The Birthday Party. The lyrics?
HEE haw HEE haw HEE haw HEE haaaaaw!
And I'm impressed by everyone
- "Figure of Fun":
But I impress no-one
- "A Dead Song" sounds like Igor trying to sing at a concert while writing the lyrics on the fly and simultaneously forgetting them.
- Nick's occasional comments during live shows could be quite funny.
Nick: (Trying not to laugh) "Sex horror\Sex vamp- You win, you got the stick!"
- One 1982 performance of "Release the Bats" at the Hacienda involved him smacking the audience with a stick, and eventually they grabbed it out of his hand.
"Thank you, I love your haircuts as well."
- From Live 1981-82:
- Signature Song:
- "Release the Bats", much to the band's chagrin, was an indie hit and became one of the seminal vampire songs alongside "Bela Lugosi's Dead" that Goth Rock fans latched onto.
- "Shivers" was this for the band's The Boys Next Door incarnation and for Rowland S. Howard overall as a songwriter and musician.
- Signature Style: Wailing madman vocals of sex and violence over walls of sharp guitars and feedback, driven by a thick, sleazy bass and sharp, crisp drums. Or: strip club music in hell.
YMMV / The Birthday Party