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Door, Door [Import]

Boys Next Door Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mushroom
  • ASIN: B00005QE0V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Brave Exhibitions
3. Friends Of My World
4. The Voice
5. Roman Roman
6. Somebody's Watching
7. After A Fashion
8. Dive Postion
9. I Mistake Myself
10. Shivers

Product Description

Seminal 1979 album from Nick Cave & Rowland S Howard's first band, which evolved into the Birthday Party. Includes "Shivers".

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began for Mr Cave... 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Utterly obscure to all but the most dedicated Nick Cave fans for years, Door Door has had something of a renaissance since its CD release.
But now the legend is available, is it worth it? Absolutely, and not just for Cave-men. While it does show where old misery-guts started off, it stands on its own as a classic of its time, particularly the standout track, Shiver.
Influenced primarily by the punk sounds Cave and co heard emanating from the UK, Door Door nonetheless also manages in places to desperately want to sound like David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Velvet Underground, in no particular order.
The sign of a band not yet fully formed? Yep, but these were the influences of its time, and by wearing them on its sleeve Door Door sets itself into a period many people remember with pangs of nostalgia. The whole thing comes across like a blast of stale, smoky air from the late 70s, and you can sit it with pride beside your Pistols, Costello and Television albums - it'll nestle there beautifully.
Anyway, The Boys Next Door became The Birthday Party shortly after this, and that's where the Cave story began in earnest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Door, Door' 4 April 2010
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a huge admirer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, finding many of their songs overblown and affected (despite a few gems like 'Straight to You'). But Nick Cave's 1979 debut with his band The Boys Next Door is completely free of these faults, unaffected to the point of innocence, and also devoid of the angsty persona they would adopt for their next album 'Prayers on Fire' (after changing their name to The Birthday Party).

On 'Door, Door' very simple chord progressions act as scaffolding for melodies so catchy they will stay in your head for days, if not weeks. The album is a veritable template for anyone wishing to use music as a weapon (i.e. using it to get inside people's heads). Melody is far more important than instrumentation, but for the record the latter mainly consists of distorted guitar with cleanly muffled bass and amateurish drumming, plus the odd horn section or piano riff.

No idea what the lyrics are about, and it's not important, either. Good music trumps good lyrics any day. While the latter are a nice bonus, they're not nearly so important as the music itself. From a musical point of view, 'Door, Door' is a virtually perfect pop album...
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5.0 out of 5 stars raw cave 10 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
excellent product and excellent cave this was the start of things to come for nick cave and the bad seeds
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completists only 4 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl back in the 80s
It's interesting to see how they developed.
Otherwise it's like any other secondary school rock band of the 80s.
Try and get the infinitely superior 2nd boys next door album instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start! 29 Sep 2005
By Michael D'orazio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You have to listen to this album at least a few times. There are a few really good tracks. The first half of the album was

produced by Les Karskey, so it's not as interesting as the last

half. I guess they got fed up, so they did the rest by themselves. I really liked "I mistake myself", for the guitar

work. It get's close to what they we're doing when they got to

Hee Haw. "The Voice", has a lot of energy, and insight. "Shivers", well, everyone likes that song. This album is a good start. I still think it's better than some of

the indie music out today. And if you are a Birthday Party fan,

it is a must to have. Get it cheap, though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Own for Nick Cave fans 5 Sep 2006
By sfslp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the beginning. Pre-Birthday Party and Bad Seeds, I believe they were even teenagers still. Not as polished, of course. But Shivers, the song made famous in the movie Dogs in Space, continues to be the perfect adult angst song to this day. Other Bday Party talents show up on Nightwatchman and Friends of My World. Upon listening to this now, I actually hear more Bday Party than ever before.

If you're to compare this work to that that comes after, of course it's not as good. But if you're to listen to it for its own merit and consider its place in history, then it's quite stellar--esp for post-punk Australia. That's why I give it 5 stars.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Exhibition! 14 Sep 2004
By Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ah like this album very, very much, because the voices and guitars of The Boys Next Door are great. The songs are all in the category 'Rock' never in 'Punk' or something like that. The Boys Next Door, Nick Cave's first band, a kinda schoolband I knew from an interview, are not comparable with the later bands of Nick, like The Birthday Party or The Bad Seeds, just different. Nearly all of the 10 tracks are full of action and guitars, for example 'The Nightwatchman', 'Brave Exhibitions', 'Friends Of My World', 'The Voice', ... Well, 'Door, Door' is no album for people who like it slowly and romantically. Ha, for me as a fan a nice CD, with Nick as the young leader, which is always a pleasure. Yep.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave a Co. 16 May 2014
By Kurk Schoner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you were wondering what The Birthday Party was like back in Australia, this is it. Very little resemblance. See what drugs'll do to ya?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great early nick cave 30 Jan 2013
By puckerup - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
boys next door is a very early incantation of nick cave.pulsating group of song from a master and Shivers is one of the finest songs cave has ever written
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