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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began for Mr Cave...
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,...
Published on 21 Nov 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars Completists only
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.
Published on 4 Sep 2007 by Eric Blair


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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began for Mr Cave..., 21 Nov 2001
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This review is from: "Door, Door" (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
This review is from: "Door, Door" (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
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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
This review is from: "Door, Door" (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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