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Light my fire!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Prayers on Fire (Audio CD)
The Birthday Party's first 'proper' album (released in 1981, it was preceded by an eponymously-titled collection of EPs and singles) is a bona-fide rock classic. Although many critics prefer its successor, Junk Yard, for me Prayers on Fire has the edge, largely because of the inclusion of the terrifying Zoo Music Girl and King Ink. Although the band's arty, jazz-influenced sound was startlingly original, Cave's demented screaming and taste for self-degradation ( e.g. Figure of Fun, Nick The Stripper) recall Iggy Pop in his prime with The Stooges. As is the way with great talents, Cave built intelligently on rock's history and heritage without seeming merely derivative, and in so doing, produced a record that still sounds fresh and original after two decades. An essential purchase!