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on 21 November 2001
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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on 4 April 2010
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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on 24 December 2014
I have to concede that I hated Door, Door when I first heard it, back in the early '80s when I was a snotty, Birthday Party -worshipping delinquent - in fact I ended up giving my original vinyl copy away in disgust (!). However, despite the protestations of Herr Cave, etc for the last 30-odd years, time has actually been relatively kind to it & it's actually a very fine late '70s new wave LP. There were certainly a lot worse British bands of a similar ilk foisting their dreadful records upon us back then...

Providing you don't approach it expecting to hear the genesis of Junkyard herein, & that you bear the band were still teenagers when they recorded it back in 1978/79, I'm confident you'll appreciate it's "period" art school pretensions & sophisticated pop-punk melodicism.
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on 1 February 2016
This is a quirky punk/new wave album from little known Australian band. The main reason I bought this record was for the last track Shivers. I first heard it on repeat film Dogs in Space and have been trying to get a copy of it for years. Just a brilliant song that more people should know.
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on 10 October 2013
excellent product and excellent cave this was the start of things to come for nick cave and the bad seeds
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on 4 September 2007
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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on 6 December 2014
At least a little too highly priced !
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