“Door Door” by The Boys Next Door - album review

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TJR says

On the Boys Next Door debut Nick Cave comments: “It was a complete wet dream that record. I hate it. It wreaks of a band trying to be musically intelligent and write clever, witty lyrics. It’s a complete wank.” Harsh Nick, very harsh. Side one (rated 6.40) was recorded in June 1978, before Rowland Howard had joined. Here, the group play a Boomtown Rats style of pop-punk, complete with ooh-ooh-oohs and saxophones. The punky opening salvo “The Nightwatchman” is a clear highlight from this period. The improving Side two (rated 7.38) was recorded in January 1979 with Rowland, who contributes the classic suicide-ballad “Shivers” (although the band gets co-credit on all tracks). It’s the second side which sees the group take a clear turn for the better; towards the darkness that would soon envelope The Birthday Party, with “Dive Position” in particular laying down a kind of creep-waltz template that would become a peculiarity of The Birthday Party / The Bad Seeds later on. “Door Door” was a good start to the Nick Cave story. Which just goes to show – you should never let an artist do their own reviews…

The Jukebox Rebel
13-Apr-2008

A1 [02:07] 7.8.png The Boys Next Door - The Nightwatchman (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert) Post-Punk
A2 [02:27] 6.5.png The Boys Next Door - Brave Exhibitions (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert) New Wave
A3 [02:46] 6.0.png The Boys Next Door - Friends Of My World (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert) New Wave
A4 [03:55] 5.8.png The Boys Next Door - The Voice (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert) New Wave
A5 [01:35] 5.9.png The Boys Next Door - Roman Roman (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert) Post-Punk
A6 [02:39] 6.7.png The Boys Next Door - Somebody’s Watching (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Rowland S. Howard) New Wave
B1 [04:36] 6.7.png The Boys Next Door - After A Fashion (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Rowland S. Howard) New Wave
B2 [02:47] 7.5.png The Boys Next Door - Dive Position (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Rowland S. Howard) Post-Punk
B3 [04:31] 7.0.png The Boys Next Door - I Mistake Myself (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Rowland S. Howard) New Wave
B4 [04:34] 9.0.png The Boys Next Door - Shivers (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Rowland S. Howard) Songwriter




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