GUEST WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY on Nick Cave and the Birthday Party at Mainstreet, 1983
Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour… VIEW ARTICLE
Jonathan Ganley is an Auckland photographer whose work has covered many subjects, notably New Zealand musicians. Visit Jon’s photo gallery: pointthatthing.com
Thank you, Jonathan, for publishing an expanded account of that night. Marvelous to read your comparison of Nick’s performance 30 years ago with Grinderman at Coachella.
Folks, I don’t have the Mainstreet show but I do have the bootleg audio from two nights later, May 5, 1983, when the band played Palmerston. Here’s an audio fix celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Birthday Party’s NZ tour. Enjoy!
The Birthday Party – May 5, 1983 – Palmerston North, Massey University, NZ
Lineup: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Tracey Pew, Des Hefner (replacing Mick Harvey)
Audio tracks are under the cut…
Gallery: Nick Cave – The Story booklet scans (Photo credits included with images.)
“Killer Instinct” interview by Andrea Cangioli (1996) is under the page break.
A Sound Concept: Spring Heeled Interviews Mick Harvey
By Rory Hinchey (Alpha Strategies)
When I heard Mick Harvey was touring in support of his album Sketches From the Book of the Dead, I decided immediately to set off to Malmö, Sweden . . . . I spoke to Mick about his ongoing series of European tour dates (full details of which are available at http://mickharvey.com ), plans for his next album, and also topics relating to his past involvement with The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Great interview, Rory. I enjoyed reading about Mick’s current tour with Rosie Westbrook and J.P. Shilo, his thoughts about songwriting, his reminiscences about Rowland S. Howard, the revelations about Tracey Pew’s death and The Birthday Party, and of course, Mick’s thoughts about his ‘invisible’ role as manager for the Bad Seeds and the stress of that situation.
Short extract follows:
Nick Cave, February 19, 1982 issue of RAM. Photo by Tasso Taraboulsi.
Thanks to chronicfabulist for the original scan!