During their just-brief-enough career, the Birthday Party forged a unique sound that was fueled solely by each member's high-octane personal vision. With five musicians in two songwriting teams (Nick Cave and Mick Harvey or Rowland Howard and assorted friends), the question arose as to who was the catalyst for the band's incendiary performances -- Cave and his inchoate screams against God-man-woman-love-alcohol- pleasure-hate-fuck or Howard and his treble-shredding,... More >>>