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The Boys Next Door
-Chronology-

(Melbourne July 1977 - February 1980)
The Boys Next Door. From left: Mick Harvey-Phillip Calvert-Tracy Pew-Nick Cave
The band circa February 1978. Mick Harvey, Phillip Calvert, Tracy Pew and Nick Cave.


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads),
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups, trivia and other tall tales related to the Australian band The Boys Next Door.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1972-1975
The 'Caulfield Grammar School' band.

1972 Nick Cave, Phillip Calvert, John Cocivera, Mick Harvey, Ashley Mackevicious, Tracy Pew and Brett Purcell are all attending a private boarding school in Melbourne, Caulfield Grammar. John (on guitar), Brett (on bass) and Phillip (on drums) form a band, later joined by Mick (on guitar). Brett and John are the main influential members of the band. They operate under various short-lived chosen-for-the-occasion names, like Concrete Vulture, Magic Pudding or Suffragette City. By 1974 Nick joins on vocals. The band rehearse (at Phill's parents garage), plays at parties and school functions with a mixed repertoire covering songs by Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, and plenty of Sensational Alex Harvey Band, among others. They practice about once a month and rarely perform live. By 1975 Chris Coyne [later Blue Ruin] joins (on sax). When the boys end secondary school in 1975 the band fizzles out.


Caulfield Grammar School band 1975

1975
AU Melbourne,Caulfield Grammar,Lower Hall

Photo: Credit unknown. (l-r) Mick Harvey, John Cocivera, Chris Coyne, Phillip Calvert, Nick Cave and Brett Purcell. Taken from "Nick Cave: The Birthday Party and Other Epic Adventures", a book by Robert Brokenmouth.


Caulfield Grammar School art class 1975

1975
AU Melbourne,Caulfield Grammar,art class

Photo: Credit unknown. Mick Harvey (5th from left) , Nick Cave (center) and Phillip Calvert (3rd from right). Taken from "Nick Cave: The Birthday Party and Other Epic Adventures", a book by Robert Brokenmouth.






1976-1977
Proto- The Boys Next Door.

1976 Nick Cave attends the Arts department of the Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University). Nick Cave, together with John Cocivera, Phillip Calvert and with new guys Ashley Mackevicious (then on guitar, now a respected photographer) and Nick's old Caulfield Grammer school friend Tracy Pew form a new band. Pew had been learning the rudiments of bass guitar from his best mate in suburban Mount Waverley, Chris Walsh [The Reals/The Negatives, later The Fabulous Marquises and The Moodists]. Late 1976 they perform live at a "Battle of the bands" festival at Burwood High School, Mount Waverley. John and Ashley leave the band and Mick Harvey (who had, after leaving school, worked at a tax office for a year) re-joins under the conditon that they would start composing their own songs.

By July 1977, after Nick had quit school, they picked The Boys Next Door as band name, which they would continue to use until February 1980, when they will move to London (UK). By then they will have played over 300 live gigs, mainly in the Melbourne area.


Melbourne March 1977

03-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-Chadstone,Mathew Flinders Hotel

04-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Beverley Crest Hotel International,Be Bop & Loo Bar

05-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Imperial Club Hotel,Martini's

08-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Beverley Crest Hotel International,Be Bop & Loo Bar

10-Mar-77
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel

11-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-Frankston,Pier Hotel

12-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-Ringwood,Manhattan

14-Mar-77
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Room
Moomba Festival

Flyer 1: Reproduction of flyer taken from "Radio Birdman" a book by Vivien Johnson.

Flyer 2: Scan of flyer for the Tiger Room show.

Note: Radio Birdman concerts. Sydney based band, Radio Birdman perform for the first time in Melbourne during March 1977. The concert at Be Bop & Loo Bar @ the Beverley Crest Hotel is attended by Nick Cave. The gigs @ Martini's and Manhatten are attended by Rowland S. Howard, who then writes a letter to join their fan club.


Melbourne xx-xxx-77

xx-xxx-77
AU Melbourne,-

Setlist: Break You In/ I'm So Ugly/ Secret Life/ Thalidomide Babies (Have More Fun)/ Espresso Bongo/ Gloria [Them]/ Andy Warhol [David Bowie]/ These Boots Are Made For Walking [Nancy Sinatra]/ I Put A Spell On You [Screamin' Jay Hawkins].

Note: Scan taken from Pulp #1 1977, punk fanzine.

Note: A typical setlist of early Boys Next Door, then naming themselves: Nick Danger (vocals)/ Johnny America (lead guitar)/ Mick Harvey (guitar)/ Buddy Love (bass) and Phill Thump (drums). 'Johnny America' is probably John Cocivera, who left Melbourne for America not soon after.


Melbourne April 1977

xx-May-77
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Beverley Crest Hotel International,Be Bop & Loo Bar

xx-May-77
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Room

xx-May-77
AU Melbourne-Ferntree,Gully Hotel

Photo: At Tiger Room. Credit © Rennie Ellis .

Review: Tiger Room gig reviewed by Allan Webster, taken from Juke weekly music mag, 14-May-77.

Note: The Saints concerts. The Saints perform for the first time in Melbourne during May 1977. At the Beverley Crest Hotel, Nick Cave attends with Chris Walsh [The Reals/The Negatives, The Fabulous Marquises and The Moodists] and Rob Wellington [later International Exiles and Little Murders]. At the Tiger Room gig (photo) Nick Cave attends accompanied by Garry Gray [The Reals/Negatives, later Sacred Cowboys], Phill Calvert and Rob Wellington [The Obsessions].






1977
The Boys Next Door start gigging more regularly and record for the 'punk' label Suicide.

Line-up #1 (AU, Melbourne: July 1977 - July 1978):
Nick Cave (vocals)/ Mick Harvey (guitar)/ Tracy Pew (bass) & Phillip Calvert (drums)

Camberwell 23-Jul-77

23-Jul-77
AU Melbourne-Camberwell,Janet Austin's place,private party
[with The Reals & The Obsessions]

Review: Taken from "Alive 'n' Pumping" punk zine, issue #1- 1977.

Note: Together with Bruce Milne and Clinton Walker, Janet Austin ran "Pulp" punk fanzine. The Obsessions' (featuring Rowland S.Howard) only(?) live gig. The Reals are Garry Gray (vocals), Ian ‘Ollie’ Olsen (guitar), Chris Walsh (bass) and Peter [no relation to Nick] Cave (drums), they play Stooges influenced songs. Ian ‘Ollie’ Olsen and Rowland S.Howard would in December 1977 form The Young Charlatans. At the party Nick Cave and Rowland S.Howard meet for the first time. Chris Walsh [The Reals] fills in on bass for Tracy Pew.


xx-Aug-77
AU Melbourne-Syndal,Technical School
[with The Reals]

Note: Organised by Chris Walsh [The Reals].


xx-Aug-77
AU Melbourne-Glen Waverley,Ashwood (Ashburton), church hall
[with The Reals]

Note: At the church hall where Mick Harvey's father then is a Church of England vicar. After 5 songs into the set a brawl with the Holmesglen Sharpies skinheads ensues. Cave, Gray and Walsh are badly beaten up, Nick sister Julie tries to intervene, and the gig is stopped by police and the skinheads are arrested.


Hawthorn 19-Aug-77

19-Aug-77
AU Melbourne-Hawthorn,Swinburne College of Technology,Ethel Hall
[with The Reals, The Obsessions and The Babeez]

Setlist: Blitzkrieg Bop [Ramones]/ Funny Isn't It/ I'm Eighteen [Alice Cooper]/ Gloria [Them]/ Masturbation Generation/ Who Needs You?/ I Put A Spell On You [Screaming Jay Hawkins]/ Commando [Ramones]/ My Generation [The Who]/ Big Future/ These Boots Are Made For Walking [Nancy Sinatra]/ World Panic/ Louie Louie [The Kingsmen].

Flyer: Scan of flyer. Another flyer, reproduced in the booklet accompanying the "Inner City Sound" 2CD (Laughing Outlaw Records 2005).

Photo: Photos 1 and Photos 2 credit Peter Milne.

Note 1: The Boys Next Door are still largely a covers/garage band, at this gig doing only 5 own (fairly weak) songs. The Obsessions (Rowland S.Howard's band) pulled out at the last minute because they could not find a drummer. They were replaced by The Babeez [later to become The News]. A few days after the gig Rowand introduces Nick to Anita Lane, whom he was studying with at Prahran Technical Art & Design School.

Note 2: The gig was organised by Bruce Milne (then DJ at Swinburne University 3SW student radio). Attending the gig is Bruce's younger brother Peter, who in subsequent years would document the Melbourne punk/art scene of the late 70's/early 80's in his photographs. An audio recording (by 3SW student radio) of the concert was released on a cassette in 1983 and sold at (Bruce Milne's) Au-Go-Go record store. Later the cassette was re-released on several bootleg LPs/CDs.


Tiger Room 77

14-Sep-77
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Room
[with Keith Glass' Living Legends]

Ad: Scan of generic ad.

Note: Start of a Wednesday night residency supporting Keith Glass, who in 1977 would establish Missing Link records for which The Boys Next Door would record. He would also become their manager, in 1978.

The Royal Oak Hotel was located on Church Street and its Tiger Room was launched in October 1976 by famous promoter Laurie Richards. By October 1977 the name would change to Tiger Lounge. Laurie Richards went on to manage more than 40 venues, clubs and restaurants, including the Crystal Ballroom, Kingston Hotel, Tropicana Lounge, Prince of Wales, Bananas, the Jump Club. In 2014 Richards died in his Port Melbourne home, aged 59, after a bad fall.


Tiger Room Sep/Dec-77

Sep/Oct-77
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Room
[with Keith Glass' Living Legends]

Photo: Credit Bill Tolson.

Note: Wednesday night residency supporting Keith Glass.


Bananas 18-Nov-77

18-Nov-77
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco

Setlist: First set: I Need A Million [Laughing Dogs]/ Funny Isn't It/ Big Future/ I'm Eighteen [Alice Cooper]/ Sex Crimes/ This Perfect Day/ and more ...(perhaps also "Can't Do It" and "Maybe Zone").
Second set: Caroline Says II [Lou Reed]/ Show Me A Sign (aka Whatever It Means)/ Who Needs You?/ World Panic/ Joyride/ All This Fuss/ Masturbation Generation/ Success Story/ Secret Life/ These Boots Are Made For Walking [Nancy Sinatra]/ Sex Crimes.

Review: Reviewed by Rowland S.Howard [then Young Charlatans] in Pulp #3&4 fanzine, February 1978.

Note: Bananas (run by Joe Gaultieri and later by Laurie Richards) was a little venue above Saint Moritz on the Upper Esplanade. The Saint Moritz was a dance hall that had been turned into an ice skating rink in 1939. Formerly the Whiskey Au Go Go, Bananas was the only place in St.Kilda you could see punk bands like the Boys Next Door before Dolores San Miguel opened up the Seaview Hotel for live shows in August 1978.


Burwood High Nov/Dec-77

Nov/Dec-77
AU Melbourne-Mount Waverley,Burwood High School
Battle of the bands - open air

Photo: Credit unknown.

Note: May have happened one year earlier in 1976.


Nov/Dec-77
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with Keith Glass' Living Legends]

Note: Wednesday night residency supporting Keith Glass. In October 1977 the Tiger Room changed name to the Tiger Lounge.

In 1977 Barrie Earl, who was a booking agent for Premier Artists (agency for booking and touring of contemporary recording artists, established in 1973) had just returned from the UK where he had witnessed the Punk explosion first hand. He badgered Michael Gudinski (Mushroom Records head) into getting on board the whole punk bandwagon. Rather than using his (1972 founded) Mushroom label Gudinski created a subsidiary label, 'Suicide', to see if they could replicate their own version of commercial 'Punk'. Barrie Earl sees The Boys Next Door play at the Tiger Lounge and offers them a record contract.


Martini's

30-Nov-77
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Imperial Club Hotel,Martini's

Pass: Scan of pass.

Note: Members of the American band Blondie, then touring Australia, attend the gig (minus Debby Harry and Chris Stein) together with Ian 'Molly' Meldrum. Meldrum presented ABC TV's "Countdown" weekly pop program from 1974 till 1987. He wrote a review of this Boys Next Door gig in The Sun newspaper, which was noticed by Barrie Earl.

Martini's was run by promoter Adrian Barker, and was one of the first Carlton venues to add newer, punkier acts to the bill, such as Radio Birdman, Boys Next Door, JAB, Models, etc..


02-Dec-77
AU Melbourne,-
[support for Radio Birdman]

Note: Radio Birdman 3rd time in Melbourne (after March '77, June '77) and on their last tour before going to London (UK).


05-Dec-77
AU Melbourne-CBD,Council of Adult Education


Dec-77
AU Melbourne-South Yarra,Media Sound Studios. Recording for the "Lethal Weapons" various artists compilation album. They record 5 songs (among others "Sex Crimes", "Secret Life", Success Story" and "Conversations") they are pleased with, but Suicide isn't. Instead they settle for one cover song, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" [Nancy Sinatra] and two originals "Masturbation Generation" and Boy Hero". Produced by Greg Macainsh [The Skyhooks bassplayer and songwriter]. "Sex Crimes" would later end up on the V/A:"Alternative Animals" CD/CDROM (Shock 2005).

"I don’t quite know why I got asked to do the Boys Next Door, but regardless I said yes and we went down to a place in South Yarra and got to work. They had never been in the studio before, so there was quite a lot of fiddling around. I remember Tracy had a strange kind of semi-acoustic bass, and Mick had some kind of Maton. Phill was quite proficient, and he and Mick were pretty personable, too. Nick was already developing that standoffish mood and attitude, even then. Greg Macainish interview at the I-94 Bar .


Punk Gunk 31-Dec-77

31-Dec-77
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Faraday street
Punk Gunk festival
[with The Babeez, JAB, Tch Tch Tch, Spred and The Zorros].

Poster: Poster designed by Philip Brophy [Tch Tch Tch]. Reproduction taken from booklet with "Lethal Weapons" CD reissue (Aztecmusic 2007).

Note: Spred later became Teenage Radio Stars. James Freud and Sean Kelly [of TRS] would in 1978 form The Models. The Babeez around this time were Gavin Quinn, Henry Vyhnal, Jeff Rule, Jarryl Wirth, Julie Jordan and John Murhpy. Festival organised by Philip Brophy and Maria Kozic [both Tch Tch Tch ] and Gavin Quinn [The Babeez]. When the event was banned from the planned location, a church in Alma Road, St.Kilda, they just moved it to the footpath in front of The Babeez run-down weatherboard house on Farraday Street in Carlton.

"I can't believe we got away with it. Just set up a PA on the street and everyone turned up and watched the bands play. There was a nature strip and cars were just driving by so people were on the road, then a car would come along it was a bit like kids with a football you had to get off the road while a car went past. I'm sure the cops came past at some stage but I don't remember them shutting it down or anything like that [...] There wasn't a hundred people at it but I think there was more than 50." Bruce Milne at St Kilda Music Walking Tours.






1978
The year in which their first single ("These Boots Are Made For Walking") and the "Lethal Weapons" 'punk' compilation are released, they record one side of their debut album "Door, Door" and Rowland S.Howard joins the band. About 150 gigs.

25-Jan-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with Keith Glass' Living Legends and JAB]

Note: JAB are from Adelaide and have Ash Wednesday as member, who would join Einstürzende Neubauten's live band in 1997.


27-Jan-78
AU Melbourne,University

xx-xxx-78
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel

01-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with Keith Glass' Living Legends]

04-Feb-78
AU Melbourne,Victoria University,Footscray Park Campus
[with JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

08-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with The Sports]


16-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Prahran,Station Hotel
[with JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

Note: The Station Hotel in Greville Street was opened by promoter Mark Barnes as a venue for live music in 1971 and as such was one of the longest serving inner-city pub venues in Melbourne. Barnes passed away in 2014, at the age of 64.


17-Feb-78
AU Melbourne,Edithvale Hall
[with X-Ray-Z]

22-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

24-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Preston,Preston Institute of Technology
[with Teenage Radio Stars]

25-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with Sports, Dave Warner's From The Suburbs]


Bananas 27-Feb-78

27-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
"Punk Rock" festival
[with X-Ray-Z, JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

Ad: Scan of ad from The Age 24-Feb-78.


Son of Punk Gunk 28-Feb-78

28-Feb-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Bailey Hall
Son of Punk Gunk festival
[with The News, Tch Tch Tch, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB].

Poster: Photo of poster desinged by Philip Brophy.

Note: Organised by Philip Brophy [Tch Tch Tch] and Bruce Milne. Only days before the date, Suicide label acts, Boys Next Door and Teenage Radio Stars pulled out. The Proles took their places. The News were formerly The Babeez.


March-1978
AU Release of the "These Boots Are Made For Walking/Boy Hero" 7" single (Suicide records).


01-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with X-Ray-Z and The Negatives]

Note: The Negatives are The Reals after Ian 'Ollie' Olsen left.


Geelong 02-Mar-78

02-Mar-78
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel
[with Teenage Radio Stars]

Photo: Taken from "Nick Cave: The Birthday Party and Other Epic Adventures", a book by Robert Brokenmouth.


03-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel
[with The Negatives]

Note: The Kingston Hotel was run by Laurie Richards, who also ran the Tiger Lounge, and in February 1979 would open the Crystal Ballroom at the Seaview Hotel.


Bananas 06-Mar-78

06-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
"Punk Rock" festival
[with X-Ray-Z, JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

Ad: Scan of ad from The Age 03-Mar-78.


07-Mar-78
AU Melbourne,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with The Negatives, JAB and X-Ray-Z]

Note: At the Tiger Lounge gig Rowland S.Howard joins guest vocals, doing "Shivers". Rowland then is in the Young Charlatans, but they had not yet performed live.


Martini's xx-Mar-78

xx-xxx-78
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Imperial Club Hotel,Martini's
[with The Sports]

Photo: Credit Peter Milne.


10-Mar-78
Melbourne-Collingwood,Town Hall
[with The Sports, JAB, Teenage Radio Stars and Keith Glass Band]

13-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

15-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with X-Ray-Z, Negatives and JAB]


Bombay Rock 16-Mar-78

16-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Extravaganza
[with Negatives, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

17-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Glyn Mason, Dave Warners' From The Suburbs and Red Hot Peppers]

Ad: Reproduction of ad taken from "Dig - Australian Rock Music 1960-85", book by David Nichols.

Note: Re-opening week of Bombay Rock at the corner of Phoenix street/Sydney Road, Brunswick location. Opened in 1977 as the Bombay Bicycle Club (formerly the Copacabana, a Greek nightclub), located in Bourke street in the city, and operated by Joe Gualtieri. At the new location the venue, now owned by Michael Gudinski (Mushroom records) was active until 1991, when it was destroyed by a fire. These days it's an Indian restaurant.


18-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern

Setlist: Success Story/ These Boots Are Made For Walking/ Big Future/ Joyride/ Andy Warhol [David Bowie]/ Masturbation Generation/ Sex Crimes/ Roman Roman/ Secret Life/ Spoilt Music/ Earthling In The Orient/ Boy Hero/ Friends Of My World/ The Nightwatchman/ Rude Youths.


Bananas 20-Mar-78

20-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
"Punk Rock" festival
[with X-Ray-Z, JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

Ad: Scan of ad from The Age 17-Mar-78.


Bombay Rock 23-Mar-78

23-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

Ad: Ad from The Age 23-Mar-78.


London Tavern 23-Mar-78

25-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern
(afternoon)

Ad: Ad from The Age 23-Mar-78.


Bananas 27-Mar-78

27-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

Ad: Generic ad for Bananas.


Bombay Rock 29-Mar-78

29-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: New Wave Nites organised by Suicide Records.


Bombay Rock 30-Mar-78

30-Mar-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

Ad: Scan of ad.


01-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern
[with Teenage Radio Stars]
(afternoon)

03-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]


Bombay Rock 05-Apr-78

05-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

06-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Teenage Radio Stars and JAB]

Ad: Scan of ad.


10-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco,New Wave Night
[with X-Ray-Z, JAB and Negatives]

12-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

13-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, JAB and Negatives]

17-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with JAB and The News]

19-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z, Negatives and The Young Charlatans]

Note: The Young Charlatans are Rowland S.Howard (vocals,guitar)/ Ian 'Ollie' Olson (vocals,guitar)/ Janine Hall (bass) and Jeffrey Wegener (drums).


Sydney 20-Apr-78

20-Apr-78
AU Sydney,Paris Theatre
[with JAB and Rocks]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Event hosted by Tony Walker from 2JJ radio. During April 1978, radio station Double J's mobile recording truck was camped at the Paris Theatre, recording performances from the likes of X, News, Survivors, Rocks, and the Boys Next Door for later broadcast on Wednesday evenings.


Sydney 21-Apr-78

21-Apr-78
AU Sydney-Bondi Junction,Blondies
[with The Last Words and Crime and the City Solution]

Setlist: among others Andy Warhol [David Bowie]/ Sex Crimes/ Earthling In The Orient.

Photo: Taken from front cover of Sydney punk fanzine Spurt issue #4, 1978.

Note: Blondies was a very short lived club on top of Bondi Junction’s McDonalds.


22-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with JAB and Daniel]

24-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with JAB and Negatives]

26-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock,New Wave Nite
[with X-Ray-Z and JAB]


Preston 28-Apr-78

28-Apr-78
AU Melbourne-Preston,Preston Institute of Technology
Alternative Animals festival
[with The Negatives, JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

Setlist: Boy Hero/ Big Future/ Success Story (*)/ Roman Roman/ Andy Warhol [David Bowie]/ Friends Of My World/ Secret Life (*)/ These Boots Are Made For Walking/ Earthling In The Orient/ Somebody's Watching.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Festival organised by Suicide Records. Filmed on video by Linda Baron, (*) tracks available on "Alternative Animals" CD/CD-ROM (Shock Records 2005).


Bernhardt's 30-Apr-78

30-Apr-78
AU Melbourne,Bernhardt's Gay Nite Club,Pulp benefit
[with The Young Charlatans, The News, Proles, Two Way Garden, Fiction and Spivs]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Photo: Photo credit, likely Peter Milne.

Note: Benefit organised by The News for Bruce Milne and Clinton Walker's "Pulp" fanzine. For some reason or other, it didn't resuscitate the ailing "Pulp" fanzine. Eventually "Pulp" issue #5 became a 'Best Of Pulp' which saw light as the book "Inner City Sound" by Clinton Walker. The Young Charlatans are Rowland S.Howard's band.

Bernhardt's (at 50 Little Latrobe street in the city) had opened in 1965 by Ken Moate and Ron Eden, as The Thumping Tum , which was Melbourne's first discotheque. Bernhardt's allowed The News to run 'New Wave' concerts on Tuesday evening as from 28-Mar-78.


May-1978
AU Release of the "V/A: Lethal Weapons" album (Suicide records/RCA).

At the time selling about 4,000 - 5,500 copies.

Suicide's promo advert for the album. Another Suicide promo advert.

Review from Semper 24-May-78 (a student magazine published at the University of Queensland in Brisbane). Review from Tharunka 06-Jun-78 (a student magazine published at the University of New South Wales in Sydney). Review from The Age 09-Jun-78 (Melbourne daily newpaper).


Boots video '78

xx-May-78
AU Melbourne, shooting video for "These Boots Are Made For Walking"

Photo: Screen captures from "These Boots.." video clip directed by Chris Löfvén and produced by Lyne Helms. In 1976 Löfvén had directed "Oz, A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie" with a musical score by Ross Wilson [Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock]. From 1977 to 1984 he directed countless of music video clips.

Note: The band also performed the song on Molly Meldrum's ABC "Countdown" music television show. The only time they were to be on "Countdown". A large number of "Countdown" master videotapes recorded between 1974 and 1978 were later erased and recycled during a management-initiated 'economy drive' at the ABC. All episodes (except for 30) aired between 1975 and 1978 were erased.


Adelaide May-78

02-May-78
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

03-May-78
AU Adelaide,St. Leonards Inn
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

04-May-78
AU Adelaide,Highway Inn
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

05-May-78
AU Adelaide,Marryatville Hotel
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

06-May-78
AU Adelaide,Marryatville Hotel
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine May 1978.

Note: Touring promoting "Lethal Weapons" album. Suicide Records package tour. First time in Adelaide.


Adelaide May-78

07-May-78
AU Adelaide,Rundle Mall
(afternoon)
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

Setlist: I Need A Million [Laughing Dogs]/ Big Future/ I'm Eighteen [Alice Cooper]/ Sex Crimes/ These Boots Are Made For Walking [Nancy Sinatra]/ Masturbation Generation/ Can’t Do It/ Ain’t It Funny/ Who Needs You/ World Panic/Boy Hero.

Photo: Scan of photo from Roadrunner zine June 1978, taken at one of the May 1978 gigs in Adelaide.

Note: Touring promoting "Lethal Weapons" album. Suicide Records package tour. The police interrupted the gig during "Masturbation Generation" asking to turn the volume down, which they did.


07-May-78
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
(evening)
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

Review: Scan of review by Jillian Burt of their Adelaide tour, taken from Roadrunner zine June 1978.

Note: Touring promoting "Lethal Weapons" album. Suicide Records package tour.


xx-May-78
AU Tasmania,-
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

Note: Touring promoting "Lethal Weapons" album. Suicide Records package tour.


11-May-78
AU Geelong,Sundowner Hotel
[with X-Ray-Z and Teenage Radio Stars]

12-May-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Skyhooks and Texas]

13-May-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel
[with Teenage Radio Stars]


Bernhardts 16-May-78

16-May-78
AU Melbourne,Bernhardt's Gay Nite Club
[with The News]

Poster: Photo of poster.


16-May-78
AU Sydney-Earlwood,Bardwell Park,RSL Club
[with The Skyhooks]

17-May-78
AU Newcastle,Western Suburbs Leagues Club
[with The Skyhooks]

Note: New South Wales tour in support of The Skyhooks, then Australia's premier rock band. Their bassplayer and songwriter, Greg Macainsh, produced The Boys Next Door's tracks on the "Lethal Weapons" punk compilation.


Sydney 18-May-78

18-May-78
AU Sydney-Bondi Junction,The Lifesaver
[with The Skyhooks]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: New South Wales tour in support of The Skyhooks.


21-May-78
AU Sydney-Northern Suburbs,The Leagues Club
[with The Skyhooks]

Note: New South Wales tour in support of The Skyhooks.


01-Jun-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[with JAB and Teenage Radio Stars]

08-Jun-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Teenage Radio Stars]


Hawthorn 09-Jun-78

09-Jun-78
AU Melbourne-Hawthorn,Swinburne College of Technology,Ethel Hall
New Wave Night
[with The Young Charlatans, News, Two Way Garden]

Setlist: Sex Crimes/ Conversations/ The Voice/ The Nightwatchman/ Secret Life/ Masturbation Generation/...

Photo: Screen captures from a (15 minutes) video by Linda Baron.

Ad: Ad from the Swinburne Scraglet .

Note: The last The Young Charlatans (Rowland S.Howard's band) gig before breaking up. Rowland would be joining the Boys Next Door 2 months later.


June 1978
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Alan Eaton Studios,recording for their debut album. The 12 songs recorded are "Secret Life", "Sex Crimes", "Conversations", Earthling In The Orient", "Spoilt Music", an untitled Rowland S.Howard and Nick Cave duet, and "The Nightwatchman", "Brave Exhibitions", "Friends Of My World", "The Voice", "Roman Roman" and "Somebody's Watching". Initially the album was recorded for the Suicide records label and to be called "Brave Exhibitions", but when Suicide folded in October 1978 six (out of twelve) tracks ended up on side one of the "Door, Door" album, released by Mushroom Records (Suicide's parent label). Produced by Les Karski (aka Leszek J. Karski, who later worked with Midnight Oil, in 1979 and The Triffids, in 1982).


15-Jun-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[support for The Angels, with X-Ray-Z]


24-Jun-78
AU Melbourne-Frankston,Sovereign Hotel
[with Sidewinder]

01-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel
(afternoon)

01-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Poyntons Carlton Club Hotel
(evening)
[with Teenage Radio Stars]

08-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel


18-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

21-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
[support for The Angels]

25-Jul-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: From July 18th they start a Tuesday night residency at the Tiger Lounge, doing 3 sets a night and covers as "Andy Warhol" [Bowie], "Caroline Says" [Reed] and "Personality Crisis" [NY Dolls].


Hawthorn 29-Jul-78

29-Jul-78
AU Melbourne,Doncaster East Hall
[with the Negatives]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Replacing JAB.


01-Aug-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

08-Aug-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Continuation of Tuesday night residency at the Tiger Lounge, doing 3 sets a night and covers as "Andy Warhol" [Bowie], "Caroline Says" [Reed] and "Personality Crisis" [NY Dolls].


August 1978. After Ian 'Ollie' Olson had left (for the 4th and final time) The Young Charlatans in June 1978, the band quickly folds. Rowland had in the past guested at several Boys Next Door concerts and now permanently joins on guitar. He's taking some of his Young Charlatans songs with him ("Whatever It Means", "AKA", "I Mistake Myself", "Grand Illusions" and "Shivers") and he will be writing many of the Boys Next Door songs.


Line-up #2 (AU, Melbourne: August 1978 - February 1980):
Nick Cave (vocals/synthesiser)/ Mick Harvey (guitar/synthesiser)/ Rowland S.Howard (guitar)/ Tracy Pew (bass) & Phillip Calvert (drums)

11-Aug-78
AU Melbourne,Victorian College Of Arts

Note: Rowland's first gig as permanent member of The Boys Next Door.


15-Aug-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

22-Aug-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

24-Aug-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

Note: Start of a Tuesday night residency at the Tiger Lounge.


02-Sep-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
[with The Little Cuties]

Note 1: The Little Cuties are a one-off band with Nick Cave (organ, keyboard), Mick Harvey (drums), Vicki Bonet (vocals), Pierre Voltaire (guitar), Rowland S.Howard (bass, rhythm guitar), Genevieve McGuckin (bass, rhythm guitar).

Note 2: Dolores San Miguel took charge of the Seaview Hotel (former George Hotel) in Fitzroy Street from its previous occupants in August 1978. She agreed with the owner of the place, Graeme Richmond (vice-president of the Richmond football club) to start booking punk/new wave bands. Her first band to play there (on 05-Aug-78) was JAB in the Wintergarden Room (a side room upstairs). Then on September the 2nd 1978, Dolores took control of the ballroom (downstairs) and opened it up also named as the Wintergarden Room. Dolores continued to run the ballroom every Saturday night until it was taken over by Laurie Richards in February 1979.

Laurie Richards renamed the venue the Crystal Ballroom and operated it under that name until January 10th 1981, although Dolores returned in April of 1980 to run weeknight gigs in what she named, the Paradise Lounge (on the ground floor). After Laurie left, Dolores took on a business partner, Nigel Rennard, and they ran the venue as The Ballroom until a falling out in September of 1981, whereby Dolores vacated her position. Nigel renamed the venue the Seaview Ballroom and ran it till the end of 1983. (In 1982 Nigel Rennard and his sister Diane took over the Missing Link record store from Keith Glass and ran it until 2011). Dolores was back in 1984 but left in early 1985. She ran a few nights in 1986 before the hotel/venue was closed for business in 1987. More information in "The Ballroom: The Melbourne Punk & Post Punk Scene", a book by Dolores San Miguel.


05-Sep-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

08-Sep-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

12-Sep-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

19-Sep-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Tiger Lounge gigs are part of their Tuesday night residency.


October 1978. After a mere year in existance Suicide records folds.


03-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Part of their Tuesday night residency at the Tiger Lounge.


05-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel


06-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Marijuana House @ 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Note: The Marijuana House was the former headquarters of the pacifist movement during World War Two. Then it was occupied by the University of Melbourne Student Representative Council (SRC). From 1978 it was known as 'Marijuana House', consisting of a retail shop, restaurant and venue for entertainment.


07-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
(afternoon)
[with Fiction, La Femme]

Note: Start of a Saturday residency at the Seaview Hotel.


10-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Tiger Lounge gig part of their Tuesday night residency.


11-Oct-78 Melbourne-St.Kilda,police station. Nick Cave's mother, Dawn, was bailing out her son again, this time on a charge of burglary when they are informed that Colin, Nick's father (who taught maths and English and was director of adult education in Victoria) had died in a car crash.


12-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with Sweet Jayne]

14-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

17-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

21-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-City,Club Hotel

Note: Tiger Lounge gig part of their Tuesday night residency.


Tiger Lounge 24-Oct-78

24-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Setlist: Conversations/ The Voice/ Caroline Says II [Lou Reed]/ Earthling In The Orient/ The Wrong Person/ and more..

Photo: Screen capture from a (24 minutes) video by Linda Baron.

Note: Part of their Tuesday night residency. Simon Bonney [Crime and the City Solution] attends the gig.


25-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with Crossfire]

28-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

29-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Champion Hotel

31-Oct-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Tiger Lounge gig is part of their Tuesday night residency.


Seaview Hotel 04-Nov-78

04-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
(afternoon at 1PM)
[with Fiction]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Saturday residency at the Seaview Hotel.


07-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Note: Part of their Tuesday night residency.


Seaview Hotel 11-Nov-78

11-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
[with The Romantics]

Flyer: Reproduction taken from "The Ballroom: The Melbourne Punk & Post Punk Scene", a book by Dolores San Miguel.

Note: Saturday residency at the Seaview Hotel.


14-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

17-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St. Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with Dave Warner's From The Suburbs]

19-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Champion Hotel
[with Red Shift]

Note: Tiger Lounge gig part of their Tuesday night residency.


21-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

Setlist: 1st set: Boy Hero/ Conversations/ Friends Of My World/ Brave Exhibitions/ Shivers/ Whatever It Means/ Mouth To Mouth/ A.K.A./ The Voice/ Grand Illusions

2nd set: The Wrong Person/ Caroline Says II [Lou Reed]/ Earthling In The Orient/ Dive Position/ I Mistake Myself/ Don't Split It [Subway Sect]/ China Girl [David Bowie/Iggy Pop]/ The Nightwatchman/ Big Future/ Somebody's Watching/ Secret Life/ Andy Warhol [David Bowie].

Note: Gig part of their Tuesday night residency.


25-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
[with Bohdan X and Romantics]

28-Nov-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

01-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-City,Club Hotel
[with Two Way Garden]

05-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

12-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

19-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge

xx-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock

Note: Tiger Lounge gigs are part of their Tuesday night residency. Seaview Hotel Saturday residency.


21-Dec-78
AU Melbourne,Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology-Storey Hall
3RRR FM Radio Christmas Party
[with Stiletto, The Aliens, The Phones]

Setlist: Boy Hero/ Conversations/ Shivers/ Mouth To Mouth/ A.K.A./ Dive Position/ The Nightwatchman/ Caroline Says II [Lou Reed/Velvet Underground]/ Don't Split It [Subway Sect]/ I Mistake Myself/ Personality Crisis [New York Dolls]/ Grand Illusions/ Somebody’s Watching/ China Girl [David Bowie/Iggy Pop].

Note: Broadcast live-to-air by 3RRR. Rebroadcast on November 3rd, 2016 on the Max Headroom program, presented by Dave Graney, for the celebration of 40 years of 3RRR Available on the bootleg LP "What's The Storey?" (Germany 2011). "A.K.A.", "Grand Illusions" and "I Mistake Myself" are songs Rowland wrote when he was in The Young Charlatans, and "Shivers" Rowland wrote on 20-Jan-77 (when he was 17 and in The Obsessions). The Aliens are a new wave band from Adelaide and not to be confused with The Aliens, the punk band from Brisbane, later to become The Fun Things.


22-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts

Note: Hearts run by promoter Adrian Barker, who used to run Martini's at the Imperial Club Hotel, also in Carlton.


31-Dec-78
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
New Years' Eve
[with Secret Police, La Femme, Two Way Garden]






1979
The year in which their debut album "Door, Door" is released, the "Hee-Haw" EP is recorded and released. About 150 gigs.

03-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-Armadale,Armadale Hotel

11-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Dave Warner's From The Suburbs]

13-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Wintergarden Room
[with La Femme and Whirlywirld]

Note: Saturday residency at the Seaview Hotel. Laurie Richards took over the Seaview Hotel venue in St. Kilda from Dolores San Miguel, who did her last Wintergarden Room booking (@ the Seaview Hotel) on 13-Jan-79. Dolores moved her Wintergarden Room to the Exford Hotel in April 1979.


January 1979
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders studios, continuation of the record sessions for their debut album ("Door, Door"), which had started in June 1978 (without Rowland). Songs recorded are "After A Fashion" (written by Rowland S.Howard), "Dive Position" (written by Nick Cave), "I Mistake Myself" (written by Rowland S.Howard) and "Shivers" (written by Rowland S.Howard when he was in The Obsessions). All 4 tracks would end up on side two of the album. Engineered by Tony Cohen (the first time he's working with Nick Cave). Produced by the Boys Next Door.


20-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-Vermont,Manhattan Hotel
[with The Angels,Fast Buck]

27-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Tiger Lounge
Tiger Lounge Wake festival

27-Jan-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

Note: Laurie Richards closed down the Tiger Lounge end of January 1979 and took over running the Seaview Hotel venue in St. Kilda from Dolores San Miguel.


Champion Hotel 02-Feb-79

02-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Champion Hotel,Skabs
[with Small Fry]

Ad: Scan of ad. Article about Skabs from The Age 23-Feb-79.

Note: New rock venue run by Nigel Rennard, who in January 1981 would run The Ballroom at the Seaview Hotel in St.Kilda together with Dolores San Miguel until their falling out in September of 1981.


Crystal Ballroom 03-Feb-79

03-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with The Sports, Ross Hannaford's Reggae Allstars]

Video: Screen captures from private video.

Note: Grand re-opening. After closing down the Tiger Lounge end of January 1979 Laurie Richards took over from Dolores San Miguel booking bands at the Seaview Hotel venue in St. Kilda. Richards renamed the venue the Crystal Ballroom and operated it under that name until January 10th 1981.


Crystal Ballroom Feb-79

06-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

08-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom

10-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with Jim Keays]

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine February 1979.

Note: On February 6 the Boys Next Door start a Tuesday night residency @ The Crystal Ballroom.


Cathedral Hall 11-Feb-79

11-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Cathedral Hall
[support Midnight Oil and with Eric Gradman's Man & Machine]

Poster: Photo of poster.


13-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

17-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with Eric Gradman Man & Machine and Two Way Garden]

20-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

22-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Champion Hotel,Skabs

27-Feb-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)


06-Mar-79 Melbourne

06-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

10-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Vermont,Manhattan Hotel
[with Split Enz]

Ad: Scan of ad for March residency @ The Crystal Ballroom.


12-Mar-79 Bombay Rock

12-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with The Stranglers and Flowers]

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine March 1979.

Note: First birthday of the re-opened (Gudinski owned) Bombay Rock, "Australia's Rock 'n' Roll headquarters". UK punk band The Stranglers then toured Australia for 3 weeks.


06-Mar-79

13-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

17-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with The Skyhooks]

20-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

23-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

24-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Rollercoaster]

25-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom

27-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

Ad: Scan of ad for March residency @ The Crystal Ballroom.


Cathedral Hall 11-Feb-79

28-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with The Aliens and Australian Crawl]

Review: Scan of review from Roadrunner zine April 1979.

Note: Pyramid booking agency's premier event. Due to Mick Harvey's late arrival and their equipment being wrongly set up, they play only three songs.


Melbourne March 1979

29-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with The Radiators]

30-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with Jimmy & The Boys]

31-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(afternoon)
[with The Radiators]

31-Mar-79
AU Melbourne-Frankston,Sovereign Hotel

Photo: Photo of Nick Cave's agenda, on display at "Nick Cave-The Exhibition", Australia 2007-2009.


01-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with The Fallen Angels, aka The News]

03-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

04-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco

06-Apr-79
AU Melbourne,Swinburne Technical Institute


Bottom Line 06-Apr-79

06-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line
[with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons]

Ad: Scan of ad for the opening of the Bottom Line, taken from Roadrunner zine March 1979.

Note: Laurie Richards closed down the Tiger Lounge at the Royal Oak Hotel end of January 1979. On March 22, 1979 the venue re-opened as The Bottom Line. It was run by...... (who?).


07-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with Dragon]

10-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)


Seaview Hotel 14-Apr-79

14-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with Romantics and Eric Gradman's Man & Machine]

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine April 1979.


17-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)


Seaview Hotel 24-Apr-79

24-Apr-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)
[with Bohdan X, Pierre Voltaire band]

Photo: Photo credit © Jeff Busby .


Apr-1979
AU Release of the "Shivers/Dive Position" 7" single (Mushroom).


Tasmania May 79

01-May-79
AU Hobart,The Red Lion
[with The Tyger Band]

02-May-79
AU Hobart,University,Union
[with The Tyger Band]

03-May-79
AU Hobart,Granada Tavern
(early show)
[with The Tyger Band]

03-May-79
AU Hobart,The Red Lion
(late show)
[with The Tyger Band]

04-May-79
AU Burnie,Menai Hotel
[with The Tyger Band]

05-May-79
AU Launceston,Stumpy's Park Hotel
[with The Tyger Band]

Ad: Scan of ad for Tasmanian tour.

Note: In the early morning of Friday May 4th, Nick Cave had a drink-driving accident smashing a borrowed car into a police car. He was taken to the police station, beaten up, fined $100 in courtroom the next morning and released.


08-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with The Fallen Angels, aka The News]


Shivers video '79

xx-May-79
AU Melbourne-Hawthorn,Swinburne Technical,videos for "After A Fashion" and "Shivers"

Photo: Screen captures from "Shivers" video clip.

Note: Paul Goldman (who would in 1981 do the Birthday Party's "Nick The Stripper" promo video) had then just enrolled at Swinburne Tech. As a 'TV studio assignment' he directs two videos for the Boys Next Door on the same day. In the morning "After A Fashion" (against a white background) and in the afternoon "Shivers" (against a black background). Camera work by David Thompson and Evan English. Produced by Lucy McLaren.

"Shivers" was sold to Michael Gudinski (Mushroom) for $500 and shown on Melbourne's HSV7 TV's "Nightmoves", a midnight rock music show with Lee Simon, produced by Michael Gudinski. The band were refused to perform it on Molly Meldrum's ABC "Countdown" music television show because the producers said the song contained the unsuitable line "I've been contemplating suicide". They band were allowed however to perform it live on "Hey Hey It's Saturday" a children's Saturday morning TV show, hosted by Daryl Somers on GTV-9 (Richmond, Melbourne).


15-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom

Note: Tuesday night residency cancelled due touring Canberra and other cities promoting the "Door, Door" debut album.


Canberra 15-May-79

15-May-79
AU Canberra,Headquarters
[support for The Sports]

Ad: Taken from the Canberra Times 10-May-79.

Review: Review taken from the Canberra Times 17-May-79.

Note: Boys Next Door had to cancel due to Nick and Tracy's arrest. On the way from Melbourne to Canberra, 100 miles outside of Canberra on Hume Highway, they had been caught pissing from the back of a truck in full view of the wife of a chief of police. They were fined at Gundagai courthouse for $102.50 each on the 15th (Nick) and the 17th (Tracy). From "Nick Cave: The Birthday Party and Other Epic Adventures", a book by Robert Brokenmouth.


22-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

23-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco

26-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Crime and the City Solution]

29-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)

30-May-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
[with La Femme]

05-Jun-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
(Tuesday night residency)


Bananas 06-Jun-79

06-Jun-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,St.Moritz Ice Rink,Bananas Disco
(early show)

Ad: Photo of ad.


06-Jun-79
AU Melbourne,Rusden State College of Victoria
(late show)


June-1979
AU Release of the "Door, Door" album (Mushroom)
, which at the time sold 2,000 copies.

Review from Roadrunner June 1979. Review from Sydney Morning Herald 24-Jun-79 . Review from Worini 25-Jun-79 (a student newspaper of the Australian National University, in Canberra). Reproduction of ad taken from Roadrunner zine, August 1979.


07-Jun-79
AU Adelaide,Marryatville Hotel

Note: Second time touring Adelaide.


Adelaide 08-Jun-79

08-Jun-79
AU Adelaide,Princess Berkeley
[with U-Bombs]

09-Jun-79
AU Adelaide,Princess Berkeley
[with Terminal Twist]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine June 1979.


15-Jun-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom


Adelaide 26-Jun-79

26-Jun-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Radio Stars]

Poster: Photo of poster.


30-Jun-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

06-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Marijuana House


07-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room

Note: Dolores San Miguel did her last Wintergarden Room booking (@ the Seaview Hotel) on 13-Jan-79, moving it in April 1979 to the Exford Hotel in the city. Opening night was The Secret Police on 21-Apr-79. Dolores ran the Exford until mid 1981.


10-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom

13-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts

18-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Prince Of Wales Hotel
[with Two Way Garden]

20-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

Note: The Prince Of Wales is run by Joe Gualtieri, who used to run the Bombay Rock and Bananas venues.


Hearts 27-Jul-79

27-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with The Accountants]

Ad: Scan of ad.


Hearts 28-Jul-79

28-Jul-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Whirlywind and Tch Tch Tch]

Ad: Scan of ad.


July/August 1979
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders studios, record sessions for the "Hee-Haw" EP. Songs recorded are "A Catholic Skin" (written by Nick Cave), The Red Clock (written by Rowland S.Howard), "Faint Heart" (written by Nick Cave), "Death By Drowning" (written by Rowland S.Howard), "The Hair Shirt" (written by Nick Cave). As well as "The Plague" (written by Tracy Pew), which did not end up on the EP, but was subsequently released on a Birthday party compilation album. Engineered by Tony Cohen. Produced by Keith Glass with The Boys Next Door.

Michael Gudinksi (Mushroom records chief) did not like the tracks recorded. The Boys Next Door's manager Keith Glass then signs them to Missing Link records, a label he had established with David Pepperell in 1977. On March 3, 1971 Glass and David Pepperell (music journalist, and vocalist of The Union) founded the Archie 'n' Jughead record shop in Bourke Street (later moving to Manchester Lane) which specialised in imported albums from Europe and America. In 1977 they changed its name to Dr. Peppers. In 1978, when co-owner David Pepperell left, the shop's name was changed to Missing Link and moved to a new location in Collins Street and later in Flinders Lane.


03-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Imperial Club Hotel,Martini's
[with The Aliens]

04-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel


Crystal Ballroom 07-Aug-79

07-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with The Ears]

Ad: Scan of ad.


22-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Secret Police]

23-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel


Summerhill Hotel 24-Aug-79

24-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-Reservoir,Summerhill Hotel,Blue Fox

Ad: Scan of ad.


31-Aug-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Kingston Rock

Note: Located at the Upper Esplanade. Likely operated by Laurie Richards.


01-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,The Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room
[with Ron Rude and the Unforgettables]


Richmond Recorders xx-Sep-79

September 1979
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders studios, recording "Guilt Parade" (Rowland.S Howard) and "Hats On Wrong" (Nick Cave). Engineered by Tony Cohen. Produced by Keith Glass with Tony Cohen and The Boys Next Door.

Photo: (l-r) Tony Cohen, Rowland S.Howard and Mick Harvey. Credit Clinton Walker and taken from "Stranded, The secret history of Australian music 1977-1991", a book by Clinton Walker.


06-Sep-79
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel


Polaris Inn,Hearts 07-Sep-79

07-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Ron Rude & The Fucking Homos]

Setlist: First set: Waving My Arms/ Lets Talk About Art/ Hats On Wrong/ Riddle House/ Cracked Portrait (vocals by Rowland)/ Bones For Borneo/ Faint Heart.
Second set: Safe House/ The Running Goat/ The Friend Catcher/ Guilt Parade/ Scatterbrain/ and more..

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: The Fucking Homos are a one-off band with Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Rowland S.Howard and Phill Calvert. They do songs like "I Love You, You' and "I’ll Kill Them". Recorded by the group's live sound mixer Steven -Groper- Colgan, who also recorded their "Scatterbrain" 7" freebee single.


September 1979
AU Melbourne,Phillip Calvert's bedroom. Recording "Scatterbrain" (Rowland.S Howard) and about 20 other songs, including a faster version of "The Friend Cather". Engineered on 4-track by the group's live sound mixer Steven -Groper- Colgan. Mixed by Peter Inglis [former Skyhooks guitarst] at Pitt Street studios, Melbourne-Carlton at the end of Peter Lillie's "Samurai Star" single recording session in October 1979. Released on a split 7" single (other side a live track by The Models "Early Morning Brain") given away at their joint Crystal Ballroom gig on 20-Oct-79.


12-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

13-Sep-79
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel

14-Sep-79
AU Melbourne,University,Trophy Hall,Gay Dance

15-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,The Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room

19-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

20-Sep-79
AU Geelong,Eureka Hotel

22-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-Mordialloc,Bridge Hotel

26-Sep-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel
[with Secret Police]


Burnside Town Hall 28-Sep-79

28-Sep-79
AU Adelaide,Burnside Town Hall
[with U-Bombs and Lemmy Caution]

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine, September 1979.

Note: Third time touring Adelaide.


Centralia Hotel 29-Sep-79

29-Sep-79
AU Adelaide,Centralia Hotel
(early show)
[with The Immigrants]

Poster: Scan of poster.


29-Sep-79
AU Adelaide,Uni Bar
(late show)
[with The Innocents and Street Corner Jack]

30-Sep-79
AU Adelaide,Centralia Hotel
[with The Accountants]


02-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Armadale,Armadale Hotel


03-Oct-79
AU Melbourne,Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),Storey Hall

Setlist: Let's Talk About Art(*)/ After A Fashion(*)/ The Running Goat(*)/ Death By Drowning(*)/ Cracked Portrait (vocals by Rowland S. Howard)(*)/ A Catholic Skin(*)/ A.K.A.(*)/ Shivers(*)/ The Friend Catcher(*)/ Safe House(*)/ Scatterbrain(*)/ Guilt Parade(*)/ Brave Exhibitions/ Somebody's Watching Me/ The Faint Heart/ The Hair Shirt(*).

Note: Tracks (*) released on the "Next Door" bootleg CD (An Ideal For Living 1994), there it's listed as Sydney 04-Nov-79.


04-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom

05-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel

xx-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
Rocktober '79 festival
[with Australian Crawl, The Aliens]

12-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts

13-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel
[with Secret Police]

19-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Shots]


Crystal Ballroom 20-Oct-79

20-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with The Models]

Ad: Scan of ad. Scan of alternative ad .

Note: 500 copies of the Boys Next Door: "Scatterbrain"/The Models: "Early Morning Brain" split 7" single given away.


Brisbane 24-Oct-79

24-Oct-79
AU Sunshine Coast-Mudjimba,Surfair International Hotel Motel

27-Oct-79
AU Brisbane,Hotel Brisbane
(afternoon)

Ad: Scan of ad from Brisbane's Time Off (a free weekly tabloid-sized music magazine that began on campus in 1979 at the University of Queensland).


Bottom Line 26-Oct-79

26-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Likely cancelled due to Brisbane tour.


27-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room

Note: Likely cancelled due to the Brisbane tour.


31-Oct-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

02-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Kingston Hotel
[with Sneak Preview]

03-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Central Club Hotel
[with Tremors]


Crystal Ballroom 05-Nov-79

05-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
Cup eve special
[support for The Members, with Tch Tch Tch ]

Setlist: Safe House/ Guilt Parade(*)/ Shivers(*)/ Cracked Portrait(*)/ A Catholic Skin(*)/ Waving My Arms(*)/ Death By Drowning(*)/ The Running Goat(*)/ The Friend Catcher(*)/ After A Fashion(*)/ Scatterbrain/ Faint Heart/ Somebody's Watching/ Let's Talk About Art/ Brave Exhibitions/ The Hair Shirt/ The Nightwatchman/ Don't Split It [Subway Sect]

Poster: Photo of poster. Alternative photo of poster .

Ad: Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine, November 1979.

Note: Tracks (*) released on the "Next Door" bootleg CD (An Ideal For Living 1994), there it's listed as London Tavern, Melbourne 03-Oct-79.


Sydney 07-Nov-79

07-Nov-79
AU Sydney,Pitt Street,The Civic Hotel

Poster: Photo of poster.


14-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

16-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts

21-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

24-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room


Festival Hall 25-Nov-79

25-Nov-79
AU Melbourne,Festival Hall
[support for The Angels, and with Cold Chisel, La Femme, Flowers]

Ticket: Scan of ticket. Alternative scan of ticket.

Fee statement: Reproduction of statement from Dirty Pool booking agency, showing the band's fee ($100) minus cost for damages ($72), leaving a balance of $28. taken from booklet with "Definitive Missing Link Recordings 1979-1982" 5CD box (1991).

Note: In front of four to five thousand people, they were booed off stage."I can only imagine that Keith got us on that bill. La Femme opened that gig and they were on Missing Link too. I remember when we did that gig our band room was right up in the roof and there was this ladder going up to this hole in the roof. So Nick [Cave] climbed up there, and he said "Oh, you can see down onto the stage from here" and he walked forward and this enormous masonite panel fell away from the roof and crashed down onto the stage. So consequently we didn't get paid! (laughs). [...] I remember we walked out on stage and we wanted to alienate the audience so we started with "The Friend Catcher". So I started the noise and I waited, and Tracy was supposed to come in but he didn't, his lead was broken. So after playing this noise for about a minute and a half I stopped and there was this polite applause. They thought that was our first song! (laughs). Then afterwards, Nick and I were going home on the train and we were waiting at the station and these schoolgirls came up to us and said "Don't worry, we liked you, we thought you were good, even though nobody else did, it's okay ". It was like "Hey, wow but we couldn't have cared less." . Rowland S. Howard from on interview by Ian McFarlane (Prehistoric Sounds magazine, Vol 1 #2 - November 24, 1994).


Hearts 30-Nov-79

30-Nov-79
AU Melbourne-Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Little Murders]

Ad: Scan of ad.


01-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line


08-Dec-79
AU Release of the "Hee-Haw" 12" EP (Missing Link records)
, then selling about 2,000 copies.
Scan of ad from Roadrunner zine, December 1979.


Hearts 08-Dec-79

08-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Newsheet: Scan of Crystal Ballroom newsheet .

Note: "Hee Haw" EP launch and screening of a Boys Next Door documentary film.


14-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-Caulfield,London Tavern Hotel

24-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-City/Chinatown,Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room
(early show)


Bottom Line 24-Dec-79

24-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line
Christmas Eve
(late show)
[with The Hepsters and Whirlywirld]

Ad: Scan of ad.


26-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Primitive Calculators ???]


Sydney 30-Dec-79

30-Dec-79
AU Sydney-Darlinghurst,Brighton Hotel
[with The Go-Betweens]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Start of a series of farewell concerts before the band moves to London. Then already wanting to change the band's name to The Birthday Party.


Club 475 31-Dec-79

31-Dec-79
AU West-Melbourne,Hotel Spencer,Spencer Street 475,Club 475
[with Secret Police, International Exiles, The Ears]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ad: Scan of The Ears ad .

Note: Opening night of a new club opened by Dolores San Miguel, which she would be running for 6 months, until May 1980, by which time she was again at the Seaview Hotel, now running the Paradise Lounge. First New Years Eve gig for the Boys Next Door of the evening.


Crystal Ballroom 31-Dec-79

31-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Eric Gradman's Man & Machine, Models, Tch Tch Tch , Primitive Calculators, Peter Lillee's Leasuremasters, Ron Rude's Piano Piano]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Second New Years Eve gig for the Boys Next Door of the evening.






1980
The final year for the Boys Next Door. Tired of playing the same songs to the same audiences at the same venues, they leave Australia for London at the last day of February 1980. About 20 gigs.

02-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club

09-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club

11-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line


Crystal Ballroom 12-Jan-80

12-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Split Enz]

Photo: Photo credit © Jeff Busby .

Ad: Scan of ad .


16-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club


January 1980
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders studios, recording "The Friend Catcher" (Nick Cave), "Waving My Arms" (Rowland S.Howard), "Catman" (Gene Vincent), "Mr. Clarinet" (Nick Cave), for a possible release on an album for Ralph Records (San Francisco) together with the tracks on the "Hee-Haw" EP. This never happened and instead the tracks would be released as the first 2 Birthday Party singles while they were in London. Engineered by Tony Cohen. Produced by Keith Glass with Tony Cohen and The Boys Next Door.


23-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club


Bottom Line 25-Jan-80

25-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line

Ad: Reproduction of ad taken from booklet with "The Glory Days Of Aussie Pub Rock" 4CD (Festival 2016).


27-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom

30-Jan-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club


Crystal Ballroom 02-Feb-80

02-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with The Models, Pop Gun Men, Peter Lillee's Leasuremasters, Tch Tch Tch, Broderick Smith]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: On Februay 2nd, the first birthday of the Crystal Ballroom is celebrated with a festival. Laurie Richards took over the venue from Dolores San Miguel in February 1979 and renamed the room, The Crystal Ballroom.


03-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-South Yara,Her Majesty's Hotel,Macy's


February 1980
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders studios, recording "Happy Birthday" (Harvey/Cave/Howard) and "Riddle House" (Rowland S.Howard), which would be given away at their February 16, farewell concert. Engineered by Tony Cohen. Produced by Keith Glass with Tony Cohen and The Boys Next Door.


Melbourne Feb-80

06-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Tch Tch Tch ]

07-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-South Yara,Her Majesty's Hotel,Macy's
[with The Laughing Clowns]

09-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with The Laughing Clowns]

10-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with The Sports and Leme Caution]
(Roadrunner zine benefit)

13-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts Club

15-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line
[with Tch Tch Tch ]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Series of 'farewell' concerts before leaving for London.


Crystal Ballroom 16-Feb-80

16-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Crystal Ballroom
[with Ron Rude's Piano Piano]

Photo: Credit Jim Goodwin. Used with kind permission.

Ad: Scan of ad .

Note: Their final show (at the Crystal Ballroom). 500 copies of the "Happy Birthday"/"Riddle House" 7" single given away.


Hearts 27-Feb-80

27-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with Tch Tch Tch ]

28-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-North Carlton,Polaris Inn,Hearts
[with ]

Ad: Photo of ad.

Note: Two more final 'farewell' concerts.


The band leaves from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport for London (UK) on 29-Feb-80 at 8:40PM and change their name to The Birthday Party. They live in poor circumstances and have to take day jobs to support themselves. They will end up playing only 10 shows (on borrowed equipment) in London in 1980. Despite the name change they continue to perform mainly Boys Next Door songs during their live sets. Only as of the spring of 1981 their sets will consist mainly out of new, Birthday Party, material.



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