Happy Birthday (Birthday Party song)
|Single by The Boys Next Door|
|Recorded||Richmond Recorders, Melbourne, 1980|
|Writer(s)||Nick Cave Mick Harvey Rowland S. Howard|
The release of the single was part of the band's rebranding of themselves as The Birthday Party before their relocation to London. It is notable for several reasons. The mundanity of the song's lyrical subject matter, an eleven-year-old boy's birthday party, contrasts strongly to the discordance of the music. The song is also an excellent showcase for the sub-vocalisations that marked Nick Cave's early singing style, including grunts, wordless shrieks and on two separate occasions an impersonation of a barking dog. The song also displays the band's innovative use of two lead guitarists playing two separate riffs.