The Birthday Party is a 1980 album by Australian rock band, The Boys Next Door, (later reissued under the band name The Birthday Party). The album was produced by The Boys Next Door, Tony Cohen, and Keith Glass; it was recorded with Cohen engineering at Richmond Recorders Studios in Melbourne from July 1979 to February 1980.
The album was a vast difference from the new-wave pop-punk stylings of their debut Door, Door (released the year earlier), moving towards the dark and chaotic post punk style they would later become known for (as The Birthday Party). This album was both the final album by The Boys Next Door and the first full-length release by The Birthday Party. In its original release, it was credited to both, but on its first reissue, it was credited to The Birthday Party.
While recording for the song "Mr. Clarinet," bassist Tracy Pew was absent from the actual recording session, so after the band members left, Pew recorded his part alone. Two of the album's songs, "The Red Clock" and "The Hair Shirt," the former sung by Rowland S. Howard, were originally included on the Hee Haw EP, released in 1979 when the Birthday Party were still known as Boys Next Door.