Door, Door

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Door, Door
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Studio album by The Boys Next Door
Released 1979
Recorded June 1978
Side A recorded at Alan Eaton Studios (Melbourne)
January 1979
Side B produced at Richmond Recorders
Genre Post-punk
Length 31:56
Label Mushroom Records
Producer The Boys Next Door
The Boys Next Door chronology
Door, Door
Hee Haw
Singles from Door, Door
  1. "Shivers"
    Released: May 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Door, Door is the debut album by Australian rock band The Birthday Party, released under the name "The Boys Next Door" in 1979. The Album was recorded before the band left Australia for London in 1980, at which point they changed their name to The Birthday Party and created the body of work for which they are most recognized. Likewise, the album is different stylistically from their later work, being less dark and slightly more poppy. Guest saxophonist Chris Coyne had played in the band in its pre-Punk days. He appears on "The Nightwatchman," "Brave Exhibitions" and "The Voice."

The band recorded a full album in June 1978 as a four-piece. After Rowland S. Howard joined (shortly after June 1978), and they rapidly developed new material, they recorded five new songs in January 1979 which became side two of the released LP (tracks 7-10 of the CD release). Of the "missing" half-album, only a demo of the song "Sex Crimes" has ever been released (in 2005).[2]

Cave later said of the album, "We were adolescents and very late developers. There was a period where we were confused and had a lot of problems and we put out an album like Door, Door which is a product of all those things. I mean, it was a complete wet dream that record. I hate it. It reeks of a band trying to be musically intelligent and write clever, witty lyrics. It's a complete wank."[3]

The album includes the single "Shivers" which became their best known song of this period. Written by Rowland S. Howard, "Shivers" was later covered by Marie Hoy, The Screaming Jets during the 1990s, Divine Fits, and others. "Shivers" was also in the soundtrack of the 1980s film Dogs in Space, both the original Door Door version and Marie Hoy cover.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Nightwatchman" – 2:07
  2. "Brave Exhibitions" – 2:27
  3. "Friends of my World" – 2:46
  4. "The Voice" – 2:55
  5. "Roman Roman" – 1:35
  6. "Somebody's Watching" – 2:39
  7. "After a Fashion" – 4:36
  8. "Dive Position" – 2:47
  9. "I Mistake Myself" – 4:31
  10. "Shivers" – 4:34

All songs credited to The Boys Next Door.

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Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Inner City Sound. "Inner City Soundtrack track list". Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Andrea Jones. "Birthday Party Celebrate". Australian Rolling Stone. Randwick, NSW: Silvertongues Pty Ltd (February 1982): pg17. 

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